Yao Ming and Wife Ye Li: Expecting!

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NBA star Yao Ming and wife Ye Li are expecting a little boy or girl, a Chinese newspaper reported last week. Well, maybe he/she won't be so little ...

Ye's close friend Miao Lijie, a former teammate on China's women's basketball team (yup, she balls too), spilled the beans at Shanghai World Expo.

Asked why Ye Li did not come to the show with her, Miao said a "pregnant woman deserves less public activities." Congrats, Ye Li and Yao Ming!

Yao and Ye got married in August 2007.

The couple hasn't decided yet where the baby will be born, but whether boy or girl, it will likely be tall. Yao stands at 7-foot-6, while Ye is a modest 6-foot-2.

Calculations of medical experts, cited by China Daily, suggest that if the child is male, he probably will reach a height of between 6-foot-6 to 7-foot-3. Wow.

The New Jersey Nets are already claiming his (or her) rights.