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International Business Times | Mar 20
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In China, a bittersweet moment in sports. After a long struggle with nagging injuries, Yao Ming has announced his retirement from basketball. Yao Ming wasn’t the first Chinese player to compete in the NBA. But he was by far the best – an 8 time all-star with the Houston Rockets. Back in China, Yao’s popularity was a selling point for the NBA. His star power got games on TV and helped sell league merchandise. Yao also led the Chinese national team during the Beijing Olympics. He says he’s leaving the court, but he’s not leaving the game.
Today I have retired, but as one door closes, another door gradually opens and a brand new life is waiting for me outside that door. Although I have retired from the court, I will never leave basketball. The Shanghai Oriental Sharks Basketball Club will be the extension of my basketball career. I am running the club with the knowledge that I have learnt over the years.
Yao Ming’s retirement led to an outpouring of messages in China’s social media. Here are a few of them:
I hope he will find another way to contribute to China and to basketball!
Mr. Yao finished his basketball career, and is set to start his business career.
I'm a little bit disappointed. I had hoped he could at least win the NBA division championship.
I will always support this great Chinese person!