How tall is Ming Yao - Page 3

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7ft 5.45in (227.2cm)
Gonzalo said on 28/Jun/07
He is huge. He was a head taller than Carlos Boozer, who must be around 2`01- 2`02. He isn`t under 7ยด5, barefoot
Viper said on 26/Jun/07
Muresan's girl was 6-4.
solidsnake said on 26/Jun/07
The man's getting married. His wife is reportedly 1.9metres tall (nearly 6'3")

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Arjun said on 25/Jun/07
LeBron does'nt even look 1.5 inches taller than Kobe actually - I looked at the pic again, realistically it's more like just 1 inch, 1.25 absolute max. But LeBron has some major flat shoes going on there, Kobe is closer but only very slightly closer to the camera. Some pics can be very deceiving.
Arjun said on 25/Jun/07
Kobe is closer to the camera with Lebron, and the shoes Lebron are wearing may have less sole. Kobe is not 6'6" - that I'm sure of. He's 6'5" tops. I have never seen a pic where he looks more than say a couple cm taller than Wade.
Duhon said on 25/Jun/07
But you claim he looks 6'4.5 next to wade? i sort of split the difference in the pics and imo kobe could be anywhere from 6'5" to 6'5.5".
Arjun said on 24/Jun/07
He looks closer to 6'6" with Lebron to me, Alex. I see only 1.25 - 1.5 inches between them.
Alex said on 23/Jun/07
Kobe looks 6'5-6'5.5 with Lebron.
Jason said on 23/Jun/07
There's over a billion people in China. It's only expected there's going to be a few mega tall guys, even when the average is short.
smlldkchins said on 23/Jun/07
trust me it really have to do with the china goverment....there are many china athete were caught using drug...now i wonder what are the china goverment are injecting their athete with ???it is freaking hard to believe when there are majority of the small chinese in china and suddenly popped up this 7'4 guy out of nowhere
chingchong said on 22/Jun/07
i feel like hard to believe only this guy are the tallest among the chinese compare to the rest of chinese which are really short.i guess it may have something to do with the chinese government
Arjun said on 21/Jun/07
That "Real NBA height" site claims that Kobe and Wade are almost exactly the same height, Kobe only fractionally taller. 6'3 3/4" for Wade and 6'4" for Kobe is what they say, anyhow Kobe sure does'nt look too much taller than Wade. 6'4.5" ish is my estimate for him. Which knocks Shaq down to 7'0" tops .....
wolverinejoe80 said on 21/Jun/07
bradley has no more than 1/2 inch on yao in that pics. it seems that yao has a slightly wider stance and bradley is slightly lifting his head while yao isn't. bradley's head looks longer than yao's which is bogus. yao has a bigger head but because bradley isn't looking straight his head looks longer. also i saw them play many times and yao appeared to be taller in many occasion. even announcers admitted that yao looks taller than shawn multiple times. so if yao is 7ft 5, then bradley got to be no more than 7ft 5 1/2.
wolverinejoe80 said on 21/Jun/07
those pictures basically proves that no pictures are 100% accurate. kobe seems like he is about 6ft 5. he looked taller than rip when i saw him.
Arjun said on 21/Jun/07
Kobe looks only 1/4" or so taller than Wade in your pic of them two Duhon, around 6'4" there compared to Wade's 6'3.75". However, he looks very close to 6'6" with 6'7.25" Lebron - there is 1.5 inches tops between them.
Arjun said on 21/Jun/07
Duhon, I think Kobe is around 6'4.5" barefoot.
Viper said on 20/Jun/07
Kobe looks 6-4 with Wade.
Duhon said on 20/Jun/07
Here are some comparisons of kobe with 6'3".75 dwyane wade and 6'7".25 lebron james,

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What do you garner from these? he looks around 6'5" I would say.
Brah said on 17/Jun/07
Kobe is listed 6'6" by the NBA which is usually sneaker height. Anything between 6'4-6'5" sounds right to me, Arjun.
asdasd said on 17/Jun/07
1 inch is too much among bradley and yao. imho bradley 229 yao 228 in cm clearly.
Arjun said on 17/Jun/07
Brah, McGrady looks SHORT next to Yao in the pic on that site. There is more than 10.5 inches difference between them, I calculated in Photo editor that McGrady is only 6'6.5" in shoes if Yao is 7'6" in shoes. There is nearly a whole foot between them, and Yao could stand a little straighter.Also Yao's hair is'nt as big as it looks, he's got a big cranium under that hair. However, is the ground on which they are standing level?
Arjun said on 17/Jun/07
Yao is max an inch shorter than Bradley even after discounting Yao's bigger hair. 7'4" is a little too low for Yao. He's not under 7'5".
Arjun said on 17/Jun/07
Brah, the very first page of that "Real NBA heights" site has Kobe at 6'4". I think he is max 6'5", most likely 6'4" and change, but only 6'4"? Seems a little too low, but I would'nt rule it out completely. What do you think?
Arjun said on 17/Jun/07
Steve, the photo you posted is'nt the best to judge small height differences .... it's taken from way below them (obviously the photographer is a lot shorter than them two), and Yao is just a tad closer to the camera.
Brah said on 16/Jun/07
Hmm the links on my last post aren't going to the pictures I wanted. Well, if you cycle through the pics you will see pics of Yao looking at least 7'5" with other players. Yao has a humongous head...
Brah said on 16/Jun/07
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Brah said on 15/Jun/07
Compare their heads. Bradley has smaller forehead (and a smaller head overall) than Yao. His eyes are higher up than Yao's as a result. Because Yao is not "eye to eye" with him, he thinks he is taller. The tops of their heads on the other hand show they are about the same height.
Johnny said on 15/Jun/07
Alex says on 24/May/07
People still say I have big feet but it was funny when I was 5'11 with a size 14 sneaker as it didn't fit my height.
:O i'm 5'11 and i wear a U.S 8! (41 in Europe) lol
(in last comment i wrote 8.5 but it's really 8! (41 in Europe)
Vegas said on 15/Jun/07
to me the look the exact same height in that photo (eyes, hair etc). i honestly dont know what bradley was smoking when he thought he was 2-3" taller than Ming but it just goes to show
lillo thomas said on 15/Jun/07
i dont see more than 1 inch difference between the two
Thorgrim "steve" said on 15/Jun/07
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I always thought yao ming was about 7'4... and his height was exaggerated a little bit, this picture is conclusive proof that a legit 7'6 shawn bradley is AT LEAST 2 inches smaller, look at yaos tall hair for example, which bradley is still taller than, and at this height... that small difference is EASILY over one full inch, and i would even stretch it to two.... what do you think guys? (also look at the height where bradleys neck meets his shoulder)
Owais said on 31/May/07
Yao Ming is 8-1" tall
kimgster said on 31/May/07
oh, he is too small for me, i'm almost 15 feet...
Arjun said on 26/May/07
Yeah Masato, Yao's shoe size is 18.
Masato said on 26/May/07
I'm around 6'6'' and i wear size 15 shoes. I'm chinese by the way,so i reckon i got quite big feet for a chiense with my height. Isn't Yao MIng's shoe size 18?
waterfield88 said on 25/May/07
I think big feet run in my family. I wear a size 12 sneaker, but I have no idea how wide my feet are. My brothers wear size 11.5/12, 13/14, and 11 respectively and none of them are over 6 feet tall.

By the way, Yao Ming's feet would be very small for his height.
Alex said on 24/May/07
People still say I have big feet but it was funny when I was 5'11 with a size 14 sneaker as it didn't fit my height.
Jason said on 20/May/07
I'm something E. I have no idea how it's measured, though.
Alex said on 19/May/07
Arjun, I'm not too sure about how they do wide sneakers. A few of my friends are in the 3-4E widths. I have a long foot but its medium width.
Jason said on 19/May/07
I had big feet on both sides of my family. My Dad's a 13 and my Grandpa on my Mum's side is a 14.
Arjun said on 19/May/07
Alex, how are the number of E's converted to width of the foot in inches?
Viper said on 18/May/07
I have wide feet though. Shoe people have said that I should be wearing Triple EEE shoes.
Alex said on 18/May/07
For 6'3 a size 13 is most common for that height I think.
If I wanted I could get a 14.5 for even more room but then its a bit too much room. 14 is ideal with 1/4 inch or less of room. You couldn't beat me foot into a 13 though, lol.

