By Kristie Rieken
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — Yao Ming, along with Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, Sheryl Swoopes, Tom Izzo, and Jerry Reinsdorf, were elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 4.
Yao, the top overall pick in 2002, was an eight-time All-Star who spent his entire career with the Rockets. Yao is in China and wasn’t in town for the announcement of the Hall of Fame.
In an interview with ESPN, Yao said he was surprised and honored.
On April 7, during the second quarter of a game against the Suns, the Rockets showed a video of Yao’s career highlights on the large screens at the arena. Yao will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in September.
Posthumous honorees include John McLendon, the first Black coach in a professional league; Cumberland Posey, who also is in the Baseball Hall of Fame; and Zelmo Beaty, who led Prairie View to an NAIA title in 1962.