Yao Ming retires officially from NBA

By on Jul 20, 2011 in Asia, Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

NBA star player Yao Ming officially announced on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 that he will retire from his basketball career, in a press conference at the Grand Shanghai Ballroom in China.



Yao Ming file photo
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As noted in international news sites that day, Yao Ming made the official announcement about his retirement from NBA, who was noted to be one of the most successful foreign basketball players.

“Today is an important day for me and holds a special meaning for both my basketball career and my future,” Yao Ming reportedly said, as translated in English, noting that closing a door means another one will be opened.

“I need to make a personal decision; I am ending my basketball career. I am very grateful. I like to thank my family members and my parents. And the Houston Rockets.” Ming added.

“I had to leave the court since I suffered a stress fracture in my left foot for the third time at the end of last year. My past six months were an agonizing wait.” Ming recalls his injuries.

Ming, 31, the tallest NBA player standing at 7”6’, started playing for the Houston Rockets in 2002, and played for eight seasons; and also had some product endorsements.

Yao Ming joined the NBA All-Star Season eight times but suffered had a lot of injuries throughout his career, and was not able to play for the entire 2009-2010 season.



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