Big Show is a size 18 6E, Shaq is a 22 3E.
lillo thomas said on 18/May/07
viper if you are size 10 the you have little feet for your height
i know that foot size doesnt always relate with height but i think that to 6-3
guys normal shoe size is about 12 to 6-4 and 6-5 guys is about 13-14.
Jason said on 18/May/07
They might not be if he only wears 16's.
Viper said on 17/May/07
I only wear a size 10 at 6-3. I usually wear 11 though for the comfort.
Alex said on 17/May/07
Arjun, if I want I could wear a 13.5 but my foot will come to the very end and will be too snug so with a 14 I got about 1/4 inch of room to breath.
Big Show's feet aren't as long as Shaq's but his are wider though.
Arjun said on 17/May/07
Alex, I have pretty small feet - only a size 9. They have not grown since 10th grade.
My feet are about 10.25 inches long, almost exactly what the conversion on your site suggests. It seems that every inch of foot length is 3 sizes bigger. You at size 14 have a foot literally a foot long:) Shaq's feet at size 22 are nearly 15 inches long. That's humongous!!!
Arjun said on 17/May/07
Thanks Jason :) Yeah, I did get that 1/4" in the last year itself, before that I had'nt grown an mm for nearly 2 years.
So, all of you guys in your late teens who have'nt grown an mm for a while .... don't lose hope just yet:)
Alex said on 16/May/07
This site has the shoe sizes converted to inches.
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Alex said on 16/May/07
I had a size 13.5 sneaker when I was 5'9.5 at 15. My feet stopped growing by 16-17 as I'm now a size 14 at 6'0.5 which is still big for my height. I should either be 6'5 for my shoe size or be a size 12 for my height. I have big feet.
Jason said on 16/May/07
Arjun says on 6/May/07
''Wow Jason. No growth at all for 5 years since age 13 and then 4 inches!!! That's really unusual, but cool all the same. You might very well reach a full 6'4" by the time you stop growing, it seems. As for me, I'll be happy to get a 1/4" more to reach a full evening 5'8", but who knows .... ultimately we don't really have much control over our height, it will grow to what it is programmed to ;)
Oh yeah, and you said that your feet are still growing a little too. Mine stopped by 16 or so, but my armspan increased a whole inch after 16, more than my height did, wonder what that could mean.....''

I saw you definitely grew a 1/4'' in the last year yourself. 5'8''? You might get 5'9'' or more ... you're only a kid. :D
Arjun said on 16/May/07
Well Alex, that definitely rules out anything under 7'5" for Yao.
Alex said on 15/May/07
T-Mac looks 6'7ish.
Arjun said on 15/May/07
Same here Alex. I'm surprised that I even made it to 5'8", based on my "family height tree".
Arjun said on 15/May/07
That would put Tmac at around 6'6 1/2", Viper. Still, Yao massively towers over him - I do see over 10 inches difference definitely. Yao has a big head which is a fraction under 12 inches tall (as evidenced by him standing next to a height stick, his head is just over 12 inches including his big hair) And T-Mac comes barely above his chin?
Viper said on 14/May/07
Grant Hill is 6-7-6-7 1/2 and Tmac is marginally shorter than him.
Alex said on 14/May/07
I'm taller than almost all my realatives. My dad's brother is 5'4. Mom's brothers are 5'7, 5'9 and 5'11. Dad was 6'0-6'1 at his peak. My grandfathers were 5'4-5'5 and the other was 5'11. My dad's grandfather was 6'2 though and my mom's uncle she said was like 6'7 or around there. I turned out a smidge over 6'0.
Arjun said on 14/May/07
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Yao massively towers over McGrady . Around 11 inches definitely, as Yao's head is very close to 12 inches tall. If Yao's only 7'5", T-Mac is shorter than 6'7".
Arjun said on 14/May/07
TheJerk, Adam Rainer was apparently measured by Guinness, so the story is true. He holds the record for the most variable adult stature ever, no one even close. To be exact, his height actually "doubled" after age 21 till his death. He was 3'10.5" (1.18 m ) at age 21, then had a massive 1 metre
growth spurt to 7'2" (2.18m) by age 32. He became so weak because of this spurt that he was bedridden for the rest of his life. He died at age 51, having grown 6 more inches by then to 7'8" (2.34m). 7'8" is literally twice as tall as 3'10 1/2". Apparently, his pituitary gland was dormant till age 21 and suddenly became extremely active. He is the only man in recorded history to have been both a dwarf and a giant.
Viper said on 11/May/07
I have no idea
Alex said on 11/May/07
Viper, your parents are very similar to mine. Well my dad was 6'0-6'1 at his tallest when he was younger. same height as I am now. Today he's almost 52 and no more than 5'11, can look a bit shorter sometimes due to bad posture. My mom is 5'2.5. Who in your family did you take after to be 6'3 1/2?
Viper said on 10/May/07
My dad is 6-0 and mom 5-3.
Arjun said on 10/May/07
Yeah Viper , Costner grew big time too, apparently 11 inches from 5'2" to 6'1". I read that he could'nt reach the pedals of his car because his legs were too short.
I think that only those who have late-growth genes (and/or tall genes) somewhere in the family tree can get late growth. It would be a bigtime genetic error if Rodman did'nt grow past the 5'11" he was before his growth spurt. Viper, if you examine your family tree you'll more than likely find someone with a similar pattern of late growth. How tall are your parents BTW?
TheJerk said on 9/May/07
You think thats something? Check out this guy named Adam Rainer. He was a certifiable midget at 21 and by the time of death was a giant at 7-8. pedia says so, but it *is* user edited. Does anyone know if its true?
Viper said on 9/May/07
What about Kevin Costner, saying he was 5-2 at the end of high school but then grew to over 6-0!!!
Arjun said on 9/May/07
Rodman grew 8 - 9 inches when he was 18 (but some sites say 19 or 20). Anyway, that is a major late growth spurt. He was a late developer , and his entire family was tall: Mom around 6', Sisters over 6', and Dad around 6'7" (his current height) so it was expected that he would grow to around 6'7" eventually.
Viper said on 8/May/07
I have no idea. Just genetic guess.
TheJerk said on 8/May/07
Viper man, any tricks to increasing your height after 22? Did you do anything to encorage growth? Help a guy out man.
Alex said on 8/May/07
That is interesting to grow at 23 again. Most are done by 21.
I just turned 23 and I wonder if I'll grow a bit more. I doubt it though.
Viper said on 8/May/07
Dennis Rodman grew big time in his 20s. Keep in mind I do look very young for my age as well.
lillo thomas said on 8/May/07
viper that odd you grow 2 inches after 23 and apparently still growing at 26 years old.
Arjun said on 7/May/07
Wow, Viper , you grew 2 inches after age 23!!! You might very well reach 6'4" too by the time you stop growing ......
Viper said on 7/May/07
Arjun, I thought you were an "older" poster, lol. Im 26 and I was still growing ever so slightly the last time I measured myself at 6-3 1/4 in the past 6 months. I was 6-1 at the end of High School at 18. Was measured at the doctor's office no less. Didnt grow again till I was 23 or so.
Arjun said on 7/May/07
Derek, it depends on when you had your major growth spurt (fastest rate of growth per year - like 3-4 inches/yr) If you are 2 years past that (which it sounds like since you have only grown 1/2" in the past year) then I think you may well get another inch , but not more. It's impossible to predict 100% though, anything could happen, you could grow 3 inches after 19 like Jason, or you may not grow any more.
Derek said on 6/May/07
I'm turning 19 in July and since my 18th birthday, I've grown around 1/2". My dad is 6'3 1/2" and my mom was recently measured at 5'4". My dad stopped growing at 13 and developed early while I didn't. I have grown past my 18th birthday, which I didn't expect. I'm not sure if I'll grow any more, but I'm 6'1" now and comfortable with my height. If I do indeed grow any more, will it be a small amount or can I expect a few more inches?
Arjun said on 6/May/07
Wow Jason. No growth at all for 5 years since age 13 and then 4 inches!!! That's really unusual, but cool all the same. You might very well reach a full 6'4" by the time you stop growing, it seems. As for me, I'll be happy to get a 1/4" more to reach a full evening 5'8", but who knows .... ultimately we don't really have much control over our height, it will grow to what it is programmed to ;)
Oh yeah, and you said that your feet are still growing a little too. Mine stopped by 16 or so, but my armspan increased a whole inch after 16, more than my height did, wonder what that could mean.....
Jason said on 5/May/07
You're only 19 Arjun??? F*uck ... I imagined you were my age. I was 5'11 1/4'' when I turned 18 as I said and 6'0 1/2'' when I was your age. I was an early bloomer and late bloomer actually (if you can fathom that one lol); I hit 5'11 1/4'' (181cm) at 13 then didn't grow again until 18. Maybe you'll grow some more - I had no idea when I was 17-18 that I would, I hadn't grown a mm since I was 13 so thought that was it.
Jason said on 5/May/07
Yeah, I measure myself. Definitely still growing, though only slightly (I have been all through my 20s - I was only 5'11 1/4'' when I turned 18 as I've said before). My feet are too and I'm still ''filling out''. I guess weird growth patterns just run in my family. Anyway, my point was someone like Yao Ming, even though just genetically tall, could definitely still be growing. When you're that tall, all bets are off...
Arjun said on 4/May/07
Jason,it's cool that you're still growing at 26. You said recently that you are 6'3" and change now. Pardon me, but I have to ask you a barrage of questions ;)
How much did you grow in total between 18 and 26? And how much more do you think you'll get from now? Do you think that you will hit a full 6'4"??? Were you a late grower i.e. did you have your adolescent growth spurt later than most guys do (most guys have it at around 13-14)?
Seriously , you guys are lucky to be growing this late. Alex, even you have grown 4 cm since 17. I'm younger than all of you (only 19) but I was about 5'7 1/2" evening height at 16, and these days closing in on 5'7 3/4" evening height.
So barely 1/4" in 3 years for me :(
Alex said on 4/May/07
The average in the US I read was 5'9.5 then 5'10 at different places. I think it may be closer to 5'10 though.
Alex said on 4/May/07
Jason, thats odd that you're still growing at 26. Have you been measuring yourself to make sure? I just turned 23 in April and maybe I may get another 1/2 inch by 25. I've only grown 1.5 inches since I turned 17.
Jason said on 4/May/07
Not at all, I just turned 26 & I'm still growing -- my brother is also & he turns 24 this month. Viper is too I believe and he's 27. You actually don't have to be a pituitary giant to grow at a very late age. Unusual but it happens. My Mum was the complete opposite and stopped growing completely (at 5'7'') at 10 years old.
Arjun said on 4/May/07
Jason, Yao is going to be 27 this September, and he's not a pituitary giant. I think we can safely say that he is not growing any more.
Duhon said on 3/May/07
Average height in the US is sort hard to compare especially with reference to other countries that are more homogenous in composition. The average height of a white and black american man is 5'10". However the average height of a hispanic male is 5'6". thus the overall average height in the general public is brought down somewhat especially with the growing hispanic population.
Jason said on 3/May/07
I would say no less than 7'5 1/2''. He could still be growing, too...

