20 jaw-dropping photos of Yao Ming that put his size into proper perspective

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Since retiring from the NBA, former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is still very much in the public eye.

But instead of always standing around other tall basketball players, Ming spends a lot of time standing next to average-sized people and making them look small and even some other large athletes and making them look average-sized.

No matter whom Ming stands next to, people love the photos because it puts his size into a perspective we never truly grasped when he was an NBA player.

Below are some of our favorite post-retirement photos of Ming.

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People love posing with Ming.

From left, Tom Hinde, Director of Winemaking Yao Family Wines; Yao Ming, honored as "Visionary of the Year" and Jean-Marc Bories, International Sales Director Girard-Perregaux pose during the Asia Society Southern California 2013 Annual Gala held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP)

Since retiring, Ming has served as a delegate for the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference where he looms large.

Delegate Yao Ming (Top), a former NBA basketball star, walks from Tiananmen Square to the Great Hall of the People to attend a plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference during severe pollution on March 8, 2013 in Beijing, China. Clearing urban air pollution has become a big concern during the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

In a sea of reporters and photographers, Ming looks like a mountain peaking up through the clouds.

Former NBA star Yao Ming leaves the Great Hall of the People after the opening ceremony of the Fourth Session of the 12th Chinese People's Political and Consultative Conference on March 3, 2016 in Beijing, China. Over 2,000 members of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative, a political advisory body, are attending the annual session, during which they will discuss the development of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Former NBA star Yao Ming, left, and Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang, right, chat during the award ceremony following the World Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament in Haikou, in southern China's island province Hainan on Sunday Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

But it is most jarring when Ming stands next to other athletes, like JJ Watt, who is 6-foot-5 and weighs 290 pounds. Watt looks like a high school football player next to Ming.

Ricky Rubio is only an inch shorter than Watt, but looks like a child next to Ming.

(Photo via @ruuufio)

Even the 6-foot-11 Joakim Noah is tiny next to Yao.

Yao Ming (R) and NBA star Joakim Noah talk before the 2013 Yao Foundation Charity Game between China team and the NBA Stars team on July 1, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Shaquille O'Neal is 7-foot-1 and weighs over 300 pounds!

The 6-foot-9 LeBron James doesn't have to look up to to many people.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Eastern Conference speaks to former NBA players Yao Ming, Oscar Robertson and Bill Russell as they are honored in the first half during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Even when he is sitting down at a press conference Ming can make other people look tiny.

Yao Ming, a former NBA basketball star and a delegate speaks during a press conference at International Hotel Conference Center on March 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan has never looked so small.

Here Ming is greeted by Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Former NBA Houston Rockets basketball player Yao Ming is greeted by Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Binay, right, during his courtesy call at the Coconut Palace, the official residence of Binay, Monday May 6, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. Yao Ming and his Shanghai Sharks basketball team of which he is the manager, are here upon the invitation of the Philippine Sports Commission for friendly exhibition games with a selection of Philippine basketball players and to conduct basketball clinics to less-privileged children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

These four golfers never looked so small.

Yao Ming, Former Chinese basketball player, (centre) poses for a photograph next to (L-R) Dustin Johnson of the USA, Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Luke Donald of England at the Welcome Reception prior to the WGC-HSBC Champions at the 1933 building on October 29, 2013 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

This photo of golf legend Gary Player looks like it should be an optical illusion.

Gary Player (left) and Yao Ming (right) during the World Celebrity Pro-Am 2016 Mission Hills China Golf Tournament on 23 October 2016, in Haikou, Hainan province, China. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

Here is Yao with Allen Iverson (in the blue shirt) and John Daly (in the red shirt, but you guys knew that).

Yao Ming, Allen Iverson, Robbie Fowler, John Daly, and Tenniel Chu at the 1st hole during the World Celebrity Pro-Am 2016 Mission Hills China Golf Tournament on 22 October 2016, in Haikou, China. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

OK, that is actually a child.

NBA Legend and former player of the Houston Rockets Yao Ming watches the game against the Dallas Mavericks with his daughter on March 24, 2012 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Yao has always been tall. But when he played he was much thinner so the juxtaposition was not as jarring.

Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Rookie Team stands next Yao Ming #11 of the Sophomore Team during the Got Milk? Rookie Challenge, part of the 53rd NBA All-Star weekend, at Staples Center on February 13, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The Sophomores won 142-118. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

One person Yao doesn't make look tiny is his wife, Ye Li, who is 6-foot-3 and also a former basketball player.

Yao Ming with his wife Ye Li and daughter visit a primary school for children of migrant workers at Changping District on June 30, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Here is Yao at a graduation ceremony at Shantou University.

Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming (5th R) and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing (5th L) attend a graduation ceremony at Shantou University, in Shantou, Guangdong province, China, June 30, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS

Yao is truly larger than life.

Former NBA player Yao Ming (R), a member of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, is seen during an interview in Beijing, China, in this picture taken March 9, 2016. REUTERS/China Daily

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