Nov 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets former center Yao Ming watches a game during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 122-111. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Yao Ming Interested In Buying The Los Angeles Clippers

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As the NBA continues to deal with Donald Sterling and the Los Angeles Clippers, Bill Simmons (Grantland) says Yao Ming is interested in buying the franchise once Sterling is gone.

In 2009, the former Rockets All-Star center became the owner of his former team in China, the Shanghai Sharks, saving them from not being able to play the following season due to financial troubles.

Since retiring in 2011, Yao has enrolled himself in Antai College of Economics & Management of Shanghai Jia Tong University, and has been trying to save the African wildlife by campaigning for people to stop buying items made from the skins of these animals.

Yao seems like the perfect fit for the NBA to take over Donald Sterling’s Clippers. He should be able to reel in the money to make a run at the Clippers and he would surely be the face of the group. The NBA would hit a home run with Yao, who is one of the most respected international athletes of all-time.

There are sure to be many more names interested in buying the Clippers who are expected to sell for close to $1.5 billion. Yao, however, may be the best candidate as they try to distance themselves from the Donald Sterling fiasco.

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