I've also heard about the 7'4'' comment. Come to think of it, I think I even read where he said it. He probably was 7'4'' and change when he first came into the NBA.
TheJerk said on 3/May/07
The average height for men in China is now 5-7 I've read.
Viper said on 3/May/07
The average height is 5-9 in the US, not 5-10.
Arjun said on 2/May/07
Editor Rob, which pics convinced you to downgrade Yao to 7'5"? Just curious. I agree he's that height barefoot though.
LV said on 12/Apr/07
5'11" guy- you are wrong! The average male in the US is around 5'10" and we are one of the taller countries. I would guess the average Chinese male is around 5'6" or 5'7".
5'11 guy said on 9/Apr/07
The average Beijing Chinese is around 5'11, actually. I would know since I have loads of Chinese friends.

Check out Ziboy.com. Plenty of pics of Europeans/Americans and north Chinese standing side-by-side. The average height is the same.
Franco said on 9/Apr/07
don't you find it at least extremely funny that a Chinese is actually 7'5 when most chinese are in the 5'6 range? lol

this man is huge, i look like a midget with my 6'4 he is 1 foot taller lol

yeah 7'5 or more for Yao.
immoral_animal said on 4/Apr/07
Shawn Bradley is hardly an authority on anything Basketball. But, if he had an opinion on how to marry 6 pre-teen brides, I'd defer to him for sure.

Yao is prolly at least 7'5.5", or straight-up 7'6".

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Also, this person (like all Chinese and Koreans) should be listed under "Y"; his family name is Yao, not his given name, Ming.
Alex said on 4/Apr/07
I think Yao needs to be listed back at 7'6.
Mike said on 31/Mar/07
George Muresan used to live either in my town or near it because during baseball practice we'd always see him playing with kids (his?) at the playground past the outfield. He was ENORMOUS, he looked like some sort of tall skinny alien from far away.
Anonymous said on 28/Mar/07
period bradley is taller than yao by a 1/2in or 1in, yao is 7'5 or 7'5.5 either way its about the same height, you cant go by shoulder, but as you can tell and as i did too, bradley head is a 1/2in longer, but george Muresan from the wasington wazrds he's 7'7 taller than both
Mike1667 said on 26/Mar/07
Yao was listed at 7'5" when he came to the NBA, how he's listed as 7'6". 7'5" is probably close, and he certainly looks it when compared to other players.
asfasf said on 20/Mar/07
i repeat, when i saw both on the court, bradley and yao look like the same height, though yao with his huge head, can be a bit tall than him, but bradley never looked to me any taller than him. Muresan is definitively taller than them
Anonymous said on 16/Mar/07
Actually I saw Yao's pre-draft stuff he was measured at 7'5 7'6 1/4 with shoes.
wolverinejoe80 said on 13/Mar/07
i'm not saying yao is taller. i'm just saying that i wanna see more pics between those two because sometimes pictures can be deceiving. kinda like that pic which bradley looks taller than muresan but in reality muresan is probably taller than bradley. also new sun ming ming pics which you can see sun's shoulder level is clearly 2+inch higher than muresan, but they head level is about the same.
Duhon said on 13/Mar/07
Yao has stated he's 7'6" in interviews. unlike the majority of braggadocious NBA players yao is very humble. he actually at times seems uncomfortable with his height. i doubt he would exagerate himself. as for yao not "appearing" 7'6". yao for his height has stubby arms and very think calves, compare that appearance to the very slender long look of a manute bol or even the slender shawn bradley. yao doens't have a tradtional giant's body.

i wouldn't rule out that yao is 7'6". (as if there is a major difference between 7'5.5 and 7'6" at his size)
Arjun said on 13/Mar/07
wolverinejoe80, is Yao " 7'7" " then?????
I still say 7'5.5" max.
Cheers,
Arjun
wolverinejoe80 said on 12/Mar/07
we can never know if yao is shorter than bradley. 2 pictures can't tell who's taller or not.

when i saw them played together, yao appeared to be taller. even announcers said yao seem to be taller.

