Capitalism thrives in China as McGrady passes Yao

Updated: February 2, 2006, 10:49 AM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

The spin was classic: If the NBA's top-selling jersey in China isn't Yao Ming's, it must qualify as a huge upset. After all, if Yao can't dominate his own nation in hoops, who can?

As it happens, there is an answer to that question, as follows: The NBA can. And, increasingly, the NBA does.

The news of the week was straight out of the David Stern Guide to Transcending the Dream State: Yao has actually been surpassed in jersey sales in his native country by his ...

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