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king4day
07-08-2011, 01:22 PM
Rockets' Yao Ming has decided to retire from the NBA, league sources tell Y! Sports. He informed the league office within past 48 hours.

http://twitter.com/#!/wojyahoonba

Gators123
07-08-2011, 01:23 PM
WojYahooNBA-

Rockets' Yao Ming has decided to retire from the NBA, league sources tell Y! Sports. He informed the league office within past 48 hours.

godolphins
07-08-2011, 01:24 PM
Adrian Woj: "Rockets' Yao Ming has decided to retire from the NBA, league sources tell Y! Sports. He informed the league office within past 48 hours."

kozelkid
07-08-2011, 01:24 PM
:sigh:

Another great big man who just never managed to complete his career due to injuries. Sad to say the least.

ManRam
07-08-2011, 01:25 PM
Sucks that his potential was never a reality all because of injuries. Sad news...

godolphins
07-08-2011, 01:26 PM
King4day won by one minute

king4day
07-08-2011, 01:27 PM
I wanted to see the Suns get a crack at him. He'd be coming off the bench so maybe his NBA life could have expanded.

Hawkeye15
07-08-2011, 01:28 PM
at least he won't have to use a cain or a wheelchair now when he is 60 hopefully. That is more important than stretching out another 2 years of ball

kozelkid
07-08-2011, 01:28 PM
I wanted to see the Suns get a crack at him. He'd be coming off the bench so maybe his NBA life could have expanded.

If there's any medical staff that could fix him, it's the Suns. :laugh2:

vr67
07-08-2011, 01:32 PM
@WojYahooNBA

Rockets' Yao Ming has decided to retire from the NBA, league sources tell Y! Sports. He informed the league office within past 48 hours.

http://twitter.com/#!/WojYahooNBA/status/89383420307841025

JordansBulls
07-08-2011, 01:33 PM
So sad to see.

LTBaByyy
07-08-2011, 01:35 PM
Dang

Sadds The Gr8
07-08-2011, 01:38 PM
sucks...career ruined

SA5195
07-08-2011, 01:39 PM
Damn, sucks cause of his injuries.

Swashcuff
07-08-2011, 01:43 PM
Sigh.

Really wished he could have rehabilitated and become at least half the player he was. Sucks for him. Hate to see a big guy go. :(

justinnum1
07-08-2011, 01:44 PM
damn

Jetsguy
07-08-2011, 01:45 PM
Could have been great...

clutchfan
07-08-2011, 01:45 PM
:cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry: :cry::cry:

IVE GOT WOOD
07-08-2011, 01:49 PM
That sucks so long Beast from the Far East

OG "Dee" LOCc
07-08-2011, 01:49 PM
at least nba.com will be able to use his picture now

ttam68
07-08-2011, 02:00 PM
The Suns should pick up Yao and trade for Oden. Those two and Nash can bring the next 3 titles.

Avenged
07-08-2011, 02:02 PM
Dwight is set to dominate the 5 for another few years.

Bittersweet for Yao though. He won't be able to play anymore, but at least he'll be healthier than what he would have been had he played.

He was a top 10 player in the game when healthy, and although I'm not much a a Rockets fan, Yao is always humble and a great player.

Ezio
07-08-2011, 02:03 PM
Oden is next in 2 years.

Kakaroach
07-08-2011, 02:04 PM
Wow, if true this is crazy. Sad to think how great he could have been. Injuries suck.

Htownballa1622
07-08-2011, 02:06 PM
Idk if I feel worse for him or me (a rockets fan).

Hes still rich and will be able to walk . I feel bad for him, the common fan, and ESPECIALLY the houston rockets fans.

#### you injury bug for getting t mac and yao! Sigh.

Rivera
07-08-2011, 02:08 PM
sucks for yao

i almost forgot he played in the league

King P
07-08-2011, 02:25 PM
Can't say I'm surprised. He just couldn't get on the court at all. Aside from his enormous size, playing basketball year round really took a toll on his body.