all of these are just assumption. i would need at least 10 more pics of yao and bradley together to decide who is taller. but not just 2. and it was taken long time ago and many people claim that yao grew about 1/2 inch more.
Duhon said on 12/Mar/07
Yao never said he was 7-4". he's at least 7'5.5 as he was measured in the pre-drafts.
Anonymous said on 12/Mar/07
How is that evidence? Yao at most is 7'5.5. Defintley shorter than bradley.
Arjun said on 12/Mar/07
Did'nt Yao also once state that he was only 7'4" barefoot??? Although I think that's too low, 7'5" is probably about right. Yao 7'4" barefoot would mean that both Shaq and Mutombo would be no more than 6'11".
Cheers,
Arjun
Duhon said on 9/Mar/07
Interesting site that contains circumstantial evidence that yao is 7'6" barefoot.Click Here
Burgos said on 5/Mar/07
Duncan is 6'10" 1/2 without shoes whis is about 2.10 m
Arjun said on 4/Mar/07
If Duncan is 6'10"(which I think he is around), then Yao LOOKS 7'4" in that photo, as Duncan just about reaches his eye level. Even with Yao's huge head, his eyes can't be 7.5 or 8 inches down from his skull top - I would say about 6 inches in his case.
Cheers,
Arjun
LV said on 1/Mar/07
I agree asfasf, look on Yahoo! pictures of the two of them holding the championship trophy, Duncan is only 1" shorter and DRob is a legit 7'1".
asfasf said on 28/Feb/07
guys, duncan ever looked to me 1 inch less than david robinson listed at 7'1 some year ago. so...
if his not a legit 7 footer barefoo, he is so with shoes on for sure
Arjun said on 26/Feb/07
LV, in that picture Duncan looks only 6" shorter than Yao, as he's upto Yao's eye level (5" for a normal man, 6" for a huge forehead like Yao's). So Yao only looks 7'4" if Duncan is 6'10"??? Something ain't right.
Cheers,
Arjun
asfasf said on 26/Feb/07
why ppl thinks garnett is taller than tim? never seen in any photo or in the court or in advertisings this difference in height, maybe tim got one cm on kevin, so kevin 211cm and tim 212cm in shoes
Anonymous said on 25/Feb/07
Garnett is taller than Dirk. Dirk is no more than 6'11 although I think he looks 7 feet on the court too. Duncan is 6'10-6'11. What people forget is Duncan could have grown in his early twenties too....6'10 isn't exactly average height!
LV said on 25/Feb/07
Still doesn't explain why he is also taller than Okur and Stoudemire. The picture wasn't taken at an angle. I do agree that they are staggered and not standing in a straight line. Duncan, Dirk, and Stoudemire are all stanind futher in front of Yao and Duncan is the tallest.
Viper said on 25/Feb/07
Well, for one thing it looks like Garnett is standing a little further back from everyone else. Garnett is no taller than 6-11 and could be under that. Nowitski is strange. This guy physically looks 7-0 on the court. But in pictures he looks shorter.
JT said on 24/Feb/07
LV, if you look carefully, the All-Star photo with Yao is taken from an angle to the players' right, so it favors those on the right (or the left side of pics). You can see how the bench is not completely level. Duncan is slightly closer to the camera, which is why he looks taller than KG and Dirk when both are a bit taller (possibly one inch).
LV said on 24/Feb/07
Viper, look at the All-Star picture below and then tell me Tim Duncan is 6'10". If he's 6'10", then Garnett and Nowitzki are both 6'10" or slightly shorter. Also, he's taller than the supposed 6'11" Okur. He looks 6'11" next to David Robinson in the picture I saw on Yahoo! pictures of them holding the championship trophy.
Viper said on 24/Feb/07
LV, Boozer is 6-8. Yet I thought he did look 6-9 when I saw him in person in 2000. He clearly has over 2 inches on Carmello. Funny thing is Carmello can look taller than 6-6 sometimes. Tim Duncan is 6-10. He was listed at that height in college. I doubt he has grown since. Physically he looks the same as he did in college.
LV said on 23/Feb/07
Pete, when did I say anything about moving someone's shoulders up? Bradley's is clearly taller (Click Here) at the top's of their heads.
LV said on 23/Feb/07
But Pete, my point is that Duncan is listed at 6'10"...it makes no sense. And Bradley is taller. He said it himself.
Viper said on 23/Feb/07
Wow, since when did Rob lower yao's height to 7-5?
pete said on 23/Feb/07
LV, imho u can't considerer anybody "taller" if he moves his shoulder up, bradley clearly do that but in the top of the head there isn't neither an inch or cm of difference. They are in the same range of height 7'6'.
Iam agree with about TD's height he's the only full 7 footer there, dirk and garnett i'd say 6 feet 11 1/2 inchs
Duhon said on 23/Feb/07
Arjun, the new measurements were still done when yao was first drafted he was 21-22 i believe. as for the debate of people growing into their early twenties, when dealing with people over 7'3" i beleive the normal principles of even natural growth are kind of thrown out the window. there are cases of men still growing in their early twenties and at 7'5" already, is it hard to believe one more inch of growth is not possible? (were also discounting the fact that its possible he only actually grew a half an inch from 7'5 1/2 to 7'6")
LV said on 22/Feb/07
There is a picture of Yao and Shawn Bradley back-to-back on Yahoo! pictures. Bradley is clearly 1 inch taller. Also, that All-Star picture is eye-opening, Carmelo is clearly only 6'6" (nowhere near the 6'9" Boozer maybe its the dress shoes) and Duncan looks 7' (I drew a line in Paint and he's slightly taller than the 7' Dirk) next to Okur (supposed 6'11") and Stoudemire (supposed 6'10").
Arjun said on 21/Feb/07
Duhon, while it is certainly possible that Yao grew, it is also very possible that he did'nt. At his height, the morning-evening variance alone could account for 2 cm or so variance between measurements. I personally think that he is still 7'5" - 7'5 1/2" at best, and has always been so since he was like 19-20. At 26, being a genetic, non-gigantism giant and looking quite manly(i.e. non-eunochoid) he ain't growing any more, I can assure you (as if he is'nt tall enough already LOL)
Cheers,
Arjun
asfasf said on 21/Feb/07
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carmelo antony seems 6'6' compared to yao why nba listed him at 6'8'? he's tall as kobe
Duhon said on 16/Feb/07
The assumption refers to the fact they assumed he grew as opposed to the original 7'5" measurement being incorrect. They actually measured him at 7'6" there's no assumption about that. as for ben wallace yes he's listed at 6'9" but nobody has ever come out officially saying he was measured at exactly 6'9". guys 6'6"-6'9" people dont care as much they can fudge. anybody over 7'3" people want exact measurements becuase they get really curious.
Anonymous said on 15/Feb/07
It says "the assumption" They could be lying aswell...Ben Wallace is listed at 6'9! Bradley is taller than Yao anyone with eyes can see that.
Duhon said on 13/Feb/07
For everyone who keeps debating whether yao grew an inch, it has been confirmed by Rockets coaching staff he did, read here:Click Here
Masato said on 11/Feb/07
Put yao ming back up to 7'6'' casue he is that height
228 cm.
vegas said on 9/Feb/07
yao and bradley are the exact same height in rex's photo, though they would need to take off their shoes to confirm this as yao's soles look bigger to me
Arjun said on 6/Feb/07
Dave, it's possible Yao grew an inch, but it's not absolutely confirmed. Measurements vary according to the time of day even for an average height man by about 2 cm from morning to evening. So for someone as gigantic as Yao, probably 3 cm or more.
Cheers,
Arjun
Dave said on 5/Feb/07
Yao must be the same height as Bradley now, I say 7'6 is right for both of them
Anonymous said on 2/Feb/07
Are you kidding me Bradley's eyes and head are higher than Yao's. Hahaha Yao taller than Bradley and Muresan. You gotta be kidding.

