Yao Ming Gets in on the NFT Game In 2002, the Rockets made Yao Ming the first Chinese player to be drafted first overall by an NBA team and he would accomplish enough despite an injury-marred career to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. Now, Yao has set another precedent, breaking a different kind of new ground. Capitalizing on his unique hoops legacy and the fact that his Napa Valley wines are quite special, Yao offered at auction bottles of his smallest production wine called "The Chop" produced from a single barrel of wine from a single Rutherford District vineyard, in combination with a limited-edition NFT. Read full article (subscription required)