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The Coming of the Ming Dynasty

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The Coming of the Ming Dynasty


You could not have written a better closing chapter for one of basketballs’ big men. The NBA title for the San Antonio Spurs gives their center 37-year-old David Robinson a storybook ending, to a long and prosperous career. While his can-do-style and wholesome1 image will be sorely missed, the NBA has quickly generated a huge 1)buzz around the tallest man in the league, Yao Ming, who has the added benefit of being from the world’s fastest growing economy. NBA officials are so excited they have a name for his expected 2)reign2, the Ming Dynasty.

Yao Ming is a giant in the basketball world. And not just because he stands seven ft. six inches tall, 2.286 meters.

Carrol Dawson (General Manager, Huston Rockets): No matter where we go or what we are talking about, his name comes up. And I’ve been in this business 25 years and NBA and I’ve been a college coach long time before, and I’ve never seen anything like this.

As 3)the draft’s first pick, Yao signed a four year $18 million contract, he already has earned more than $4 million in 4)endorsement3 money, an amount which some analysts4 forecast could rise to eight figures by next year. Yao already is drawing comparisons to NBA legend Michael Jordan, whose net worth has been estimated at more than $400 million. Yao is by far the most visible first year player in the NBA. Companies are 5)capitalizing on his mystery, charisma5 and of course his size.

Through Yao’s Rockets, the entire league is raising its profile in the world’s largest emerging market. The NBA showed 170 games on 12 Chinese television networks this season, and has plans to play pre-season games and sell merchandise in China next year. Chinese companies are 6)reciprocating. In a sure sign of an burgeoning6 trend, the country’s second largest 7)brewery7, Yanjing Beer has signed on as a corporate8 sponsor of the Houston Rockets.

Thad Brown (VP, Rockets): They wanted to be associated with the team because they could in fact not only create a 8)beachhead here in the United States for the distribution of their product, but also it would reach their customers back in China while the games are being broadcast there locally. Well he’s got a great smile, he’s very humble9, he’s very smart, and he represents himself and his team so well. Everything has kind of 9)converged the perfect storm if you will, where he really has become this flash point for U.S.-China relations and commerce.

The NBA hopes the international appeal of its newest star will 10)buffer11 losses at home. League-wide ticket sales this season are down 5% overall. And a recent survey revealed that 40% of basketball fans in the U.S. have lost some interest in the NBA since Michael Jordan left the Bulls in 1998. But the Rockets are becoming a draw even away from Houston-jumping from 18th last season to 7th, as the Rockets opponents take advantage when Yao comes to town.

Moochie Norris (Teammate): Seems like every time you turn around, it’s just Yao, Yao, Yao. You know it doesn’t bother the team as much as it bothers him. I think sometimes he doesn’t know but for the most part he’s like, every city we go to there is, you know, just this 11)entourage of people just waiting for him to step on the floor, just walk in the building.

The NBA restricts the marketing12 capabilities13 of individual teams, but the Rockets have profited from Yao’s presence nonetheless. The team launched a Mandarin14 language website, and radio show to appeal to Houston’s 250,000 Asian Americans.

Ticket sales are up 16%, local television ratings have nearly doubled, Internet traffic is up four times what it was last year in large part to the hits to the Chinese content pages, from Houston and from halfway15 across the world.

George Postolos (President, Rockets): He’s such a huge star in China already, the sort of meeting Chinese citizens here are so connected back to the homeland that it takes on added significance and it’s created an incredibly passionate16 response with them. And you’re seeing you know, nearly ten times the sales to the Chinese community that we had a year ago.

Tim McDougall (Marketing VP, Rockets): We thought this would be the biggest individual sports story of the century, or a long time and that Yao would be that big, just by the number of people who are interested in him. Put that up right against the other great individual sports stories there in history and he ranks up there really well.

















