Yao, Nowitzki selected as flag-bearers for Games opening ceremony
Wave That Flag...
NBA players are having a big impact on the 2008 Olympics. At least four will be the flag-bearers for their respective countries. Here's a list as of Thursday:
"The Chinese delegation has already decided that the flag-bearer will be Yao Ming," Cui Dalin told reporters.
Yao, of the Houston Rockets, joins a growing list of NBA stars who will bear their nation's standard during the opening ceremony. FIBA.com reported Thursday that Dirk Nowitzki of Germany will carry the German flag into the Bird's Nest stadium.
"On Friday, I will experience something astonishing," Nowitzki, of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, said in Beijing, according to the report. "I never thought I would be chosen to carry the flag but maybe it's happened because a lot of athletes identify with me."
Reuters contributed to this report.