New documentary chronicles Rockets center's first year in the NBA and the U.S.
The Year of the Yao

Yao Ming's rookie season in the NBA was a year like no other. Faced with having to adjust to life in both the NBA and the U.S., and carrying the hopes and expectations of his native land, Yao consistently performed with skill on the court and with grace off of it.

"The Year of the Yao" is a documentary movie which chronicles Yao's first year in the U.S. Narrated by Yao's translator and friend Colin Pine, the film's thorough behind-the-scenes access offers many vignettes which capture a well-rounded view of Yao's personality, his thoughtful nature and his sly sense of humor.

"The Year of the Yao" was screened at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival in September, and its worldwide rights have been acquired by Fine Line Features. Information on the film's release and distribution will be announced at a later date.

For now, as Yao heads back to his homeland for China Games 2004, and the sports world turns its gaze back on the affable 7-5 center, take a look at some selected stills from the movie to see just what makes Yao tick.

All stills are from "The Year of the Yao" documentary

Meeting the Rockets and their cars

Acupuncture? Nope, electricity.

Going toe to toe with Shaq

Charles says hello to Kenny's four-legged friend

Staying loose in the locker room

Joining (and wielding) the club

Glamor and glitz at All-Star Weekend

Bridging the gap between East and West