Yahoo Sports reports that the Rockets' Chinese Big Man is calling it quits.
Yao Ming is quitting basketball. The eight-time All-Star who averaged 19 points and 9.2 rebounds per game was an enigma when it came to the NBA game. Now multiple stress fractures in his feet have forced him to hang up his sneakers instead of attempting yet another comeback.
Why Yao, China's favorite son, should follow Walton, the world's tallest Deadhead, to the Hall of Fame
Skilled, potentially dominant big men are very difficult to find in basketball these days. Dwight Howard’s had years to develop something resembling an offensive repertoire, learning from one of the last talented inside scorers, Patrick Ewing. Shaquille O’Neal’s sheer physicality made up for any lack of moves, as defending him was much like posting up a CSX freight train.