By Jiawen Wang & Feng Yin, St. Cloud State University freshmen

scsu_yao_seatEditor’s Note: Long before Mar. 1, when the Minnesota Timberwolves hosted the Houston Rockets and Yao Ming at Target center, a group of Chinese undergraduate students (many freshmen) at SCSU wanted only one thing: to watch Yao Ming play in person for the first time in their lives. Richard He, president of China Insight, introduced them to Patrick Floey from Minnesota Timberwolves Group Ticket Sales to help the group get the best seats available. Feng Yin and Jiawen, two freshmen from Hunan Province, China, volunteered to cover the event and game for China Insight. Jiawen took numerous photos and wrote the article with Yin. Yin planned the trip, including purchasing tickets, renting a bus, and handling logistics. Over 20 students arrived at Target Center via charter bus around 5 p.m. and left for SCSU around 10 p.m. after the game.

By Jiawen Wang & Feng Yin, St. Cloud State University freshmen

scsu_yao_seatEditor’s Note: Long before Mar. 1, when the Minnesota Timberwolves hosted the Houston Rockets and Yao Ming at Target center, a group of Chinese undergraduate students (many freshmen) at SCSU wanted only one thing: to watch Yao Ming play in person for the first time in their lives. Richard He, president of China Insight, introduced them to Patrick Floey from Minnesota Timberwolves Group Ticket Sales to help the group get the best seats available. Feng Yin and Jiawen, two freshmen from Hunan Province, China, volunteered to cover the event and game for China Insight. Jiawen took numerous photos and wrote the article with Yin. Yin planned the trip, including purchasing tickets, renting a bus, and handling logistics. Over 20 students arrived at Target Center via charter bus around 5 p.m. and left for SCSU around 10 p.m. after the game.

 

“ Hurrah!” With this excited cry our trip to the Target Center to see the performance by Yao Ming began. Before the trip, we spent a long time talking with many friends who wanted to watch the game; got the head count and purchased the best seats available with the help of China Insight. Then we discussed how to get Target Center with this group of 20 plus students. We had two options: one was by taxi, it's expensive and the group would be isolated on 6-7 taxis; another option was by charter bus. We finally decided to go by charter bus. We gathered at the SCSU library parking lot and boarded the bus at 3:30 p.m. and started the journey.

The game ended up with 105-94, Houston Rockets beating Minnesota Timberwolves. During the whole match, Yao Ming towered over the Timberwolves by 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks, which recorded a season-high blocked shots. And his career high is 8.

During the whole game, Yao did a good job. On the aspect of offense, Yao pushed and shoved Love all over the paint until he got into position for easy hook shots and layups. On the aspect of defense, Yao get three shots away from Love and challenged countless others. In the first period, Yao scored 6 points; in the second period, Yao scored 6 points; in the third period, Yao scored 3 points.

We got a chance to interview the team and Yao Ming at the guest locker room. During the interview, Yao said, “I think they used me well. Not just saying passing me the ball, but my teammates really used me well. They used me, the double team, to get open looks for the rest of the team.”

What is more, he also said that teamwork is very important, because he and his teammates communicated before the match, they cooperated well this night. And this can make the whole team become stronger.

The students from SCSU also praised that Yao did good well in this game. One of the students, Shoujie Cai said, “It’s so cool that Yao blocks the shots, it shows the All-Star Player’s quality.” After watching the match, they still could not help talking about the match on bus. Everybody said that if there is any other chance to come to see Yao’s performance, they would definitely like to go. Most of them enjoyed the atmosphere of watching the NBA live. They were happy and excited.

 

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Yao Ming Free Throw (by Jiawen)

 

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Yao Ming at the game (by Jiawen)

 

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Yao Ming talks with the referee (by Jiawen)

 

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SCSU studends inside the Bus (by Jiawen)

 

About the authors

Feng Yin: A die hard basketball fan from Loudi, Hunan Province, China. 19 years old, freshman at SCSU. First time to watch an NBA game (on TV, of course) in 2004, this was the first time to watch the NBA in person. Really enjoyed NBA, and loved the amazing performance showed in NBA.

Jiawen Wang: From Changsha, Hunan Province, China. Enjoy watching NBA games, especially Yao’s performance. Freshman at SCSU.

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