Today marks the 32nd birthday of one of the most polarizing and popular athletes of the last 20 years, the 7-foot-6 Yao Ming. After becoming an international phenomenon and All-Star center for the Houston Rockets, Ming's the career ended in 2011 due to multiple injuries to the dismay of his many fans. There is one thing he gave us during his career though: entertaining awkward photos. When you're that much taller than everybody and trying to assimilate to American culture while still maintaining Chinese staples, you're bound to have an awkward moment or two. So, in light of his birthday, here are 32 Awesomely Awkward Photos of Yao Ming.

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