NBA Rumors: Will Yao Ming Pull a Brett Favre and Unretire?
Yao Ming has announced today that he officially retired from the National Basketball League sometime in the past 48 hours. Ming had quite an enigmatic career, being named to eight All-Star teams and making five All-NBA teams while putting up career averages of 19 points, 9.2 boards, and 1.9 blocks.
At 7-foot-6, Yao was one of the tallest players in league history, and certainly the most productive out of anyone who stood that high. Ming was a legitimate two-way player, offering shot blocking and rebounding on the defensive end and a legit low post and face-up game on the other end.
Unfortunately, Yao spent such a short time in the league and only played in five games the past two seasons due to injuries. From 2002-2005 Yao dominated the league and showcased a ton of potential. His last six years have been injury plagued, as most players his size seem to have struggle with.
On the bright side, Yao is only 30 years old and could potentially make a comeback at some point in the near future. He retired due to his lingering injuries and feels he can no longer adequately contribute and get healthy in the NBA. He is one of the most popular players in the league internationally and everyone would like to see him back.
If Yao takes a year or two off to completely rehab, he may find himself missing the hardwood and healthy enough to play. A player of his size will always be needed in the league, and even in a limited capacity, Yao would be effective in the NBA.
The Rockets would certainly love to have him come back and would hold his rights in retirement. They desperately need size and have been struggling to find a replacement at the center position. If he decides to take a year or two off and come back, he should easily find himself in a position to help the team.
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