AIMelo=KillaDUO
07-08-2011, 02:25 PM
Dude was a beast. The NBA hasn't seen anyone that big, with that kind of touch since Pat, and Hakeem

Cowboys4Life619
07-08-2011, 02:26 PM
This guy could've been a top 5 center of all time. Great all around game!! Sucks when the league loses great players to injury....

Hellcrooner
07-08-2011, 02:30 PM
pity , had the means to be mentioned with the hakeems, robinsons and ewings but instead he will be remembered with the ralph sampsons. :(

haggis
07-08-2011, 02:31 PM
that sucks. he was so good for such a short while...

mttwlsn16
07-08-2011, 02:38 PM
oh well

Dash
07-08-2011, 02:39 PM
Damn that sucks he good have been a HOF caliber player if he didn't have any injuries.

Melo15
07-08-2011, 02:42 PM
Going to miss getting to watch him play. It's always sad to see injuries ruin such a promising career.

heattiltheend94
07-08-2011, 02:51 PM
I was really hoping for a comeback

gbpackers12
07-08-2011, 02:54 PM
That's too bad. Would've loved to see Yao reach his potential.

Iron24th
07-08-2011, 02:59 PM
Sad,when healthy,he was one hell of a player.

Squad13
07-08-2011, 03:02 PM
Poor fellah. Freakishly large humans always have health problems, smart move on his part.

fadedmario
07-08-2011, 03:09 PM
About time

Lloyd Christmas
07-08-2011, 03:11 PM
Bill Walton is somewhere shedding a tear.

I will always remember that one handed pass on the back door cut. I wish I could find the highlite. Best pass I have ever seen a center make.

beasted86
07-08-2011, 03:18 PM
Good for him. He had a solid career and made his money.

Get out before you do irreparable damage. He can live vicariously through the success of his Chinese team he owns. He's still young and can enjoy life.

ManRam
07-08-2011, 03:21 PM
Wojno just tweeted...


WojYahooNBA
When I see some of the politically-connected enshrinements into Hall of Fame as 'Contributors' to game, I know this: Yao belongs for real.

He's got a point. He did wonders for the NBA. The Chinese market is monumentally huge right now, and a lot of it has to do with him...

Punk
07-08-2011, 03:21 PM
Damn. He was one of my favorite players.

No more Yao for me on NBA 2k :(

kidphx
07-08-2011, 03:26 PM
So the Chinese Sean Bradley is retiring? Should that really be a BIG deal? Get it?

COOLbeans
07-08-2011, 03:28 PM
time for Yao to go, he was a character to say the least

championships
07-08-2011, 03:32 PM
LOL.. At the guys just dying to make a news thread.

Too bad for Yao but I don't feel sorry for him. He still managed to get millions out of the game and now he has the rest of his life to enjoy it.

Hellcrooner
07-08-2011, 03:43 PM
So the Chinese Sean Bradley is retiring? Should that really be a BIG deal? Get it?

i guess you meant SHAWN?

wont go further than that , the comment is worhtless enough.

Hellcrooner
07-08-2011, 03:44 PM
He will problaby enter the HOF anyway.

BaustinSali08
07-08-2011, 03:49 PM
He was my favorite player as a kid, but I won't look back with regret. He did a tremendous job coming from a country like China and bridging the way for future players from around the world and at his prime and 100% healthy he was the best Center in the league.

aztr0
07-08-2011, 03:51 PM
Sad that his body couldn't hold up. All that balling with the NBA and then representing China was just going to take a toll. Wish him luck in his future endeavors.

kozelkid
07-08-2011, 03:52 PM
Wojno just tweeted...



He's got a point. He did wonders for the NBA. The Chinese market is monumentally huge right now, and a lot of it has to do with him...

He'll be a HOF and his prime (though short), is probably better than a good amount of players currently in the HOF.


