Quite a day for former Houston Rocket Yao Ming. The seven-foot-six NBA icon was honored by Mayor Annise Parker as an official goodwill ambassador and presented with a key to the city.
“Because he has given so much already to the city of Houston, he will continue to give to the city of Houston and I know he would never disgrace the city of Houston.,’ explained Mayor Parker.
More than anything it was a chance to recognize the NBA legend for the contributions he’s made to the city since coming here in 2002. And despite a treasure chest of other awards he’s received over the years, the super-star was honored to be recognized by the city that’s become his second home.
“After ten years of living here we found out this city has such a home feeling,’ Ming said. ‘The city the people the team, the fans, bring us the feeling that’s like you always feel in the summer time – summertime in Houston – really warms our hearts.”
“While we know his heart is in China and these days he spends more time in Shanghai because of his studies, he also has another home here in Houston,’ Mayor Parker said.
Yao is in town to help judge the NBA All-Star slam-dunk contest, along with a laundry list of other All-Star festivities. As for that key to the city, we know what you’re thinking and no, it doesn’t work at the bank.