Student or Learner
As Frenchman Tony Parker and Argentine Emanuel Ginobili showed in winning championship rings with the San Antonio Spurs last season, many people can earn the respect of their American peers. Others, such as the Houston Rockets’ Chinese centre Yao Ming — number one draft pick in 2002 — and the Detroit Pistons’ 18-year-old Serb Darko Milicic — number two overall in this year’s draft — are icons in-waiting. It is the ultimate revolution — the rest of the world teaching the US how to play basketball.
What does "icons in-waiting" mean?
Does it mean "would-be" icons?
(Not a Teacher)
It means that their time in the limelight is coming. 'Would-be' means pretending or wishing to be.