for height in NBA history Bradley, Bol and Muresan are all taller than Yao.
asfasf said on 29/Jan/07
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look bradley beside muresan...yao is taller than them
Viper said on 27/Jan/07
Wolverine, why do you think Kenny George is 1 inch taller than his listed height?
Arjun said on 27/Jan/07
Shaq looks 5 inches shorter than Yao, not more, in most photos. He's always past Yao's eye level by a good 1-2cm (and no hair advantage for him), and Yao probably has 14 cm (5.5") from his skull top to eye level, as his head is probably 29 cm (11.5") long.
Cheers,
Arjun
supes78 said on 26/Jan/07
This guys is so tall that it's really hard to make a distinction between 7'5" or 7'6". There aren't that many people of comparable height to compare him to in photos.
asfasf said on 26/Jan/07
erhm.. so if yao is 7'5 then hakeem is only 6'7 and tomjanovic 6'4.5? in that photo seems huge atleast 7'6.5(230cm) don't know is real height but 7'4' as somebody said is not possible :S
kg said on 26/Jan/07
hey asfasf, yao isnt anywhere near 7-8 buddy, yes he has 10 inches on hakeem, this means hakeem is only 6-8 barefoot not that yao is 7-8 while hakeem is 6-10.......
charles said on 25/Jan/07
so shaq is 6'11'? nah.. shaq is a legit 7'1', and yao is 7'6 or a bit more.
Gonzalo said on 25/Jan/07
From that last pic I see a four inch difference
Anonymous said on 23/Jan/07
Yeah but Shaq isn't standing straight at all but Yao is. shaq is leaning to his right a lot.
asfasf said on 22/Jan/07
have u never seen the difference between shaq and yao in nba games? is atleast 5 inchs!!
Anonymous said on 21/Jan/07
How do you know he grew an inch. You have no proof. If Yao is 7'6 than Shaq is 7'2-7'3.
Gonzalo said on 19/Jan/07
Bradley is taller. But Yao is a much better player
asfasf said on 19/Jan/07
cmon guys look the photo beside mutombo if yao is only 7'5 mutombo is only 6'11/7'0 that's not possible, i can assure yao got the same height of bradley (barefoot) bradley is tiny man and slounch his body, but yao compared with him not. But he got the same height iam sure of that
Duhon said on 18/Jan/07
Proof yao grew an inch since his 2002 draft measurements:

Click Here
Arjun said on 18/Jan/07
In the photo of Yao and Bradley back to back, I don't even see an inch difference in the top's of their hair. The difference in their hair tops is around 1 cm , no more. If Yao's hair is bigger than Bradley's (say 1/2" bigger), only then is the difference an inch. If Yao's hair is not bigger than Bradley's, then Yao is max 1 cm shorter. As for the difference in eye levels - having your eyes higher up than another person does'nt make you taller. Yao has a longer forehead than Bradley.
Cheers,
Arjun
asfasf said on 18/Jan/07
why downgrade his height? isn't possible only 226cm, 228cm is more accurate!
CoolJ said on 17/Jan/07
Ok Viper, so choose to ignore all the compelling evidence back in '05 at the bottom of this page. Yao was still in his very early 20s at that point.. and its not crazy to think he may have grown an inch. Look at him next to Mutombo and Shaq.. He friggin dwarfs them.
Viper said on 16/Jan/07
CoolJ, measurements from 4 years ago still pulls a lot more weight than somebodys "opinion" from today.
Anonymous said on 16/Jan/07
He has maybe 4 inches on Shaq. Shaq is atleast 7'1.
CoolJ said on 16/Jan/07
I'm believing Yao is at 7'6" barefoot these days.. I think we have a several month-long argument back in the day when Rob even stated he thought Yao might be slightly above 7'6".. Now people are pulling out measurements from 4 years ago and we're suddenly OK with that?
Anonymous said on 15/Jan/07
I knew Yao was 7'5 and I am not calling you a liar Legend Stopper but I haven't seen any thing that leads me to believe Yao has grown. That picture of him and Shawn Bradley clearly shows him 7'5 there and the fact that Yao is 7'5 barefoot 7'6 1/4 in shoes seems correct
TomScott said on 15/Jan/07
Why all the discussion? Yao was measured officially at barefoot 7'5" at the pre-draft camp.

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asfasf said on 15/Jan/07
in that photo bradley straight his neck, yao not. in nba's games when yao and bradley played 1v1 they were at same height. I think he is about 7'6'
Duhon said on 12/Jan/07
Well shaq is 7'1" in shoes at least. also about yao "claiming" to be so and so. if anything yao is pretty self-conscience about his height you can tell by his demeanor and in some interviews. he'd be that last person to brag or exagerate.
Arjun said on 12/Jan/07
Dave: It's hard to tell exactly, but Yao is'nt quite 6 inches taller than Shaq if you discount Yao's hair, more 5 - 5.5 inches. Shaq reaches a little past Yao's eye level, probably upto his eyebrows. Now Yao's head may be big, but I doubt there is 6 inches to his EYEBROWS, MAYBE 6 inches to his eye level, but more like 5 - 5.25 inches to his eyebrows.
Cheers,
Arjun
Dave said on 10/Jan/07
yao is a definitely 7'6, he has at least 6 inches on Shaq, so if Shaq isn't under 7ft then Yao can't be under 7'6 for sure. That photo which shows Bradley taller by an inch was taken a while back and at that time Yao was listed as 7'5 anyway and has since grown to 7'6, I think that if there was a measure up now Yao would be the same height or maybe taller.
Arjun said on 1/Jan/07
Jake, Yao's got a longer forehead than Bradley, and bigger hair to boot. Bradley's eye level looks around the normal 5 inches down from skull top, while Yao's could be almost 6 inches. So even tho their eye levels are like almost 2 inches apart, their skull tops are'nt that much apart, and their hair tops are even closer. Yet I would say that Bradley has a good inch on Yao in this pic if you discount hair.
Cheers,
Arjun
Observer said on 27/Dec/06
Very impressive these guys, you look like a dwarf next to them...
About Jake's picture you can see that Yao Ming is lighly leant, on this one he looks taller than Bradley :
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But I think they are quite the same height, you know at this level... :D
JT said on 24/Dec/06
Jake, not sure when that photo of Yao with Bradley was taken. I've heard that Yao has grown a bit more since entering the NBA and could be close to 7'6" now. Also, Yao doesn't look like he's standing as tall as he can in that pic with Bradley, who is a legit 7'6". I read that Bradley and Bol stood back to back and 7'7" Bol edged him out by a bit.