The only bad thing Yao did was make scouts think that Yi was worthy of being a high pick due to Yao's success. :D

GoPacers33
07-08-2011, 03:59 PM
Bye Bye Yao had a great career

GoPacers33
07-08-2011, 04:00 PM
Greatest Chinese player ever

asandhu23
07-08-2011, 04:03 PM
Greatest Chinese player ever

**** you. Sun Yue is the greatest Chinese player ever. he has a ring.

Bruno
07-08-2011, 04:04 PM
I think this is for the best. Now he can go live the rest of his life without constant rehab and physical therapy. He had a good career.

matthollabak
07-08-2011, 04:07 PM
My only question is who gets fined for letting Yao contact the league office?

smith&wesson
07-08-2011, 04:07 PM
all he was gonna do is demand a ******** contract and eat up someones cap space sitting on the bench any how. this is the most logical move for him. he can find another profession like picking cherries or somthing, he can get all the high, hard to reach cherries. those are the best ones.

mustaine
07-08-2011, 04:08 PM
Very good player and a class act, sad to see him go out so early.

RaiderLakersA's
07-08-2011, 04:08 PM
Damn shame. I would have liked to see him play for the Warriors. They would have LOVED him here in the Bay Area.

D Roses Bulls
07-08-2011, 04:13 PM
:(

B'sCeltsPatsSox
07-08-2011, 04:14 PM
What a sad story.

8kobe24
07-08-2011, 04:15 PM
Sad to hear that, but he's gotta do what he's gotta do. Better retire now than cause further damage to that foot. Had a promising career to begin with, but was stopped short because of injuries. I guess at the end of the day NBA players with frames bigger than 7'6" aren't meant to last. Good luck Yao, thanks for putting China on the NBA map.

matthollabak
07-08-2011, 04:16 PM
how can people bash jordan for getting into fights with his team mates during practice? for one, everyone knew how competitive the man was. what the op left out that was in the book was that he got into these fights because those guys weren't hustling enough or playing hard enough. this happen a lot in the early 90's and 80's and just not by michael jordan. jerry sloan tried to take karl malone out to the parking lot and fight him one time for not playing hard. larry bird use to do the same thing. it was common back then when your team mates weren't playing hard enough.

Umm...huh?

D Roses Bulls
07-08-2011, 04:17 PM
Umm...huh?

lol......... wrong thread. I had another thread up on another page, lol..... my bad..... edited*

it was meant for the MJ thread.

matthollabak
07-08-2011, 04:18 PM
lol......... wrong thread. I had another thread up on another page, lol..... my bad..... edited*

:laugh2: I was going through all the prior posts to see what I had missed, I even exited and came back in to make sure I didn't wander into the wrong thread.

D Roses Bulls
07-08-2011, 04:21 PM
:laugh2: I was going through all the prior posts to see what I had missed

the funny thing is, right after i posted it on here, i went to check another thread and went back to see if anyone had responded on the MJ thread and I was like.... "wheres my post?" I thought it got deleted or something and yeah thats when i realized i posted in the wrong thread, lol........ I need to lay off the drink :)

jonline87
07-08-2011, 04:40 PM
So much for him taking the vet min to play in Miami.

Evolution23
07-08-2011, 04:42 PM
Hope he can still come back some how later on and play for a championship team coming off the bench.

Tony_Starks
07-08-2011, 04:43 PM
Wow. Well at least he got some allstar appearances and recognition out of the deal. Even though it was a short career it was a very respectable one. Even without the injuries I doubt he would've ever dominated though, he had a serious endurance/stamina problem that would've only got progressively worse IMO..... Still hate to see him go out like that though.

smith&wesson
07-08-2011, 04:45 PM
He will problaby enter the HOF anyway.

for acomplishing what exactly ? theres no way. you dont just go to the hall of fame based on having great potential. yao ming had the potential to be one of the greates 5's of all time. but he never did anything to live up to that hepe. just because he is an international player and freakishly tall it doesnt justify him being in the hof .

