Yao Ming, one of the seminal figures in the globalization of the NBA, has decided to retire after eight injury-plagued seasons with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Yao, who missed all but five games of the 2010-11 season, hasn’t been able to fully recover from a tendon strain in his left leg. The veteran center informed the Rockets, the league office in New York, and NBA China of his decision to leave the game within the past 48 hours, sources said.
Yao was set to become a free agent once the league’s lockout ends. He was once poised to become the league’s dominant big man, but lower-injury injuries led to myriad missed games over the course of his career.
Yao, who was the top overall pick of the 2002 NBA draft, finishes his career with per-game averages of 19.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots.
But why can't he just wait for it to heal in case there is no season this year?
Oh well. I enjoyed watching him play throughout his career. Where do the Rockets go from here.
"First Houston fan to celebrate in here gets a lifetime ban, and I might get a little carried away with how far i take the IP ban. Could be all of Texas..." - by 24, moderator on Lakersground.net moments after USAToday reported Dwight chose Houston.