Yao Ming played with the Houston Rockets from 2002-10 before injuries derailed his career. The 2002 No. 1 overall pick made eight All-Star teams before retiring. At 7'6", he was the tallest player when he was in the league. He is second in the Rockets’ all-time blocks list and sixth for total points and total rebounds. In celebration of both his recent induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame and his 36th birthday on Sept. 12, 2016, we present these rare SI photos of​ the player nicknamed "The Dynasty" and "The Great Wall.​"
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