Friday, February 02, 2007
7 ft 9in Basketball Player From China Signs
Sun Ming Ming is a 7ft 9inch basketball player who just joined the Maryland Nighthawks of the ABA league. And we all made fun of 7ft 6in Yao Ming when he came to America to play ball.
Sun Ming Ming is from a small town called Dayan, near Harbin, China, in the Heilongjiang province. His incredible size is partly due to a medical condition (a tumor on the pituitary gland) which caused his body to grow at a rapid rate. He's had surgery to halt the condition and possibly save his life.
Sun wears a size 19 sneaker and weighs in at 340 pounds (some say more like 370). Early footage of him on youtube reveal his movements as a bit slow and labored, but that was before the corrective surgery.
After seeing Yao Ming mature into a great basketball player, I wouldn't be suprised to see Sun Ming Ming follow in Yao's footsteps and wind up playing in the NBA All-Star game some day.
In the meantime, we'll keep an eye on Sun and give him time to hone his basketball skills while playing in the ABA. Yes folks, the ABA does exist.