Chinese basketball fans want to know — will Yao Ming’s baby be an American?
The Houston Rockets center recently returned to the United States with wife Ye Li. That prompted speculation among his followers that the baby girl due this summer could be born in America.
Chinese fans online have said that would be a betrayal of China — in part because it could deny the country a future star for the national team.
The birth of their first child is reportedly due sometime between May and July. If the child is born in US, he or she automatically becomes an American citizen – that development could deprive China of a new potential basketball superstar.