Pat Croce, former owner of the 76'ers who signed Bradley to a $44 million contract, said that the best thing about Bradley is that he gave the team photo a nice pyramid shape.
Alex said on 19/Dec/06
Ok what if say Yao is 7'5 barefoot and then 7'6 1/4 in sneakers will they round down since its much closer to 7'6 than 7'7?
G-Smoke said on 11/Dec/06
Wouldn't be great if we can see all of the NBA giants? But for a center i would like to see their stats on defense. So i ca say who's the best giant for NBA.
Arjun said on 7/Dec/06
Cantstop25: I'd say more like 5" difference , not 6", Mutombo is leaning in and still upto Yao's ear, if he stood straighter he would be like a cm above Yao's ear, and I doubt that there is any more than 5.25" from Yao's skull top to top of ear. There is a pic of Yao standing beside a measuring scale, and while he is'nt standing completely straight, surely his head is ; ( and you can see that the top of his HAIR is around 7'5 1/2", and the top of his ear around 7'0", and his head is'nt tilted at all. Minus 1/2" for hair (his hair is short and thick, so it definitely sticks up atleast a 1/2" if not more) and you have just about 5" from top of skull to tip of ear for him. Surprising , is'nt it, that even though Yao is so tall, his cranium is'nt much bigger than that of an average man (who has around 4" - 4.5" to top of ear) Definitely not any more than 5.25" to the top of his ear. And Mutombo WOULD be around a cm above Yao's ear if he stood straighter. So no more than 5", according to me.
Cheers,
Arjun
Stretch said on 3/Dec/06
I'm certain Yao is every bit 7' 6" bare foot. There are two photos of him, one alongside center Dikembe Motumbo (7' 2") and another publicity still with the tallest WNBA player, 7' 2" Margo Dydek. He absolutely towers over her.
Anonymous said on 2/Dec/06
Yao is 7-5 barefoot and 7-6 with sneakers on. PLus didn't the NBA profile always say he was 7-6?
Derek said on 23/Nov/06
I thought prior to the 2002 draft, Yao was measured at 7'5 3/4". Regardless, he's way too tall to judge. I'd just like to mention Leandro Barbosa of the Phoenix Suns grew over the off-season. To all you guys in your early 20s, you can still grow.
Viper652 said on 22/Nov/06
On ESPN last night they said Yao was 7-5.
Alex said on 19/Nov/06
I forgot he thought Yao was 7'8. But a guy who is really 7'5-7'6 can easily get away with 7'8. When you're that tall its easy.
Viper652 said on 17/Nov/06
I wonder If Sing still thinks Yao is 7-8?
Alex said on 16/Nov/06
That person "Yao is 7'7" said that they take the player's height in shoes then "round down" I remember.
Alex said on 16/Nov/06
Yao has gotta be at least 7'5 barefoot though. He was measured that in the draft I remember reading that in the paper or something.
lillo thomas said on 16/Nov/06
according to the pic below with motombo yao ming looks 3 or 4 inches taller.
so he must be barefoot between 7'4 and 7'5
Viper652 said on 15/Nov/06
Would love for "Yao is 7-7" to explain away that Mutunbo photo, lol.
lillo thomas said on 15/Nov/06
mutumbo isnt 7'2 . almost all if not all nba players heights are in shoes.
he is must be between 7 foot and 7'1 .
Alex said on 14/Nov/06
Mutumbo is really only about 7'1 but that makes Yao look 7'5-7'5.5.
Alex said on 13/Nov/06
In most pics Yao is 5 inches taller than Shaq. Yao may just well be 7'5, but at that height you can easily pass for 7'6 plus.
kene said on 15/Sep/06
most american beleive yao ming 229tall.. according to an china interview of yao: he told the media his atual height barefoot was only 223cm(7ft4)thats true..
Viper652 said on 10/Sep/06
Where is that poster Yao is 7-7? I miss his long paragraphs where he was wrong so much.
Jordan said on 8/Sep/06
His height allows him to weigh 310--he's almost reaching Shaq who recently lost weight and is down to 325.
Alex said on 4/Sep/06
7'5 at least for Yao, but didn't someone say that his 7'6 listing is barefoot because he wanted to be listed barefoot. It wouldn't suprise me at all if he was 7'6 barefoot but no more than that though. But you know 7'4, 7'5, 7'6 etc, in that height range its tough to tell the difference unless you're that height yourself.

For me at 6'0 1/4 its a bit tough for me to get a very good estimate of guys 6'8 and more.
Viper652 said on 29/Aug/06
Eurobasket says Ming is 7-5. These heights are in centimeters and pretty accurate. Here is a list of the tallest basketball players in the world. It looks like a few are over 8-0? Click Here
DMX said on 25/Aug/06
LOL, dave. Sun Ming Ming is not going to be in the NBA. He's a freak and moves like a paraplegic turtle.
dave said on 1/Aug/06
Yao is taller than Bradley and I estimate him to be now fully grown at a touch underneath 7'7, maybe 7'6 3/4.
But enter the new chinese monster in the name of Sung Ming Ming at close to 7'9 and now nearly 400lb, Seeing this guy is beyond belief and looks like Yao's days are numbered.
Jake said on 31/Jul/06
He is definantly an shorter than 7'6" Shawn Bradley. Give him 7'5".
I_am said on 13/Jul/06
Carroll Dawson who is the Rockets general manager has said NUMEROUS times that Yao is around 7-5 3/4 or 7-6 barefoot.

In fact if you would watch Rockets games on Fox Sports or local channel 51 you would know this long ago as it is often brought up.

Apparently his height sometimes varies from 7-5 3/4 to 7-6.

Also to the 226 cm listing in China, you should know he was measured for that in 1999, which was the height used in 2004 Olympics because he could not attane the measuring since he was in Dallas.

In 2000 he was able to attend the Olympic measuring and mesured 227 cm or 7-5 1/2 at age 19

Numerous listings on the internet of the 2.27 m 2000 listing as well as 7-6 listing from that time in US Sports articles.

Hia NBA draft listing is a draft listing not a measurement. He was not measured for the draft combine when he was in China, just like Andrea Bargnani was not measured for the draft combine when he was in Italy.

This is not rocket science people.
Viper652 said on 18/Jun/06
Lets face it, with Yao being so damn tall and so skinny hes going to appear taller then 7-5 or even 7-6 anyway to most people. People saying hes 7-7 or 7-9 is not surprising at all.
Bendy said on 18/Jun/06
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I managed to edit that photo to show it in inch divisions, in that pic he doesnt look like hes standing straight and is just a hair under 7'6" in shoes, so if he was standing straight hes prob about 7-6" 1/4 in shoes, which makes him about 7'5" barefoot, I'm not sure how old that pic is, so if its 2-3yrs ago, he prob could be about 7'6" barefoot nowadays.
Viper652 said on 8/Jun/06
Yao probably is 7-5 barefoot, 7-6 in shoes.
Almost 40 and no girlfriend said on 7/Jun/06
Believe what you want Ozzy. Fact is Yao is 7-6+. I maybe 40 and have no girlfriend, but I sure know my Yao stats. Now stop this tomfoolery. Yaoster is the biggest, baddest man in the NBA right now and he's 7-7 and can move like a smaller person.
Ozzy said on 2/Jun/06
-Just curious: give me a CLEAR REFERENCE where it is stated that the 7'6 measurement is without shoes, haven't seen one yet, just that van gundy said they measured him at 7'6, not saying anything about shoes.
- And: no matter what you believe PLEASE don't talk about proof, as far as i'm concerened, there's no such thing in this forum.
- nba.com now has Yao at 7'5 again...
- Yao's head is big, but no way it is 20"
- 2004 Olympics: Yao: 226cm
- If, JJ, it is as you say (by the way, are you using several nicknames?) possible that nba players are ashamed of their heights... i won't even go into it that much, that's just silly: "oh, i'm to tall at 7' feet, i'll just say 6'10 and people won't think of me as tall"... haha. if yao was taller than 7'6 the rockets would certainly use it.. remember? they had the advertisment on their web site saying: "He has grown"... don't seem as they are trying to downgrade him...
- Yao is just tall, as bradley he does not have growth disorder, which means his growth period would be normal (on average men stop growing significantly at around 20 and women a couple of years earlier if they don't suffer from any disease, however it is not unusual for men to grow fractions of an inch, maybe up to 0.25" from they've "stopped" an till the age of 26...
- I use pau gasol as reference, because i belive european measurements are more reliable. Also Brand said about the rumors that he was just 6'6: I'm 6'8 in socks, they wanted to be sure when measuring me becuase of the rumors that i was shorter". Makes sense when using pics.
- I believe Yao is somewhat shorter than bradley.
almost 40 and no girlfriend said on 16/May/06
i agree with you coolJ that you can't take people's word for it but shaq and duncan have to be very careful about what they say because anything they say gets published in the papers...
CoolJ said on 13/May/06
Lone:

So if I say you're 6'10.. that means you're 6'10?? Hmm interesting.. Now all I have to do is convince everyone to say I'm 6'5..and BAM I grew a s***load over night!
30 something and no girlfriend said on 11/May/06
yeh anonymous I guess you wish very much that's true isn't it?? you sicko.
Anonymous said on 11/May/06
hes f***in gay!
hahshshshshshs 101 said on 8/May/06
this is so stupid please will you tell me yao mings first name and last?
Lone said on 24/Apr/06
no, the rockets said, unofficially, that Yao was 7-8, so did O'Neal and Duncan. When they asked O'Neal about his game against Yao where Yao outscored him by a lot, O'Neal responded, "he's 7-7, he's supposed to do that".