Hellcrooner
07-08-2011, 04:47 PM
for acomplishing what exactly ? theres no way. you dont just go to the hall of fame based on having great potential. yao ming had the potential to be one of the greates 5's of all time. but he never did anything to live up to that hepe. just because he is an international player and freakishly tall it doesnt justify him being in the hof .

fiba career and impact on the game globaly extending the basketball fandom trough asia.

and bout potential, well sampson was in teh ballot this year ( not sure if he came trough), and his nba career was WORSE than mings.

Sportfan
07-08-2011, 05:08 PM
Shaq and Yao gone at the same time :(

ne3xchamps
07-08-2011, 05:21 PM
No surprise here to me. Its too bad, yao was a beast.

ne3xchamps
07-08-2011, 05:24 PM
He'll be a HOF and his prime (though short), is probably better than a good amount of players currently in the HOF.


The only bad thing Yao did was make scouts think that Yi was worthy of being a high pick due to Yao's success. :D

Yao had a great career, but not even close to a hof career. I have no clue what you have to go on that yao should be a hof'er.

John Walls Era
07-08-2011, 05:25 PM
He could've gone ring chasing... teams don't play their 12,13,14,15th players anyways.

TrueFan420
07-08-2011, 06:08 PM
at least he won't have to use a cain or a wheelchair now when he is 60 hopefully. That is more important than stretching out another 2 years of ball

as sad as it is to say he might not make it to 60. 7'6 is very big and he wont live as long as most do. atleast he is gonna go live like a king in china. they will prob use him to bread an army of 7'6 centers to take the nba by storm.

FOBolous
07-08-2011, 07:31 PM
sucks that he is retiring...but at least he is retiring as THE richest athlete in China. The amount of money he makes...if his manages it properly and i'm sure he will...he could live an extremely comfortable life in China.

Tony_Starks
07-08-2011, 07:33 PM
Sounds like Andrew Bynum is getting voted in the next allstar game!


(whenever that is)

sventhedog
07-08-2011, 07:46 PM
that's tough when you're forced to retire. he must have had a lot of the fake/bad food in china. i don't think your body would heal eating plastic and other stuff.

BoSelecta!!!
07-08-2011, 09:10 PM
He came, he worked his butt off and he earned his respect!! Truly a role model and best wishes big man!!

ABOMB_56
07-08-2011, 10:24 PM
:cry: A very heartbreaking day for me. He is the reason I became a Rockets fan, and when he was drafted, that is when I first got into watching the NBA
Oh, and yes, Yao is a HOF

John Walls Era
07-08-2011, 10:26 PM
that's tough when you're forced to retire. he must have had a lot of the fake/bad food in china. i don't think your body would heal eating plastic and other stuff.

You're right. He should've ate more what the locals ate in Texas, that would've been more healthy :rolleyes:.

Hellcrooner
07-08-2011, 11:20 PM
Sounds like Andrew Bynum is getting voted in the next allstar game!


(whenever that is)

hope nba is savy enoug to place duncan and pau gasol in the C ballot.

IDB Josh M
07-08-2011, 11:38 PM
In the end, his body was too big and essentially too fragile. You will be missed.

astrosmaniac
07-09-2011, 12:57 AM
all he was gonna do is demand a ******** contract and eat up someones cap space sitting on the bench any how. this is the most logical move for him. he can find another profession like picking cherries or somthing, he can get all the high, hard to reach cherries. those are the best ones.

he owns a chinese basketball team (the shankhai (sp?) sharks)

Antipod
07-09-2011, 07:05 AM
Bye ! x(

I hope we won`t see a similar thread about Roy or Oden too soon ...

3ballbomber
07-09-2011, 07:55 AM
it's all good! he's going to live a good life outside of the NBA. Blessings on your future Yao!

todu82
07-09-2011, 09:16 AM
Really sad to see, injuries really derailed this guy.

DR_1
07-09-2011, 09:09 PM
Sucks that his potential was never a reality all because of injuries. Sad news...

Agreed, for sure. It's not often in today's NBA that centers could compete with Howard, but Yao could.