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Yao Ming Goes Back To School

What's a recently retired NBA superstar to do, what with a lockout on and all?

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For Yao Ming, it meant going back to school. Just read this Time Magazine profile on him, because it's a doozy. It breaks down what he'll be studying (math, English and modern Chinese history) along with the fact that the university built him a special chair.

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Other astounding facts about him:

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  • He was plucked out of regular school and became a basketball player at a young age. So, basically, he learned basketball growing up instead of math and whatnot. Should make going to college tougher.
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  • Yao bought a Chinese professional team? The one he used to play for? Crazy. I can imagine Yao being the first Chinese NBA owner someday.
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  • No, really! He's studying management right now, which means he's getting ready for doing at least as good a job as Mark Cuban.
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  • He's also studying journalism?? That delighted me to no end. Can you imagine Yao showing up at a Rockets press conference someday? I'm giddy just thinking about it.
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  • How great would it be if Phil Jackson went to China to coach Yao's team? Or Bill Walton? We need to make that happen, like yesterday...
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