The Maryland Nighthawks unveiled their biggest ever signing on Wednesday, introducing the world's tallest professional basketball player -- 7ft 9ins Sun Ming Ming of China.
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 7ft 6ins Yao Ming to NBA stardom.
"I want to play in the NBA," Sun, who will wear number 79, told reporters on Wednesday.
Sun's dreams of an NBA career gained new momentum after the doctors removed a tumor secreting excess growth hormone.
Nighthawks' owner Tom Doyle is convinced his newest player will soon be leaving for the NBA. The 22-year-old has already had a brief try-out with the Los Angeles Lakers.
If Sun succeeds in playing in the NBA, he would become the tallest player in league history, overtaking Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan, both 7ft 7ins.