For those of you wondering what former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is up to these days, he is entering his third-year at Jiao Tong University and only need two more years to complete his college degree.
Recently, the fine folks over New York Times did a short piece on Yao’s college time and below is a short excerpt from their piece which reveals Yao’s want to live in the dorms except for one small problem:
On class days, Yao Ming, the 7-foot-6 retired N.B.A. center, wakes up at the crack of dawn to beat the Shanghai traffic. Carrying a lunch prepared by his wife, Ye Li, a 6-foot-3 former player in China’s professional league, Mr. Yao drives more than an hour to Jiao Tong University, where he sits through his required courses in the economics and management department. According to one Chinese news report, Mr. Yao would prefer to live in the dorms with his 20-year-old classmates, a move that would save time and energy, “but the beds are too small.”
“When I signed my first professional contract with the Shanghai Sharks at age 17, I promised my parents that, after my basketball career ended, I would pursue my studies at the university level,” Mr. Yao told reporters in Shanghai.
To be fair, those beds are small for pretty much everyone!
Ming image courtesy of Getty Images