Shanghai surprise

We thought we would teach him how to really play the game. But we ended up being Yao Ming's students writes Page 2's Ralph Wiley.

Updated: December 20, 2002, 2:22 PM ET
By Ralph Wiley | Page 2 columnist

In the time before Time, near the end of the Shaq/Kobe Dynasty (1999-2004) and long before the King James Dynasty (2010-2014), a youth appeared on the NBA landscape. First, he was merely the Stranger, laughed at, mocked, positioned as a simple droid of a man, a stick, an NBA version of a reverse Manchurian Candidate, a diplomatic attaché who would help the Association expand its market into Asia, and mainland China, itself, with its billion-plus people, and its markets nowhere near maxed out. ...

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