Tale of the Tall

How does Yao Ming stack up against Manute Bol, Shawn Bradley, Gheorghe Muresan and other giants? Page 2's Dan Shanoff compares.

Updated: May 7, 2002, 12:15 PM ET
By Dan Shanoff | Page 2 columnist

Chairman Yao? The Ming Dynasty? How about Shanghai Surprise, minus Madonna and Sean Penn?

Chinese prospect Yao Ming has spawned more draft curiosity than any player since a skinny, 6-11 high school kid from Chicago dismantled the prep-to-pro barrier. Now, we've got a real-life version of "The Air Up There II: How Yao Like Me Now?" -- only without the Kevin Bacon factor.

But is the hype really deserved? Sure, he showed flashes of game in his private Chicago workout last week for ...

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