Oft-injured Houston Rockets player Yao Ming has decided to retire from basketball after nine years. In his first three seasons in the NBA, Yao missed only two games out of a possible 246. Yao was forced to sit out of 250 of a possible 492 games dating back to 2005-06 campaign with an assortment of leg injuries. The Chinese star missed all but five contests over the past two seasons, including the entire 2009-10 season.
The 7-foot-6 center was also plagued by lower-body injuries in the second half of his career. He was forced to sit out of 250 of a possible 492 games dating back to 2005-06 NBA season with an assortment of leg injuries. The Chinese star missed all but five basketball games over the past two seasons, including the entire 2009-10 season.
The Houston Rockets organization could not comment on the report because of the lockout, and the NBA has reported that they have not received official retirement paperwork from Yao Ming. He was An eight-time All-Star, and one of the game’s best big men on the floor thanks to some amazing skills for a man of his height. Unfortunately he never developed into a truly dominant player thanks in large part to the injuries he sustained over the course of his career.
He is said to have earned over $93 million dollars during his time in Houston.
The international star will likely be very active when he returns to China full time. His popularity worldwide popularity has made the NBA a possibility for young people in China who hope to play their favorite sport professionally. Yao could continue to grow and support this love for the game, but as of press time, there were no post-retirement plans announced.
(Written By Isidori Mtabo)
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