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With Yao, agent Duffy stands tall, too

Yao Ming's popularity is on the rise, just like the firm of one of his agents, Bill Duffy.

Updated: February 25, 2003, 5:36 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

The teeming masses of fans -- with cameras, basketball jerseys and markers in hand -- have been waiting outside the Hyatt in Atlanta for the past two hours.

Inside, the NBA's top players are holed up, resting before the All-Star Game. Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Michael Jordan are here, but everyone is waiting out in the cold Georgia rain for a rookie from China.

When Yao Ming emerges from the hotel, the crowd erupts. Police can barely keep the throng of screaming ...

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