VIDEO: NBA stars including Yao Ming appear at charity game in Beijing
Tuesday 2 Jul 2013 1:52 p.m.
Yao Ming and his former teammates from the Houston Rockets reunited at a charity game in Beijing, China, in the same venue of the 2008 Olympic basketball final.
Retired Chinese basketball star Yao Ming launched the first charity game in Beijing in 2007 with another NBA star Steve Nash.
The game saw the Chinese National Basketball team versus the NBA Stars, who included Joakim Noah, Metta World Peace, Kyle Lowry, George Hill, and Luis Scola.
It was good practice for the Chinese team as they prepare for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, which will be played in Manila in early August.
Thousands of spectators showed up to watch the game, despite the heavy rain in the city.
Brazilian football star Kaka also turned up to show his support.
The match was a reunion of sorts of the 2007/2008 Houston Rockets team.
This year Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming's role was not playing - but coaching the NBA Stars team.
McGrady played CBA in the last season and he almost won a ring at the NBA championship this year with the San Antonio Spurs.
Yao Ming, the owner of Shanghai Sharks, hopes to work with 'T-Mac', leaving the window open to sign his former teammate for the Shanghai basketball club.
The third quarter of the game was played by the children of migrant workers in Beijing, on behalf of the Chinese team and the NBA Stars.
The game ended with a win for the NBA Stars as they defeated the Chinese Basketball squad 61-58.