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Yao Ming to bring players to Taiwan


Chinese basketball star Yao Ming will be among a group of players from the NBA who will visit Taiwan later this month for charity events.

Yao, at 2.23m, was the first Chinese player in the NBA and currently plays for the Houston Rockets.

He is scheduled to arrive in Taipei for a July 28 charity game in Taipei Arena as part of his Yao Foundation Charity Tour.

Joining Yao, who will be coming to Taiwan for the first time since 2007, will be seven NBA players — Baron Davis of the Los Angeles Clippers, Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks, Hasheem Thabeet of the Memphis Grizzlies, DaJuan Summers of the Detroit Pistons, Amir Johnson of the Toronto Raptors and a pair of Yao’s Houston teammates — Aaron Brooks and Chase Budinger — organizer Bros Sports Marketing announced.

Eight players from Taiwan’s Super Basketball League, including Chen Hsin-an, Lin Chih-chieh and Tien Lei, as well as singer Jay Chou, will also be involved in the charity event.

Fourteen players from the Shanghai Sharks, a team owned by Yao in China’s professional league, will play in the game as well, Bros Sports spokesman Chen Han-chuan said.

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will visit Taiwan separately from July 26 to July 30 for an Amway-sponsored event to select six children between seven and 12 years old in a basketball training camp for a special prize.

The selected children will play two games with teams from China next month for a free trip to next year’s NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

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