According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Yao Ming has decided to retire after eight seasons in the NBA.
Reportedly, the Houston Rockets star informed the league office within the last seventy-two hours that his playing days were over.
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The 7-foot-6 center officially became a restricted free agent on July 1st.
He was the #1 overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, and averaged 19 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest for his career.