Yao-Nash Charity Game 2007
January 1, 2007
A summer of traveling recently continued for Head Athletic Trainer Aaron Nelson as he ventured to Beijing, China for the Steve Nash/Yao Ming Charity Game.
Bing Hu, who provided transportation via his Falcon 900, catches up on current events with Suns guards Steve Nash and Leandro Barbosa.
Joining the former MVP and 2007 Sixth Man of the Year were Suns rookies Alando Tucker and DJ Strawberry.
A flight which required stops in Las Vegas, Seattle, Alaska and Russia, definitely gave players some time to rest.
Upon arriving in China, Nash is greeted by his former Mavericks teammate Wang Zhizhi.
Joined by fellow NBA players including Denver's Carmelo Anthony and Golden State's Baron Davis, the group met with the media shortly after their arrival.
Yao Ming feels right at home in China.
Players answer a few final questions for the media before wrapping up the press conference.
With the charity game approaching, players also made sure to get in a little practice.
In the game, Nash and company will be taking on the well-respected Chinese National Team.
Nash and Yao Ming wasted no time to start giving back, assisting at a gala and helping to raise nearly $2 million.
Whether in the United States or overseas, Ming and Nash are always sharply dressed.
It was then time for players to get in a bit of sightseeing.
Known for both his speed and playmaking ability, Davis will make a perfect teammate for Nash and Barbosa in the upcoming game.
Nelson takes a photo just outside of the Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex.
Construction of the palace began in 1407 and was completed 14 years later.
Players take a shot inside Bejing's Forbidden City.
It's no wonder why China is considered among the most beautiful countries in the world.
Nash, Barbosa and Nelson try to cover as much as the 720,000 square metres as possible.
There doesn't appear to be any place in China which doesn't include great photo opportunities.
Barbosa enjoys himself at the famous LAN restaurant.
Davis, Nash and Barbosa grab a bite before calling it a night.
The following night, the contest is ready to take place with Jackie Chan tossing up the jumpball.
The star of the Rush Hour trilogy is ready for the big contest.
Ming throws it down for two.
Nash also looks to get his team going offensively.
The bench receives instructions from their coach, Bill Duffy.
In front of 12,000 fans Team Yao defeated Team Nash, 101-92.
On the final day of their trip, a California Fitness bearing Ming's name was opened.
Chan again stopped by to spend some time with one of China's biggest stars.
Barbosa takes a photo with the film star and martial arts expert.
Photo ops are also available to lucky NBA fans just before the players depart.