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“明謝”姚明新聞發布會致辭(中英文對照)(2)

http://news.sina.com   2011年07月20日 09:39   北京新浪網

  Firstand foremost, I want to thank the game of basketball. This great sport hasbrought joy to untold numbers of people, including myself. When I was four years old, I got my first basketball. At nine, I entered a youth sports schoolin Xuhui district (in Shanghai).I joined the Shanghai Junior Team at 14. And when I was 16 years old, I put onmy dad’s former number, and joined the Shanghai Sharks senior team incompetition. Basketball has allowed me to follow in my family’s footsteps. WheneverI see the joy and satisfaction in my parents’ eyes, I feel a strong sense ofpride. I was also fortunate to win a CBA Championship with my teammates for thecity of Shanghai in 2002. From that moment on, basketball has connected me with this great city.During that same year, I entered the NBA. Basketball has led me to a bigger andbroader stage to showcase my abilities. It’s a dream for many to play for theNational Team. So in fulfilling my dream, I am especially grateful of theopportunity to play for my country for so many years. And because ofbasketball, I have found the love of my life Ye Li, and a lifetime ofhappiness. Basketball has given me so much and for this, I want to thank thegame of basketball。

  I also want to thank life. No matter if it’s my beloved basketball or otherendeavors. It is all just a part of life. I believe life is like a guide. If you follow him faithfully, he will open doors to wonderful worlds for you.Today, I am retired from basketball, and one of those doors is closed. But elsewhere, another door is opening and outside that door is a new world waitingfor me to experience and explore。

  Eventhough I am leaving the basketball court, I will not leave the game. The Shanghai Sharks team is how my professional life will continue. I am continuing to learn about managing and running the team and will do my best to bring honorand glory to my hometown and to Chinese basketball. 

  I will continue my philanthropic work. The Yao Foundation has been established for three years now. I will work with the foundation to influence more people to join philanthropic activities to help others. I wish to meet and work withnew and old friends on projects of mutual interest. I believe that throughmeeting and working with people from different fields and professions, I can gain new knowledge and new understandings. Life has guided me from Shanghai to China,from China to the world. I want to thank life and continue to repay my good fortune by embracing and treasuring every moment。

  Finally,I want to thank the many special people in my life, my family and my friends. I have a long list of people. But due to time, I can only mention a few here. I am missing a lot of names, but I hope my friends will understand. First, I want to thank my family. My parents were my first teachers in life. My wife, Ye Liis my best friend and best listener. Our lovely daughter, Amy, is our new hopefor the future。

  I also want to thank my coaches. They educated and guided me and have watched overme every step of way. I want to thank my first coach Li Zhang ming, coaches Li Qiu ping, Wang Qun, and Wang Chongguang from the Shanghai Sharks, coach MaLianbao with the Chinese National Junior team, head coaches Wang Fei, JiangXingquan, Del Harris, and Jonas Kazlauskas from the Chinese National Team, andhead coaches Rudy Tomjanovich, Jeff Van Gundy, and Rick Adelman with the Houston Rockets. I also wish to thank officials and organizations that have helped me, especially officials from National Sports Administration, city of Shanghai, China Basketball Association, Shanghai Sports Administration, the Shanghai Media Group, and Shanghai Oriental Basketball Club (Shanghai Sharks). It is through their care,interest, support, and encouragement that allowed me to develop and reach whereI am today. I want to thank the NBA and the Houston Rockets. Their understanding and support helped me overcome the language and cultural barrierto play in the highest level basketball games in the world。

  Next,I want to thank all of my teammates and opponents. First is Liu Wei. We grew uptogether, played and battled together, and those experiences are some of mymost precious memories in life. I also want to thank Wang Zhizhi and ShaquilleO’Neal. They were the benchmark players that I was chasing after. They motivatedme and pushed me forward, and without them, I would not be the player I amtoday. I want to thank Fan Bin, my friend and mentor on the National team; ShenWei, Jia Xiaozhong, Zhang Wenqi, Li Nan, Mengke Bateer, Yi Jianlian, SteveFrancis, Cuttino Mobley, Tracy McGrady, Shane Battier, Dikembe Mutombo, ChuckHayes, Luis Scola, Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry, as well as all of my former teammatesfrom the Xuhui District Youth Sports School, the Shanghai Sharks Junior team,the Shanghai Sharks, the National Junior Team, the Chinese National Team, andthe Houston Rockets, and of course all my opponents in CBA and NBA who I playedagainst. The time we spent sweating and competing will forever be etched in mymemory。

  I also want to thank my management team, “Team Yao”. I want to thank Erik Zhang,Lu Hao, John Huizinga, Bill Duffy, Bill Sanders, Huang Xiaopeng, Li Lu, Ilana,and Larry Zhang, as well as everyone who has worked behind the scenes. I willnever forget everything you have done for me over the years。

  I’d also like to take this opportunity tothank my friends in the media, my sponsors, and partners. I am honored to haveworked with all of you. Finally I want to sincerely thank all of the fans. Those who liked me or those who didn’t, those who are in China, or those abroad, I want tothank everyone who has watched me over the years. It is through everyone’s supportthat has allowed me to play with confidence and courage; and through everyone’scriticism that has helped me improve in areas that I was lacking. For those Ihave mentioned, and for those I have not, you are all in my heart. In short, Iwant to thank everyone who has accompanied me these years. And I will continueto do my best and will continue to be with everyone。

  Finally,I want to thank this enlightened time of progress that we live in: giving methe opportunities to realize my dreams, and find my self-worth。

  Ihave once said, when I retire from my professional career, I hope that it is acomma, not a period. Today, that day has finally arrived, but I am not leavingthe sport of basketball that I love. My life will continue. I am still Yao Mingand there are still many things that I wish to accomplish. The day of drawing aperiod is still far far away。

  Iwish everyone health and happiness, I wish the best blessings for mymotherland, my home Shanghai, and my second homeHouston. And Iwish that my beloved sport of basketball will continue to have a bright andprosperous future。

  Thankyou。

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