Yao Ming of Houston Rockets Reportedly Retiring from NBA

July 9th, 2011 by Karthik Tadisina Leave a reply »
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski citing sources, Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets is expected to announce his retirement from the NBA after a nine-year career. Due to the ongoing NBA lockout, the retirement has not been made official.

Yao, 30, was selected by the Houston Rockets with the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft. He spent a couple years playing alongside Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley before the Rockets acquired Tracy McGrady, and sent Steve Francis and Mobley to the Orlando Magic in the summer of 2004.

Yao went through many ups and downs during his years with the Rockets, but started to become a force on both the offensive and defensive ends of the basketball court, helping the Rockets in multiple ways.

But, as time went on, injuries limited Yao from contributing on a regular basis and started the spiraling of his NBA career. A foot injury that required surgery caused him to miss the entire 2009-2010 season, and all but five games in the 2010-2011 season. The big man himself said that if he is not healthy, then he will opt for retirement rather than attempting to play through another grueling ...

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