Rockets Star Yao Marries

Bride stars in national b'ball team
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2007 4:31 AM CDT
In this photo released Monday Aug 6, 2007, Chinese NBA star Yao Ming and his new wife Ye Li, a player on the Chinese Women's Basketball team, are seen in their official wedding photo, taken in Hangzhou,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Gargantuan Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and his Chinese girlfriend—a hoops star in her own right—got hitched in Shanghai yesterday, People magazine reports. The 7'6" Ming and 6'2" Ye Li held the ceremony and reception at the lush Shangri-La hotel with 70 guests—and close to 100 reporters and photographers camped outside.

The 26-year-old NBA star with a huge international following met his 25-year-old bride eight years ago. The tower couple is expected to take part in festivities marking the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics, and will host a dinner for China's mens and womens' basketball teams.