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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: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

After watching Year of the Yao I grew to like and respect the guy.  He battled thru some tough obstacles to become a good NBA player.  Not only that but a quality person off the court.  It's too bad his career was so short over here.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

didnt realize he was still active, thought he retired 2-3 yrs ago



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

He was every bit as good of a basketball player as Manute Bol. Definitely deserves to be in the hall of fame.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:46 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

A classy exit for a classy guy.  Sad that it has to end like this.  Good man, good player, but not a HOFer.  I would like to see him spearhead a program in China to channel players to American colleges and the NBA.  I think Yao Ming still has more to offer the game than just a player.  Good luck.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:41 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Definetly doesnt belong in the hall of fame.  




Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:06 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

What a class athlete ... never heard anything regarding "off time behavior incidents", just did his "work" and excelled. Sorry to see him go, because of injuries. He will be missed by Rockets fans. &nb
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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:04 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

let me start by saying i had an epic post written, bullet points, facts, wit, everything. Then literally while i am writing my closing remarks the webpage took me back to the CBSSPORTS home page for no particular reason.

but... to sum up what i said...

Mr. Phoenix, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and my God have mercy on your soul.

playing for a better team makes peoples bones stronger? Yell




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:57 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

The NBA will never see another Oriental big man like Ming again.  It is too bad his body kept breaking down again and again.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:33 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Ironically I'm in Shanghai right now watching his retirement all over the news. While my personal opinion of Yao is not equal to the level of the Chinese poeple, I do respect him for the affect he had on bringing these fans to the NBA. Yao had 6 very good statistical seasons but is not a HOF player. He might be a HOF superstar based on his affect on the game.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 2:40 am
 

Yao Ming announces retirement in China video

Well Yao Ming is the best asian player to every play in the NBA and that's for sure but it's sad that his career had to end this quick because of injurys. If Yao played with a winner and not a loser like the Rockets or playing in a run down city like Houston and there hardly any fan base to then maybe he would still be playing and would be a Hall-of-Fame player too.


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