It is all but official that Ming will announce his retirement at that time, confirming significant speculation about his playing status.
If he does retire, Yao will finish out an uneven career that started as a wondrous, global adventure and ended with questions about what could have been.
To be fair, Ming's career, if it is in fact over, will have been seriously and negatively impacted by injuries and health matters.
In eight seasons with the Rockets, Ming only played three full seasons—his first three in the NBA.
In fact, out of 486 games played, he hit the court 244 times (a hair over 50 percent of his total games played) in those first three years.
No one knows what kind of career he would have had if he could have been more durable.
It is strange to see the unlikely list of current players that will finish their careers with more rebounds during the regular season than Yao.
Right now, Ming is No. 42 among active players in regular-season rebounds (4,494)...42nd!
Here are 10 surprising NBA players who have pulled down more boards than the 7'6", 310-lb. All-Star center: