Monday, September 17, 2007
Yao Ming: Local hero
In China last year there was a celebrity auction organised by Yao Ming (Houston Rocket) and NBA All Star, Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns) to raise money to help educate impoverished children. The auction attracted a bevy of pop stars and cinema celebrities and raised a total of 6.75 million yuan. Signed shoes were the key attraction and local hero Yao’s shoes went for 10 times more than a signed Chicago Bulls jersey belonging to Michael Jordan. The signed shoes and some other items went for 3.6 million yuan (480,000 dollars) at the Thursday night event, while the jersey signed and worn by Jordan during the 1996 NBA finals sold for 380,000 yuan.