Rockets: No News about Yao Ming's Retirement
    2011-07-09 08:59:00     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhangjin
Yao Ming, one of the pivotal figures in the NBA globalization, sent nothing about his retirement to the Houston Rockets and NBA, confirmed by Rockets official on Friday.

ESPN reports Yao Ming's retirement on Friday, July 8, 2011. [Photo: Agencies]

Yao Ming, one of the pivotal figures in the NBA globalization, sent nothing about his retirement to the Houston Rockets and NBA, confirmed by Rockets official on Friday.

"We have not got any news about Yao's retirement," said Talung Lin, China's market manager of the Rockets. "We were surprised by the news spreading around here today."

According to the reports from Houston Chronicle, Yahoo Sports and ESPN on Friday, 30-year-old Yao, who has a stress fracture in his left ankle early this year, has decided to retire and has informed the Rockets and NBA about his retirement.

"First Yao Ming has not decided to retire," confirmed Zhang Mingji, Yao's agent in China. "Second, Yao has not informed the Rockets and NBA that he would retire."

Yao Ming, the 2.26-meter top overall pick by Houston in the 2002 draft, had been plagued by numerous injuries, the most recent of them a stress fracture in his left ankle suffered in a November 10 loss last season at Washington Wizards.

Yao, an eight-time All-Star, missed all of the 2009-2010 season after surgery to repair his broken left foot.

Last season the Rockets limited Yao's minutes to 24 per game, and made sure he didn't play in back-to-back games. Even so, Yao was hurt in his fifth game of the season. First diagnosed as a mild ankle sprain, the injury was later said to be an ankle bone bruise.

In his 486 NBA games, Yao averaged 19.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocked shots and 1.6 assists.

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