During Yao's second all star game, Duncan wanted Yao to jump on the opening tip, when asked why, Duncan said, "well he's 7-8, so he should be jumping instead of me" (Yao deferred to Duncan).
CoolJ said on 24/Apr/06
Massimo: Sing lives in his own dream world where everything he says is correct. Kinda like King Midas except his words are golden, not his touch.
Massimo said on 23/Apr/06
Sing, how do you know that Yao is now 7-7 ? Do you think he is still growing at 26 ? The Rockets never said Yao is 7-7.
sing said on 18/Apr/06
ming is taller than bradley, without a question, especially now, since Yao has grown taller to 7-7.
CoolJ said on 17/Apr/06
Sing.. Yao's hair doesn't count.. Bradley's is closer.
sing said on 14/Apr/06
well CoolJ if that's true shouldn't Bradley's head be closer to the stands because the camera man is shooting up on the side of Bradley (the left side), the fact that Yao's head is closer proves he's actually taller.

Nowadays obviously Yao is much taller since he has grown since then. In that pic I would say Yao is about 7-6 1/2", Yao is over 7-7 now.
CoolJ said on 14/Apr/06
Yao's head is closer to the stands because the photographer isn't perpendicular with that straight line as is blatantly obvious when you look at the half-court line.. He's off to the left (from our vantagepoint) thus creating this illusion you keep referring to.

Bradley is taller.
Jason said on 13/Apr/06
Those pics didn't load for me when I tried refereshing the page either, Sing. Ah well, I'll have to see what other pics show up here. What's the word on Yao's growth? Is he still growing?
sing said on 7/Apr/06
good photo coolJ, it shows that Yao is taller, pretty obvious. there is a slight tilt in the photo so they appear the same height, but if you see whose head is closer to the stands, a straight edge, you will see Yao's taller by 1".

Yao is 7-7.
CoolJ said on 7/Apr/06
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Alex said on 6/Apr/06
Those pics aren't good to judge really. Yao to me does look a legit 7'6 guy though.
sing said on 6/Apr/06
coolJ, you are right they aren't pics where they are standing as straight as possible back to back, however, I will argue that at least 1 of the pics is very accurate because it's a candid still video shot of those 2 on the court, no funny camera angles or trick photography, and it shows Yao, albeit leaning, was a good inch or 2 taller than Bradley. I will give you that Bradley is not standing as straight as possible, however, he wasn't in a crouched position either, but more of a relaxed standing stance. I recall every time Rockets played the Mavericks during Yao's first couple of years, the sports commentators would say it's surprising to see Yao being visibly taller than Bradley. They spake the truth, apprently.

Yao is 7-7 barefeet.
CoolJ said on 6/Apr/06
Here we go again with the bad pictures... The pics with Bradley show nothing as they are in b-ball stances.. not standing straight up...

Surely no one here is stupid to believe those claims.

sing said on 5/Apr/06
please look at these 2 photos of Yao next to Bradley, if Bradley is 7-6, Yao is 7-7 barefeet, which I think is his true height.

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Sing said on 3/Apr/06
I remember this pic from a while back. The people who took the photo specifically said Yao had to "hump down" because he was much taller than the stick, i.e. much taller than 7-6. Also note the wide stance and extended arms. Definitely 7-6+ barefeet.
weekly said on 3/Apr/06
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I'd give him 7-6 (in shoes).
Sing said on 31/Mar/06
Yeh, sure, only it can't verified because Leonid refuses to be measured. There is a lot of stuff written about this Leonid guy, bottom line, he refuses to be measured, which can only lead to 1 conclusion: he's not 8 feet and not the world's tallest man.

THERE IS ONLY 1 OFFICIALLY MEASURED AND UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED WORLD'S TALLEST MAN ACCORDING TO GUINNESS BOOK, XISHUN BAO OF CHINA, measured at 7-8.95", NOW THAT'S PRECISE!!!
LOL said on 30/Mar/06
Dude tallest person in the world lives in Ukraine. His name is Leonid Stadnik. At 8'4"
Sing said on 30/Mar/06
Jason, they don't load initially but if you click refresh it should load. Anyway here's the actualy URL. The other 1 with Ewing is a Sports Illustrated article, not a height comparison photo.

CoolJ, so I guess you are not crazy after all. Haha.

Click Here
CoolJ said on 30/Mar/06
Uhh.. I dont understand what you want me to say. Of course XiShun Bao is taller if he's measured at 7'8.95 because Yao is only 7'6" max.
Jason said on 30/Mar/06
Sing, neither of those two photos of Yao you posted load for me. Can you try some others - or the same pics from a different site?
Sing Iz Da Man said on 30/Mar/06
Click Here

Here's an article, with slideshow, of currently the world's tallest living man according to Guinness Book of World Records. Xishun Bao of China was measured at 7-8.95 inches. Asked if he was taller than Yao Ming, he responded I am certainly taller than him!

CoolJ, any comments?
Sing Iz Da Man said on 30/Mar/06
CoolJ if you have nothing productive to contribute, then you should just shut up. We know you are a Yao-hater, now you are a Mutombo hater too?
Yao is at the very shortest 7-6 barefeet and the only reason people try to say he's shorter is because they are jealous of a 7-6 Chinese phenom dominating the center position in the NBA. But times are changing. Another Chinese, Xiang Liu, is the current world record holder in the 110 meter hurdles, the only athlete of non-African descent to break the 13 second barrier in this short sprint. Another Asian, Koji Ito, is the only person of non-African descent to have run 10.00 in the 100 meter dash. The fastest Caucasian was Matt Shirvington of Australia, dubbed "fastest White man on earth", who ran a 10.03.
Leung said on 28/Mar/06
The quote from Shawn Bradley was amusing, he comes across as a kid trying to impress with his height but I guess height was the only thing Bradley had going for him. The only basketball skill Bradley had was to stand under the goal and wave his long skinny arms in the attempt to block some shots. On the other hand Yao Ming is gifted basketballer who is having a solid season this year averaging 22 points & 10 boards per game.
CoolJ said on 28/Mar/06
Mutombo isn't a real 7'2"... Sing go back home, not again man....
The Return of Sing said on 28/Mar/06
Judging from this photo of Yao standing next to 7-2 Mutombo, Yao is definitely 7-9 with shoes on, or 7-7.5 without shoes. Mutombo towers over Juwan Howard, who is 6-9, but Yao just dwarfs Mutombo by even a wider margin.

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The Return of Sing said on 27/Mar/06
Ok, I haven't posted in a while but now I see the Yao-haters are getting out of hand and taking over. Yao only 7-5 or less? Have you guys just totally lost your friggin' mind??? Have you seen the All Star game with Yao standing next to all the All Stars???
Mask, take a good look at your photo, Yao's standing RIGHT NEXT TO 7-2 Mutombo, and he towers over the guy, how can you say there are only 3 inches or less separating them? Are you totally delusional? Get off the pipe, put on your coke bottle glasses, and SEE WHAT'S IN THE PHOTO!!! Guys who are 3 or 4 inches taller than me DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT, TOWER OVER ME IN PHOTOS LIKE YAO DOES TO MUTOMBO.
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Ewing is standing too far from Yao to make a comparison, but here's exactly what he said in SI:

MUTOMBO: [Sipping a virgin strawberry daiquiri] I like your restaurant, Yao. It's made for 7-footers and guys like Patrick Ewing, who is really 6'9". [Ewing has always been listed as 7 feet.]

