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    Yao absence a 'letdown' ahead of Sharks match

    May 7, 2013
    Former NBA superstar Yao Ming, shown being mobbed by fans at the MOA Arena during the Sharks' match against Gilas on Monday, won't be around for Tuesday's game against a PBA selection. Jerome Ascano

    FORMER NBA superstar Yao Ming will not be around for the final leg of the Philippines-China Friendship Games on Tuesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    A Philippine Sports Commission official said the 7-foot-6 Yao, who owns the Shanghai Sharks team that will play a PBA selection during the last game of the two-day goodwill series, has already left Manila early Tuesday morning for China.

    It was not clear why Yao had left and didn’t stay on for the second match.

    A source said Araneta Coliseum officials were disappointed with the development since it had the face of the former Houston Rockets franchise player in its advertisement materials to promote the game.

    Yao sat at the back of the Sharks bench and gave instructions to a few players during the team’s game against Gilas Pilipinas on Monday night, which the visiting Chinese pro team lost, 72-80, on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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    Unfortunately, Yao wasn’t generous enough to entertain photo ops and autograph requests from fans before and after the game.

    Sports5 cameramen were also turned away by the Chinese basketball star’s security when they tried to get a shot of Yao near the bench.

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    Former NBA superstar Yao Ming, shown being mobbed by fans at the MOA Arena during the Sharks' match against Gilas on Monday, won't be around for Tuesday's game against a PBA selection. Jerome Ascano
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