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NBA Lines –Yao Ming Retiring From NBA

Posted by Ashley Carmichael on 7/19/2011 9:55:33 AM

A knee injury has hindered Yao Ming’s NBA lines career for the last time.

2010-2011 Season

Houston Rockets vs. NBA: 43-39
Houston Rockets vs. Southwest: 5-11

NorthBet Numbers: Houston Rockets were 43-37-2 this season.

A source close to Yao Ming has released information, on condition of anonymity, that the NBA lines star would be retiring from professional basketball.

The informer said that Yao should be announcing his retirement at a press conference on July 20 in Shanghai. Yahoo! Sports was the first to report news of his eventual retirement.
The anonymous source also said that neither Yao nor his representatives have informed the league of his decision, who cannot comment on the situation anyway because of restrictions imposed by the lockout.

Yao Ming was drafted first overall in 2002 by the Houston Rockets. But the eventual star’s career was hampered by injuries, his body burdened by his gargantuan 310 lbs – 7’6” frame – he has missed 250 games over the past 6 seasons. However, when he has played, the 30-year-old has been nothing less than stellar.

Yao is an 8-time NBA lines All-Star, and has an incredible career average of 19.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game throughout 8 seasons.  For the Houston Rockets, Yao ranks second all-time in blocks (920), and sixth in points (9,247) and rebounds (4,494).

Yao, who turn 31 in September, did not want to risk another injury and lengthy rehabilitation – he only played 5 games this past season after developing a stress fracture in his left ankle in mid December. Yet, despite his short career, Yao has done a lot for basketball.  He was a great ambassador for the sport, and popularized basketball all over Asia, especially in his own country of China. NBA lines merchandise sales and TV ratings have increased all over the continent solely because of Yao Ming.

It is expected that his retirement will have a substantial effect on the sport of basketball in Asia. A recent online poll found that 57 percent of Asian NBA fans would no longer watch the NBA after Yao Ming’s retirement. Yao Ming is a hero in China, and the NBA would be wise to quickly discover another Asian gem to replace the large marketing hole that will be left by the legend’s retirement.

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