Yao Ming Transitions After Retirement from NBA, but Stays Involved in Basketball

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Yao Ming Transitions After Retirement from NBA, but Stays Involved in Basketball
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That burning sensation in the chest after a series of full-court sprints; the one so intense that the lungs feel ill-equipped to withstand it and the body is pushed to the brink of submission. That’s what Yao Ming desires most since injuries to his feet and left ankle forced him into retirement less than two years ago. “It’s very painful,” Yao said in a recent telephone interview, “but I don’t know why, I kind of miss that.”

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