The Land of Giants: The Largest Athletes in Sports History

3. Yao Ming

Another extremely tall professional basketball player is Yao Ming, a 7 foot 6 inch center who retired from the sport in 2011. Over the course of his relatively short nine-year career, he became one of the most famous basketball players of all time.

Ming is one of the most famous athletes in China, and his entrance into the NBA was observed with great fanfare. Considering he was the first major player to come to the NBA from the Chinese Basketball Association, it only seems fitting that he was elected the CBA president in 2017.

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