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Video poem: First draft of Yao Ming’s retirement speech

Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

Former NBA player Yao Ming attends a business event in Shanghai August 16, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL BUSINESS)


Did we ever know the real Yao Ming?

The Yao I saw who with teammates and was came off as thoughtful in his talks with media, it was easy to like him, but he was really a mystery to a lot of fans. When he retired the discussion was more about marketing and global impact than his game. And there was so little talk of him as a person.

Giles Li, an Asian-American poet out of Boston, turned his poem “First Draft of Yao Ming’s Retirement Speech” into the video below. It is fantastic, and like all good art helps us view people and the world a little bit differently. Gives us new perspective. You should watch this.

Warning, some NSFW language is in here, not a lot but there is some. Thanks to Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie for finding this.