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May 31, 2010
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May 31, 2010

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To Rockets center Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li, a daughter—their first child—last Friday in Houston. The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, but the couple has yet to reveal her name or, more important to Chinese fans, her length or nationality. Ever since August 2007, when the 7'6" Yao, a seven-time NBA All-Star, married the 6'2" Ye, a former center for the Chinese national team, speculation has been rampant about the hoops potential of any offspring. Since the baby was born in the U.S., she will be an American citizen. And although she could also claim Chinese citizenship because of her parents, China does not recognize dual citizenship. For Yao, that was a concern for another day. "I'm very excited about the arrival of our daughter," he said. "This is a very special moment in our lives." Rockets G.M. Daryl Morey was a bit more mischievous, invoking a reference to the futures market. "Congratulations to Yao Ming and Ye Li on the birth of their first child," he wrote on his Twitter account. "Bowie Bonds are already moving swiftly."

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