Let me start off by saying we all owe a huge toast to ourselves as fans for the patience we've all exhibited during Yao Ming's career.
The 7'6", 310-pound China bred phenom is finally a free agent after another injury prone season where Ming only played an upsetting five total games.
What is it with some big men that the ability to stay healthy is just not in the cards for them?
Who knows what's going to happen with Yao Ming from here on out. He's been an absolute joy to watch when healthy, but it's been years since he's played an entire season.
In his career, he's averaged 19.2 PPG, 9.2 RPG and 1.9 BPG. For most big men, those are sensational numbers.
I'm sure if Ming is going through the rehabilitation process and it goes smoothly, he'll be ready and healthy for another crack at an NBA championship. However, there's always that money thing that gets in the way from a guy being able to suit up.
What kind of investment is Yao Ming?
He could be the next Apple or he could wind up the restaurant down the street from you that never made it out of that "five-year slump".
Regardless, he's the NBA's most highly touted big man entering this offseason and it's going to be extremely interesting to see where he ends up. And for how much?