The World’s Largest Athletes Will Astonish You

Stand Tall, Yao

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It’s clear that you’re pretty large if Shaquille O’Neal has to look up to you. Yao Ming was an NBA player from China who played for the Houston Rockets from 2002 through 2011. Sadly, the gentle giant was forced to retire from the NBA early due to a foot injury that could be seriously threatening if not handled properly.

Ming is so huge, that in 2016 when he was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame, the moderator was too small to help put on his Hall of Famers jacket. Luckily, O’Neal was in attendance so he quickly assisted with putting the jacket on Ming.