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Yao says he's determined to conquer NBA

Updated: June 27, 2002, 5:50 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- The NBA's No. 1 draft pick said Thursday he's looking forward to battling with the best in the league -- even if he has to adjust to American food along the way.

A day after making basketball history, 7-foot-5 Yao Ming worked out with the Chinese national team and pledged one day to best Shaquille O'Neal.

"He is a mountain in my way,'' Yao said, referring to the Los Angeles Lakers' own 7-foot star. "I will try to conquer it by all means.

"My first tries ...

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