Yao Ming Begins College Life

Global Times reports on the start of basketball icon Yao Ming’s post-NBA academic career at Shanghai Jiao Tong University:

According to Yao, who retired on July 20, he has enrolled in the Antai College of Economics & Management, although he will also study finance and journalism. The school has prepared a tailor-made chair for the supersize student.

“I chose Jiao Tong University instead of private tutors, because I want to feel the atmosphere on campus,” Yao told reporters Monday.

However, the giant will spend more time in private one-to-one classes in order to reduce disturbing the lives of other students ….

Li Detian, a maths student and player, said it would not be unfair for Yao to receive special treatment.

“He is the pride of China. His good work in the NBA has earned him the special treatment,” Li said. “I hope Yao can play for our university team, or at least come to teach us some techniques.”

See also the announcement of Yao’s retirement from the NBA and the subsequent angst about China’s ability to produce an heir—”We can either choose to blame the gods and whine about our misfortune or we can step up to the plate and train the next generation of talent”—via CDT.

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