The week that was

2011-07-24 06:05:17

Yao phenomenon

2011-07-21 08:04:50

A massive chasm opened up in the Chinese basketball world on Wednesday, and it could take a long time to fill - depending on who you speak to.

How do you gauge impact of a giant?

2011-07-21 08:04:50

At 2.26 meters, or as we old folk like to say - 7 foot, 5 inches, Yao Ming must have some trouble getting through most doors; but he sure as heck opened up a lot for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Always fluent in basketball

2011-07-21 08:04:50

Yao Ming was only in his second year in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Houston Rockets and relied heavily on an interpreter before developing his English proficiency. However, first-year coach Jeff Van Gundy had no difficulty communicating with his towering star. "He worked hard at his English but he spoke perfect basketball. He didn't need any help on the court. He had a superior basketball IQ," said Van Gundy, who coached Yao during four of his finest seasons in the NBA.

Yao influence

2011-07-21 08:04:50

Colin Pine


2011-07-21 08:04:50

"Yao Ming, hello (in Chinese), my brother, it's Shaq. You are China's greatest player and among this era's greatest players. I will miss you now, let's go on holiday together, you and I."

Ciao, Yao!

2011-07-21 07:52:07

Chinese basketball icon leaves the game and a huge legacy after a landmark career with the Houston Rockets in the NBA.

Love for star will never die

2011-07-21 07:52:07

Though regretting Yao Ming's decision to retire, Chinese fans across America are adamant they will continue their support for the all-star center.

Home city anticipates return of the big guy

2011-07-21 07:52:07


End of the Ming dynasty

2011-07-21 07:50:38

It's final. In a news conference held in Shanghai and broadcast live in China on Wednesday, Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball, staging an emotional end to a glorious career.

Full transcript of Yao Ming's statement

2011-07-20 15:22:57

Leaders, guests, and friends from news media, good afternoon, and thanks for

Yao Ming's retirement speech (Part 1)

2011-07-20 15:13:28

part I&II