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Samac: The Rising Sun

The Maryland Nighthawks of the American Basketball Association unveiled the latest addition to their roster this week, a man the team is touting as the tallest in the history of professional basketball.

7-foot-9 Sun Ming Ming was introduced to the press at a news conference held in the back of a Chinese restaurant in suburban Washington, DC -- a move very reminiscent of 2005 when the Milwaukee Bucks announced the signing of Andrew Bogut at Outback Steakhouse in Waukesha, WI.

From Reuters Canada:

Passed over in the 2005 NBA draft because of a lack of strength and fitness, Sun has knocked around Hollywood -- where he recently finished filming Rush Hour III with Jackie Chan -- and basketball's minor leagues the last two years before joining the American Basketball Association (ABA) Nighthawks.

The towering center with size 19 feet now hopes to follow in the footsteps of his famous countryman and Houston Rockets all-star 7-foot-6 center Yao Ming to NBA stardom.

I had no idea that the ABA still existed. I thought it was something that died in the 70's. Like disco. Or unprotected sex. Or Larry King.