Yao Ming has announced his decision to retire from the NBA at the age of 30.
Yao was a dominant center when healthy, as evidenced by his career averages -- 19.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and just 1.4 turnovers per game. He had an unusually deft touch around the basket and a soft jumper, shooting 52.4% from the field and 83.3% from the FT line, and his humility off the court was equally impressive. Sadly, his body couldn't support the rigors of an 82-game season -- after battling injuries for years, a series of foot surgeries limited him to a mere five games between 2009-2011. Now he can focus on his family, his ownership of the Shanghai Sharks, his humanitarian work, and his role as an ambassador for the game.
Fri, Jul 8, 2011 01:59:00 PM