Yao Got Game

In America, the in-your-face dunk is the most beloved of basketball conventions. But for one seven-foot-four teenage giant, learning to slam the ball through the hoop meant defying everything his Chinese coaches had taught him—and getting his first taste of freedom on the court.

The excerpt from Operation Yao Ming, by Brook Larmer, was removed on January 2, 2007, by request of the publisher, Gotham Books, a member of Penguin Group.

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