Yao Ming is a rock star in China. He's got songs dedicated to him. He is a leading vote getter in the All-Star game every year. He is the face of a nation, playing in the NBA.
But he's hurt. Out for the year. He has a stress fracture in his left foot and the Rockets are likely to announce he will have season-ending surgery.
So who do the millions of Chinese basketball fans turn to? Who will be their new hero? Well don't fret Chinese Hooters girls. China, if you haven't caught Yi Jianlian fever yet, now is the time! Jump on over to the Bucks bandwagon and cheer on a team just 3 1/2 games out of the playoffs!!!