27 May 2009

Chinese predict Yao-Lebron pairing after investment report

7:29 am on 27 May 2009

Chinese basketball fans are already gleefully predicting Yao Ming will join LeBron James at the Cleveland Cavaliers after reports in the United States that a Hong Kong-based company is set to take a minority share in the NBA franchise.

New World Development Company is said to be set to take a 15 percent holding in the Cavaliers, the second-largest stake after owner Dan Gilbert.

The NBA is hugely popular in China with hundreds of millions tuning in to games involving the giant Houston Rockets centre Yao.