It’s Official, Yao Ming Retires From the NBA
It’s official, Yao Ming announced yesterday in a news conference that he is retiring from the NBA, a sport that made him an icon in China. The 7 foot 6 center for the Houston Rockets played for eight seasons , but missed 250 regular season games in the span of six years.
Media personnel gathered in a reception hall in a hotel in Pudong district in Shanghai billed as the country’s media event of the year. Media have been asked to cover the restricted event and were asked to arrive earlier to go through security checks. The news conference was broadcast live in China and in countries around the world.
For nearly two weeks, reports on Yao’s retirement have been in the news, but now, comments were heard from the Rockets because of the NBA lockout and Yao’s management refused to say anything. The NBA still haven’t received official retirement papers from Yao.
Yao’s contract expired last season, and the Rockets were planning to re-sign him if he was healthy enough to play. In April, Yao announced that his future lies in whether he can recover from the stress fracture in his left ankle.
Yao broke his left foot in a postseason game against the LA Lakers. He had a complex surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2009-2010 season. In the start of the 2010-2011 season he was only able to play for five games before breaking his ankle again, he then had surgery in January and wasn’t able to play again for the rest of the season.