Yao Ming's wife pregnant: report

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Yao Ming attends the contract-signing ceremony with Maxxis in Shanghai, Dec. 18, 2009. Shanghai Men's Basketball Team was formally announced its new name as Shanghai Maxxis Tire Basketball Team Friday.

BEIJING, Jan. 5 -- China's NBA star Yao Ming and his wife are expecting their first child, the Guangzhou Daily reported Tuesday.

A close friend of Yao's wife Ye Li revealed the happy news at a show for the Shanghai World Expo.

"Ye looks well now and sleeps early every day for the wellbeing of the fetus. The couple hopes to have a boy," said Miao Lijie.

"She was supposed to be with the show today, but I understand that it's inconvenient for her to come," Miao added.

Ye gained weight recently causing speculation in the media that she was expecting.

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Injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming stands over his team as coach Rick Adelman talks with Shane Battier, Brent Barry, Ron Artest, Aaron Brooks,and Chuck Hayes as they take a time-out against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 7 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, May 17, 2009.

(China daily)