Yao Ming has decided to retire from the NBA according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Yao informed the league in the last couple days.Yao is just 30 years old, but only played in 486 of a possible 656 games in his 8-year NBA career. (He played in 244 of 246 games in his first three years. It’s all downhill from there.) He finished with career averages of 19 points, 9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
It seems like just yesterday when Yao looked like the big man that would help Houston return to the NBA Finals. In his first season, the Rockets went from 28 wins to 47-wins and contended for a first-round playoff exit most of the years he played in Houston.
In the end, Yao will be remembered as an immensely popular (A lock to be voted starting center for the West thanks to overseas ballots), oft-injured, gentle giant.