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BREAKING: Yao Ming is Retiring
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Im Just Sayin is offline Old 07-08-2011, 12:23 PM   #1
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Rockets' Yao Ming has decided to retire from the NBA, league sources tell Y! Sports. He informed the league office within past 48 hours.

UPDATE: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slu...etiring_070811

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Sources: Rockets’ Yao set to retire

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

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.

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woow =/
 
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So disappointed in what happened with his career, and in never seeing what could have been.

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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.

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Too bad we couldn't outfit him with cyborg legs. A damn shame.
 
Kam is offline Old 07-08-2011, 12:25 PM   #8
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Damn. Damn damn damn.


really like Yao.

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Man... I just saw on Y! Twitter. Sad day for all us Rox fans but for once we actually know what direction this team needs to be taking now.

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Well at least he retired a Rocket.

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sad day.
 
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At least there will be no more 'What if' scenarios. Yao's the reason I became a Rockets fan and I'll keep supporting the Rockets after he is gone.
 
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good decision Yao. now start making babies for the NBA.
 
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Gonna play the Yao Ming song for a while...

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Holy Crap! Damn, Morey's going to go after a great C with all that cap room, In morey we believe!
 
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Best wishes to ya big man. You were great when you were great. Now rest easy and take care of your family.
 
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good decision Yao. now start making babies for the NBA.
my thoughts exactly. can we sign his unborn children for the league minimum?
 
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Sad day for Rockets fans. Just a damn shame.
 
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This is a bummer.

I always wanted the Rockets to be successful with Yao.

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Thank you Yao. It was fun while it lasted.

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