EWING: Hey, I may be 6'9", but I'm a bad 6'9". And what about you? When I first met you, you told me you were from Zaire.

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Stop the stupidity. Thank you.
Jason said on 21/Mar/06
Mutombo was joking? I remember Ewing specifically saying he's 6'9'' ... but a solid/strong 6'9'' or whatever.
Tyler said on 20/Mar/06
I met Yao. Wow. I'm 6 feet tall, and he was definetly more then a foot and a half taller then me. 7 feet 5/6 sounds right.
Forveer_69 said on 8/Mar/06
Ewing is not 6-9 Mutombo was JOKING he even said "I was joking"

Ewing is 6-11 barefoot according to his draft measurements.
Jason said on 8/Mar/06
Good pic, Mask. Yeah, Yao looks about 7'4 1/2'' there if Ewing is the 6'9 1/2'' he says he is. 7'4 1/2'' has been my estimation of Yao's real height for ages. My estimate for Mutombo is 7'0 1/2''. Yao has said before he's 7'4'' BTW.
mask said on 7/Mar/06
Well Rob if Pat Ewing is 6'9" or 6'10" so Yao is 7'4" or 7'5" at best without shoes because in this photo there is more than 6" differential between Pat and Yao and so Mutombo is not 7'2" legit but maybe 7'1" at best isn't it?

http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/52945946.jpg?v=1&c=MS_GINS&k=2&d=401F04AA9AE983EAF93A05D20379E90B
sal said on 15/Feb/06
I liked this website photo page...
http://img521.imageshack.us/my.php?image=shaqisbig8ti.jpg
a few of the players are standing behind and in front of others so it alter's the truth a little, but other than that really good stuff...
Forever_69 said on 29/Jan/06
To all the people who think nba.com's player profile is updated think again. The 7-5 listing is old, he was measured at 7-5 3/4 with no shoes before he was drafted, which gets listed at 7-5. No not all heights are listed in shoes, it is the player's choice of being listed in shoes or not, any extra height gets rounded down.

Yao was then measured at 7-6 during his rookie year (again without shoes) the height HAS BEEN UPDATED.

The people running nba.com were simply too lazy to change his main page info (newsflash they haven't changed any info on 99 percent of the league's players - they are too lazy)

however the bio data pages do get updated as well as the team rosters ( on occasion) and the MOST OFTEN UPDATED are the game data pages.

See for yourselfs and keepn in mind that is 7-6 without shoes, and he may have still been growing a bit when that measurement was taken.

http://www.nba.com/rockets/roster/

7-6 310

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/yao_ming/printable_player_files.html

Yao Ming 7-6 310

http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/notes.pdf

7-6 310

For some odd reason many people feel the need to insist Yao is "only" 7-4 or 7-5 (with shoes on), but he IS at least 7-6 (without shoes on).

TheMan said on 4/Jan/06
He can't be 7,8 or anything because why woudlent he try for the worlds tallest living or atleast try even if he wasnt sure. IMO he's probably 7,6 based on that. He's height has also probably been boosted for publicity aswell he's probably 7,4 or something much lower than we think after all we wouldent tell he'd dwarf all of us.
CoolJ said on 17/Dec/05
Jason: You'd be better off measuring yourself wearing each shoe.. and then comparing the difference.

I've seen about 3 pairs of shoes over size 20... all in the same store at one time..
Jason said on 17/Dec/05
I've never once seen shoes over size 20 (and only one pair of 20s at that) and I've spent a lot of time in my life hunting around for big shoes. A size 22 is gonna add more than an extra 0.25'' to say an average size 10 shoe, I've noticed just visually that my size shoes alone have a larger sole than average size shoes and there's no way Shaq's soles are the same size as mine lol. I'll bust out a tape measure later today and measure the height of my soles against another family member's average size shoes to get one example.
CoolJ said on 17/Dec/05
Saw them at an outlet store.. I believe they were Nikes or Reeboks.. and they were def over Size 20.. The sole may have had an extra 1/4" inch... but thats it.
Jason said on 17/Dec/05
Where/when did you check out a pair of size 22 (or there abouts) shoes? What kind were they?
CoolJ said on 16/Dec/05
I've checked out a pair of shoes that size before... the sole height difference is negligible.. Come on.. the guy is huge.. His 6'11.5" comment IF it was ever made.. was probably from High School.. I'm still convinced the guy is over 7'
Jason said on 16/Dec/05
In regards to that pic, you're not taking into account that Shaq wears size 22 shoes. I wear size 15s and my size shoes have a slightly taller sole than average size shoes. Shaq's dwarf even mine so the effect is going to be substantial and would indeed put him at just about the 7'2'' you have him at in shoes, while being slightly under the 7'0'' mark in bare feet.
Jason said on 16/Dec/05
With all the exaggeration and hear say with heights of NBA basketballers it's impossible to tell who's what height with complete certainty from comparing them to each other. Shaq looks in the 6'11 1/2'' - 7'0'' range. If he says he's 6'11 1/2'' ... ok. You can post all the pics in the world but the man knows his own height better than you or I do.
CoolJ said on 16/Dec/05
Editor ROB - Keep this post in mind if you make a Shaq page

Here's that pic I talked of.. Keep in mind LeBron was measured at 6'8.5 in shoes.. and Jermaine is listed at 6'11"...

The measurements I have provided are "In Shoes" measurements.. As you can see. Shaq is easily 7'
http://img521.imageshack.us/my.php?image=shaqisbig8ti.jpg

Ben Wallace really only looks to be 6'7!

CoolJ said on 15/Dec/05
Well Jason, if its good enough for you.. then I'm glad. Some things are good enough for some people while its not for others.

Like I said start with Amare who has been measured.. go to Duncan.. etc etc. You will end up realizing there is more than 3" between Amare and Shaq.

Compare Shaq to Kobe.. if Shaq is 6'11.5.. I'd hate to see what kind of measurement you come up with for Kobe.

I have another picture to post later where Shaq appears to have about 4" on "(6'11)" Jermaine O'Neal
Jason said on 15/Dec/05
Wade is a little bit further back in that pic and obviously size 22 shoes give a little bit more height than size 13s or 14s. And you can't go on measurements 100% of the time. I remember Brandon Hunter, to name one example, was supposedly measured bare foot @ 6'6 1/2'' when it's common knowledge he is simply not that height. How do you know for sure Kevin Garnett is the height you claim? There's heights all over the place for him. At any rate, Shaq has always maintained he's 6'11 1/2'' and it's good enough for me. You don't get anymore accurate than that and I see no reason at all to disbelieve him.
CoolJ said on 14/Dec/05
http://www.geocities.com/jcs83md/Shaq-Wade.jpg

I had to alter the lines just a SMIDGE to adjust in their varying stances.. but its clear to see that Wade (Measured 6'3 3/4" barefoot) is eclipsed in height by at least 9" by Shaq.
CoolJ said on 14/Dec/05
Jason.. After comparing countless pictures.. its hard to justify the separation between b-ball stars..

Start w/ Amare Stoudamire.. who was measured at 6'8.5 .. Compare him to Duncan.. compare him to Garnett, then compare him to Shaq..

Once you do all of that, you will realize Shaq is over 7'.. because KG is nearly 7' himself.. with Shaq having nearly 2" on him... There's no way Shaq is under 7' ..

I realize most people on this site try to drag people down.. but in some circumstances its really not true.
Jason said on 14/Dec/05
6'11 1/2'' sounds right to me. What makes you think he's a bit over 7'0''?
CoolJ said on 14/Dec/05
Shaq's BS.. He's a bit over 7'.. Kobe on the other hand is about 6'4.5 - 6'5
Viper652 said on 12/Dec/05
Mask, Shaq has said that he is 6-11.5
Gramps said on 29/Nov/05
nba dude: Thanks for clearing that up!

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