NBA Star Yao Ming Marrying Girlfriend In Shanghai

BEIJING (AP) -- NBA star Yao Ming is getting married today in China and basketball could definitely run in the family.

The Houston Rockets center is 7-foot-6 and his bride is 6-foot-2 and plays on China's national women's basketball team.

Media report Yao and his bride are marrying at an upscale Shanghai hotel in front of 100 relatives, with an equal number of security guards expected to work the event.

The Beijing Morning Post reports no teammates, coaches or basketball officials will be at the nuptials.

Last month, China's official sports association issued an unprecedented public criticism of Yao for reporting late to national team training.

He was faulted for taking too much time off to recover from the NBA season, as well spending too much time planning his wedding and making appearances for the Special Olympics and Beijing Olympics.

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