September 8, 2016

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, congratulates Yao Ming on his induction into the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Along with being an 8-time All Star while in the NBA, Yao Ming’s emergence in the NBA helped create a new fan base for the league in China. His impact continues to be seen today.

The first overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft the same year, Ming earned All-Rookie honors his first season and would go on to be named to the All-NBA Team five times. As the anchor of the Chinese National Team, Yao was named a three-time FIBA Asian Championship MVP.

Inducting Yao Ming into the Hall of Fame will be Dikembe Mutombo, Bill Russell, and Bill Walton.

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held this Friday, September 9th at Springfield Symphony Hall.

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.