1)      buzz [bQz] n. 嘁嘁喳喳,嘈杂声       

2)      reign [rein] n. 盛行,支配

3) the drafts 2002年的NBA选秀,姚明成为当年的选秀状元。

4) endorsement [in5dC:smEnt] n. 商品广告

5) capitalize on 利用                  

6) reciprocate17 [ri5siprEkeit] v. 互给,报答

7) brewery [5bru:Eri] n. 啤酒厂                       

8) beachhead [5bi:tFhed] n. 登陆场

9) converge10 [kEn5vE:dV] v. 会聚,集中

10) buffer [5bQfE] v. 缓冲

11) entourage [7Cntu5rB:V] n. 随从,随行人员







1 wholesome Uowyz     
  • In actual fact the things I like doing are mostly wholesome.实际上我喜欢做的事大都是有助于增进身体健康的。
  • It is not wholesome to eat without washing your hands.不洗手吃饭是不卫生的。
2 reign pBbzx     
  • The reign of Queen Elizabeth lapped over into the seventeenth century.伊丽莎白王朝延至17世纪。
  • The reign of Zhu Yuanzhang lasted about 31 years.朱元璋统治了大约三十一年。
3 endorsement ApOxK     
  • We are happy to give the product our full endorsement.我们很高兴给予该产品完全的认可。
  • His presidential campaign won endorsement from several celebrities.他参加总统竞选得到一些社会名流的支持。
4 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
5 charisma uX3ze     
  • He has enormous charisma. He is a giant of a man.他有超凡的个人魅力,是个伟人。
  • I don't have the charisma to pull a crowd this size.我没有那么大的魅力,能吸引这么多人。
6 burgeoning f8b25401f10e765adc759ee165d5c1c5     
adj.迅速成长的,迅速发展的v.发芽,抽枝( burgeon的现在分词 );迅速发展;发(芽),抽(枝)
  • Our company's business is burgeoning now. 我们公司的业务现在发展很迅速。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • These efforts were insufficient to contain the burgeoning crisis. 这些努力不足以抑制迅速扩散的危机。 来自辞典例句
7 brewery KWSzJ     
  • The brewery had 25 heavy horses delivering beer in London.啤酒厂有25匹高头大马在伦敦城中运送啤酒。
  • When business was good,the brewery employed 20 people.在生意好的时候,这家酿造厂曾经雇佣过20人。
8 corporate 7olzl     
  • This is our corporate responsibility.这是我们共同的责任。
  • His corporate's life will be as short as a rabbit's tail.他的公司的寿命是兔子尾巴长不了。
9 humble ddjzU     
  • In my humble opinion,he will win the election.依我拙见,他将在选举中获胜。
  • Defeat and failure make people humble.挫折与失败会使人谦卑。
10 converge 6oozx     
  • The results converge towards this truth.其结果趋近于这个真理。
  • Parallel lines converge at infinity.平行线永不相交。
11 buffer IxYz0B     
  • A little money can be a useful buffer in time of need.在急需时,很少一点钱就能解燃眉之急。
  • Romantic love will buffer you against life's hardships.浪漫的爱会减轻生活的艰辛。
12 marketing Boez7e     
  • They are developing marketing network.他们正在发展销售网络。
  • He often goes marketing.他经常去市场做生意。
13 capabilities f7b11037f2050959293aafb493b7653c     
n.能力( capability的名词复数 );可能;容量;[复数]潜在能力
  • He was somewhat pompous and had a high opinion of his own capabilities. 他有点自大,自视甚高。 来自辞典例句
  • Some programmers use tabs to break complex product capabilities into smaller chunks. 一些程序员认为,标签可以将复杂的功能分为每个窗格一组简单的功能。 来自About Face 3交互设计精髓
14 Mandarin TorzdX     
  • Just over one billion people speak Mandarin as their native tongue.大约有十亿以上的人口以华语为母语。
  • Mandarin will be the new official language of the European Union.普通话会变成欧盟新的官方语言。
15 halfway Xrvzdq     
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
16 passionate rLDxd     
  • He is said to be the most passionate man.据说他是最有激情的人。
  • He is very passionate about the project.他对那个项目非常热心。
17 reciprocate ZA5zG     
  • Although she did not reciprocate his feelings, she did not discourage him.尽管她没有回应他的感情,她也没有使他丧失信心。
  • Some day I will reciprocate your kindness to me.总有一天我会报答你对我的恩德。
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