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Wednesday, July 24
Updated: July 25, 8:27 PM ET
 
Carter on Yao: 'He has skills'

Associated Press

BEIJING -- Toronto Raptors star Vince Carter faced off against Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and predicted that China's new NBA sensation will be successful in the pros.

Carter, visiting Beijing, joined Yao to play a two-on-two half-court game Wednesday at the stadium of the Chinese National Training Administration. Each had a tiny child as a teammate.

"He's gonna to be successful because he is high, and he has skills," said Carter, quoted by the official Xinhua news agency.

The 7-foot-4 Yao was the No. 1 overall NBA draft pick last month.

"If you give me three to four weeks to see how he plays, and how he adjusts, I can tell you (if) he is good or not," Carter said. "There are a lot of people from the world playing in the NBA, and lots of people struggled at first."

Carter recalled his first impression of Yao. "I said to myself, 'He's tall. I'm going to dunk over him,"' Carter said. But, he quipped, "Now I don't want to."




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