NBA ready to tap China's talent pool

Updated: February 15, 2004, 4:55 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal might be the most dominant big man in the NBA, but for the second consecutive year at All-Star weekend, it's been Yao Ming towering over just about everyone else.

Yao Ming
Yao Ming, right, is likely only one of the first of many big men from China with a future in the NBA.

If being voted as an All-Star starter over Shaq for the second straight year isn't enough, the NBA threw a little party in Yao's favor Saturday that should've made him feel just a little closer to home.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer