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Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:28 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 2:55 pm
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Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will retire from the NBA. Posted by Ben Golliver. yao-ming
 
The news that no one wanted to hear is here: Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has decided to call it a career in the NBA.

Yahoo! Sports reports: "Rockets' Yao Ming has decided to retire from the NBA. He informed the league office within past 48 hours."

The decision comes after years of dealing with nagging injuries. 

Back in December, Yao suffered a stress fracture of his ankle that required season-ending surgery. It was assumed at the time that the injury could be career-threatening, as the injury occurred just five games into the 2010-2011 season after Yao had missed the entire 2009-2010 season following foot surgery. 

In March, Yao told reporters in Houston that he would attempt a comeback, but was cautious in his outlook.

Yao, 30, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. Due to his overwhelming popularity, he was voted to the NBA All-Star team in each of his eight seasons as a pro.

Listed at 7-foot-6 and 310 pounds, Yao was unmatched as a physical specimen, enjoying more success than any other player at his height or greater in NBA history. He is credited with being a key figure in spreading the global popularity of basketball, especially in his native China.

He leaves the game with career averages of 19.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in 486 appearances.

For more on Yao's legacy, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger has you covered.
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Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 8:31 am
 

Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

Yao, 19.0 pts, 9.2 rebs and 1.9 blks....Bill Walton (HOF) 13.3 pts, 10.5 rebs and 2.2 blks...I`m just sayin!!



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

If there were someone more talanted they would have the roster spot and get more playing time.  What you're aleging is there is a conparicy to get foreighn players onto NBA rosters and get playing time.  Yao averaged 19 and 9, who playing in the D league or sitting at home is going to do that for you.  



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

I'm pretty sure the lockout had nothing to do with it, it was the chronic injuries.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

19 points per game 9.2 rebounds per game and 1.9 blocks per game. He also was a very good free throw shooter! You will not be able to list many centers with better stats than that!



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

Too bad that he was always battling an injury, like so many big centers.  He definitely opened doors for the NBA in China and made them an even stronger global business.  He was a good character on the court and had a good skill set.  If he is ever inducted into the Hall of Fame it would certainly have to be for his work off the court promoting the NBA rather than just the stats he put up while playing.




Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

You wonder if the lockout was what made up his mind to retire.



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: July 9, 2011 10:32 am
 

Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

Ummm, Hakeem Olajuwon was the greatest Houston Rocket center of all time: perhaps the greatest Rocket of all-time.

Also, I doubt this is the last we have heard of Yao Ming. I'm sure he will be voted to start in next year's All-Star Game.




Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2011 8:10 am
 

Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

Good luck in your retirement Yao. Sometimes you can be TOO big and that just sets you up for a shortened injury plagued career (Muresan, Sampson, Bowie, etc.). He is definitely a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, too bad it's The CHINESE Basketball Hall of Fame.



Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2011 8:01 am
 

Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

Yao was a great player but it always seemed that the Rockets were as good of a team when he was hurt--which was a lot.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2011 7:05 am
 

Report: Rockets C Yao Ming to retire from NBA

Good riddance ! As big as he is he should have led the league in blocks and rebounds with everyone else coming in a distant second ! This crap of bringing these guys to the NBA from overseas needs to stop because there's been more busts than I care to count ! The ones that due play in league are one dimensional and that more often than not means they're good shooters but they leave a lot to be desired on the defensive end of the floor !

Outside of Dirk, Manu and Steve Nash, the rest of these non American NBA players are just taking up a spot someone else who is talented could occupy ! 


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