What do these two Houston superstars have in common? Both are incredibly physically gifted athletes Both have passion for their sport Both have shown incredible promise in their respective sports And apparently, both will have to overcome the passive tendency stressed in their respective cultures. When Yao came into the league as the #1 overall pick for the Rockets, there were a lot of nay-sayers claiming he was "too passive" or "too soft" or "not physical enough" to succeed in the NBA. These characteristics were attributed to the Chinese style of basketball that Yao was trained in. I was reading the article on ND Kalu and Amobi Okoye's common Nigerian link, the Ibo tribe, and found one comment by Kalu very interesting. I know Okoye can succeed with the physical gifts, mental presence, and passion for the game that he has. It looks like his only obstacle is going to be developing a "mean streak." Okoye never played american football in Nigeria, and did play his college ball here, so he's already one step closer. But, I wonder if we'll see the same sort of transition as with Yao, as he grows more and more comfortable with the playing style of the NFL. Yao sure has proved his naysayers wrong, and while there aren't any "naysayers" saying that about Okoye, imagine how great he will be if his awesome performance in college was a result of him not being aggressive. Either way, its great that he and Kalu have developed a strong relationship. I think Kalu is a great mentor, and I hope he can help Okoye grow into the player we all hope he can be! He's so young, he could have an incredible pro career ahead of him. Its a great day to be a Texans fan!