Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sun Ming Ming 236 cm tall athlete

Tall athletes --People's Republic of China People's Republic of China
Sun Ming Ming 236 cm 2.36 m (7 ft 9 in) – Tallest Basketball player alive. Sun Mingming (simplified Chinese: 孙明明; traditional Chinese: 孫明明; pinyin: Sūn Míngmíng, born August 23, 1983) is a Chinese basketball player. He is one of the tallest players to ever play professional basketball, standing 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m) and weighing 370 lb (168 kg). Ming wears size 20 sneakers. He also makes occasional appearances as an actor. the 2nd tall athlete in the world.

Early life

He was born in a small town near in Bayan County, Harbin in Heilongjiang Province, China. He has two siblings: a brother and a sister. He did not start playing basketball until he was 15, when he was 6 ft 7 in.

Career in the United States

Sun came to the United States in early 2005 to train for a possible career in the NBA. He was declared eligible in the 2005 NBA Draft, and had a brief tryout with the Los Angeles Lakers, but was not selected in the draft.
In the summer of 2005, Sun discovered that he had a benign brain tumor attached to his pituitary gland. Because he had neither health insurance nor enough money to pay for the more than $100,000 in medical bills, his sports agent, Charles Bonsignore, started a fundraiser to raise the necessary money. The tumor was successfully removed on September 26, 2005.

After his surgery, Sun played with several American minor league teams, including the USBL team Dodge City Legend, the ABA team Maryland Nighthawks, and the IBL team Grand Rapids Flight. Later Sun would play in the Mexican league with Fuerza Regia and in Japan's bj league with Hamamatsu Phoenix. In 2009 he returned to China to play for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), after a decent showing with the Heilongjiang Club in China's National Basketball League (CNB).
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