7'6" center who was the first overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. He was named an NBA All-Star during all eight of his seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets , then was forced to retire in 2011 after numerous foot and ankle injuries.
He practiced 10 hours a day in order to make the Shanghai Sharks junior team at the age of 13.
He was an All-NBA Second Team selection twice and an All-NBA Third Team selection three times in his career.
He married Ye Li in 2007 and he has a child named Yao Qinlei. His parents Yao Zhiyuan and Fengdi Fang were both Chinese national basketball players.
In the 2005 All-Star Game fan voting, he broke Michael Jordan 's record for most votes.