Former Rockets star Yao Ming excited about Hall of Fame nomination –
First base
Time with the Astros: 1991-2005
Year of HOF induction: 2017
The former National League Rookie of the Year (1991) and MVP (1994) will become the second career Astro to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after finally being voted in on his seventh time on the ballot.
Catcher/second base/center field
Time with the Astros: 1988-2007
Year of HOF induction: 2015
He became the first player in the Hall of Fame with an Astros logo on his plaque.

Time with the Astros: 2009
Year of HOF induction: 2017
"Pudge" played 93 games for the Astros, and was in a Houston uniform when he passed Carlton Fisk for the major league record for games played by a catcher.
Shooting guard
Time with the Rockets: 1995-98
Year of HOF induction: 2004
The UH star, a 10-time All-Star, returned to town to play the final three and a half seasons of his pro career and helped the sixth-seeded Rockets capture the 1995 NBA title.
TORONTO--Former Rockets center Yao Ming had happily told the story many times before, but then it might have seemed like a coincidence. The first time he saw an NBA game was a broadcast between the Rockets and Knicks. His teammates all pulled for the Knicks. He chose the Rockets.
Now, with the announcement of the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 to be announced in Houston on April 4 it all seemed like more than fortuitous coincidence.
"You talk about coincidence; I talk about destiny," Yao said. "It goes back to the '94 Finals, Houston against New York. I'm the only guy who supported the Rockets on my team. It's like destiny."
Asked if he was confident about being selected, Yao said, "I feel very peaceful. I'm glad it all can be connected with Houston."
Yao, as a nominee from the International Committee, was already a Finalist, but attended the ceremony on Friday to name the other finalists nominated by other committees. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. That included his former rival Shaquille O'Neal.
"Of course I'm very excited and very honored to be nominated by the Hall of Fame," Yao said. "The Hall of Fame is a symbol for basketball people on the court or off the court. For myself, I'm so excited and (appreciative) of the committee for choosing me."
He liked the idea of being inducted with O'Neal, but also concerned.
"I just worry about when we stand on the podium together," Yao said, "Can that floor handle our weight?"
O'Neal later sent a dig back at Yao.
"You know, Yao Ming used to travel all the time when he would shoot the fadeaway," O'Neal griped. "They never called it."
Jonathan Feigen has been the Rockets beat writer since 1998 and a basketball nut since before Willis Reed limped out for Game 7. He became a sports writer because the reporter that was supposed to cover the University of Delaware basketball team decided to instead play one more season of college lacrosse and has never looked back.
Feigen, who has won APSE, APME and United States Basketball Writers Association awards from El Campo to Houston, came to Texas in 1981 to cover the Rice Birds, was Sports Editor in Garland before moving to Dallas to cover everything from the final hurrah of the Southwest Conference to SMU after the death penalty.
After joining the Houston Chronicle in 1990, Feigen has covered the demise of the SWC, the rise of the Big 12 and the Rockets at their championship best.


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