Friday, May 29, 2009

It's like if Yao Ming grew three inches. And became slower. And looked different. And was named Sun Mingming.

World, meet Chinese center Sun Mingming. He's 7-foot-9, plays professionally in Japan and wears number 79 (maybe because he's 7-9? That would be a bit contrived.) Did we mention he's tall?
His size has led to the comparisons with his compatriot Yao of the, but Sun’s lack of speed is considered by some experts as a barrier to a career in the NBA.

If he ever makes it to the NBA, Sun would be the tallest player in the league’s history, overtaking Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan, who both stood 7-foot-7. Yao, at 7-foot-6, is the tallest active NBA player.

You'd think someone would take a waiver on him. If he can hold a basketball with two hands and walk without falling over, he's good for at least 15 and 10 a game.

Though his imposing figure could become a rude welcoming for some of the league's shorter players. Much like the defender picture above, fighting off a screen might turn into the 15-year-old's equivalent of second base. Though things could probably work out well for Sun's girlfriend: knee pads not necessary.

[AP]

8 comments:

JMC said...

how the fuck do people get to be that tall? it can't be healthy

GMoney said...

Make her wear the kneepads anyway!

Anonymous said...

but can he dunk?

HM said...

There was a guy 20 years ago who was Chinese and went by (I think) "Mr. Mu." Mu was about 7'7" and weighed about 400 pounds. He was surprisingly ineffective.

Another example of an enormous man who sucked at hoops is Paul Wight (pro wrestler -- The Big Show). He scored 39 points in an entire season playing D-II ball.

You can't be a star basketball player just because you are big. Those who downplay Shaq's greatness ("he is just big") do a great disservice to his athletic ability.

Joddie said...

I know one of that tall kind of people in Indonesia.. 'n he's playing basketball too.. but he's so slow and totally ineffective.. I'm agree with HM: You can't be a star basketball player just because you are big.

Carrot said...

This is hilarious! But size becomes entirely irrelevant here, all that matters is the DUNK!

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I would like to watch Mingming (strange that his last name is formed by two times one word) playing. Even though he plays in Japan, probably he can make it here.

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