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Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Posted on: July 20, 2011 2:18 am
Edited on: July 20, 2011 2:35 am
 
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming officially announced his retirement in Shanghai, China. Posted by Ben Golliver.
 
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Houston Rockets center Yao Ming officially announced his retirement from the NBA at a press conference in Shanghai, China, in front of a crowd that included his family, Rockets GM Daryl Morey, Chinese Basketball officials and hundreds of media members.

He began by addressing the crowd in Chinese. 

"Today I need to make a personal decision as a basketball player," Yao said through a translator. "I will stop my basketball career and I will formally retire."

Yao then went on to give a list of thanks, which started with the game itself. "I am grateful to basketball. It has brought happiness to many people, including myself."

Yao said he would not leave basketball completely and will begin working with the Shanghai Sharks, the Chinese team he played for prior to coming to the NBA. He said he hoped his forthcoming work with the Sharks would "help bring happiness to the fans" and serve as a "contribution to the Chinese basketball industry."

"This will be just a comma, not a period," Yao promised. "I will not leave basketball, I have many things to do."

After that statement, Yao briefly addressed his "friends overseas" in English. 

"I would like to thank you for giving me a great nine years during my NBA career," Yao told Rockets fans. "Nine years ago I come to Houston as a young, tall, skinny player. The entire city and team changed me into a grown man. Not only a basketball player. And also I had my first daughter over there. I feel like a Houstonian and I will always be with you."

"I've been around a lot of great players, but none as hardworking as Yao Ming," Morey said. "Such a great player, how humble he is, also his humor, how funny he is."

Here's video of Yao's opening remarks in Chinese, which are translated to English.



Here's video of Yao's direct statement to Rockets fans in English.


Comments

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 6:11 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Awesome to watch when healthly



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 3:09 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

In the top photo is that Yaoor a cardboard cutout of him?  Oh, never mind, the real thing is more fragile than a cutout anyway!

That being said, I bet the idiot communists find a why to write in vote him into starting the 2011-12 NBA All-Star game if there is a season and of course that douche Stern would probably let him play to "grow the game and NBA brand in China."

In conclusion, he isn't a HOF'er for what he did on the court, if he would have held up and played 12 full seasons (with the same productivity of his pre-injury years) then no doubt he would have been of HOF'er, perhaps they will put him in for all the money he put in the NBA's pocket by making the game more popular with the communists.

He certainly won't make it on personality though!




Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:32 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Not sure Yao Ming will end up in the HOF but that does not diminish what he did for the NBA. It is too bad that his career got derailed though because I think he could have ended with HOF caliber numbers.



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:49 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

9 years in the NBA?  2 of which were cut short by injuries.  Hard to figure him for the HOF.  Granted he did put China on the map for basketball (not that they matter in international play).   He was very good in his 1st couple of years but beyond that didn't do a whole lot.  Not HOF worthy. 



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

great? is he a great nba player or great chinese player? hes not nearly HOF worthy IMO



Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Based on his healthy playing time and the impact he made when he actually played, I would argue that he is a hall of fame player. Where I second-guess is based on the fact that we didn't get too much time or a championship out of him.



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Manute Bol sucked! Don't compare Yao to him...<br />




Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Yao was the best 7'6" player the NBA has ever seen.  Best offensive repetoire for a guy that size.  Should get into the Hall of Fame due to his total contribution to the game, not just what he did in the NBA.

By the way, there's no such thing as the NBA Hall of Fame, just the Basketball Hall of Fame.



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

No he will not be in the NBA HOF. He'll be in the Basketball HOF for sure, though. He was unmatched as a player, except *MAYBE* Shaq. Unfortuanalty, his cureer was cut short by injuries, but combine his on-court skills and what he did for Chinese basketball, and you have a HOF-caliber player.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Run down city?  You are a MORON!  His body wore down because he is 7'6" and played year round basketball for so many years.  Not because he played for the Rockets.


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