Legend Signs World’s Seventh Tallest Man
By Joshua Kinder, Dodge City Daily Globe

Move over Yao Ming, there’s a new Chinese star looking for the riches of playing in the NBA, and believe it or not, he’s even bigger than the 7-foot-5-inch Houston Rockets star.

Standing an astonishing 7-foot-9-inches and weighing 370 pounds, Sun Ming Ming signed this week with the Dodge City Legend in the hopes of developing his game to make a run at the next level.

Sun, just 22 years old, came to the United States a little more than a year ago and declared for the 2005 NBA Draft, but was not selected Ñ mainly due in large part to the consensus of NBA scouts and coaches that thought he lacked speed and mobility at his size.

But much of his poor stamina was traced back to a brain tumor attached to his pituitary gland, thus making him grow at a much faster rate and more fatigued, quicker. He had the tumor removed this past August and has since been given a clean bill of health, said Legend head coach and general manager Dale Osbourne.

Osborne just returned from a trip to Ventura, Calif., where Sun has been living and working out the last six months. He's been practicing with Ventura Junior College to help get back in playing shape.

And his next stop is Dodge City, where he'll make his professional debut and try to get back on the NBA Draft board. The USBL also produced 7-foot-6 Manute Bol, who went on to lead the NBA in blocks twice and make it the 1986 All-Defense team. And if Sun does ever make to the NBA, he'd be the tallest ever in the league, just ahead of 7-foot-7 Gheorghe Muresan. >>> complete Daily Globe story