After nine seasons in the NBA at age 30 Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets has decided to retire. Going out quietly unlike superstars that we have seen in the past such as Shaquille O’Neal, who hosted a press conference at his house and on the night of releasing his decision to retire, he would talk with analysts on ESPN. Or not like Brett Favre, who held a press conference in tears saying how much he was going to miss playing in the NFL. Nope, all it took was word of mouth for the China native as he has officially said his last goodbyes.
During those nine seasons Ming played in 486 games averaging 19.2 points per game to go along with 9.2 rebounds per game. Also during those nine seasons Ming who averaged 19.2 points per game scored the most points for a center from 2002-2009 and was fourth in rebounds during that time period. Not only was Ming an unstoppable force on the court but the accomplishments that he made off the court was just as great if not better. Starting with how he pretty much single handily globalized the NBA in China, a population of 3 billion or more all buying his jersey’s, tuning into his games, and many other great things.
Standing tall at 7 feet 6 inches Yao Ming the third tallest player in NBA history began facing injury after injury, set back after set back, and heartbreak after heartbreak. Just when things looked like they were going to change for the big man within the blink of an eye everything went down-hill again. After reports broke last September saying that Ming would only be able to play 24 minutes at the most a game and wouldn’t be able to play in back to back games, it became very evident that his retirement was right around the corner.
Sure enough in the seventh game of the season, Yao Ming six minutes into the game would leave with an injury. Leaving with one rebound and one block those six minutes would be the last that the NBA and we the fans would see of the great Yao Ming. Now nearly 11 months and several days later Yao Ming sometimes known as Ming Yao is retiring or as they say in China 退休 (meaning of retired in Chinese). Ming did a lot of great things for the NBA and he will forever be remembered.