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    China cage great Yao Ming at the stands as Philippines battles Kazakhstan

    Aug 16, 2018
    The opener draws a sparse crowd but among those in attendance was Yao Ming.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    JAKARTA – Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming was in attendance in the 2018 Asian Games men’s basketball tournament opener on Thursday as the Philippines faced Kazakhstan.

    Yao’s China team is bracketed with both teams in Group D of the men’s basketball competition of the Asiad.

    Before his NBA career, Yao played for China in the Asian Games in 2002 where he matched up against the Philippines.

    On that team was Asi Taulava, who is back with the Philippine squad 16 years after their face-off.

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    The opener draws a sparse crowd but among those in attendance was Yao Ming.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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