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NBA Legend Yao Ming Pledges to Back Chinese Basketball Players Amidst Online Harassment

Yao Ming says criticism of the Chinese men’s basketball team has gone too far after some players were abused online following disappointing results. China beat Taiwan to win bronze, but the campaign was regarded as a failure and came weeks after they finished 29th of 32 teams at the World Cup, missing out on the Paris Olympics. Yao, president of the Chinese Basketball Association, said, “We will always support our players to defend their rights and interests, and in this regard (online abuse), we will provide all the necessary support.”

The 43-year-old Yao had labeled the China players “slackers” and warned there was a “huge gap” between them and the world’s best teams.