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SPECIAL MIDWEEK EDITION:
A whole smother story for Yao

Updated: March 22, 2006, 3:08 AM ET
By Marc Stein
ESPN.com

DALLAS -- One thing I'll always respect about Yao Ming, no matter how he's playing:

He makes himself available to media gnats like me six times every gameday.

He takes questions after the morning shootaround. He takes questions again about an hour before the opening tip. Then he takes them post-game.

First in English, then in Mandarin. Every single time.

It means that Yao, especially now, sees a swarm every time he looks up. Tracy ...

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