"I am off the basketball court but I will never be away from the sport," Yao Ming said here on Wednesday at a news conference to announce his retirement.
NBA commissioner David Stern hailed Chinese Yao Ming as a "bridge between basketball fans" in the two countries as the Houston Rockets center announced retirement on Wednesday.
Yao Ming just announced his retirement after serious consideration. On behalf of the Shanghai Sports Bureau, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Yao Ming for his contribution toShanghaisports development and the city.
China's iconic star announced retirement from the NBA and a sport that made him a household name.
Yao Ming has made it possible for young Chinese basketball players to chase their NBA dreams, NBA all-star guard Kobe Bryant said on Tuesday.
Yao Ming should make it official on Wednesday, announcing what is widely expected to be his retirement from the NBA and a sport that made him a household name in China.
The paralyzed gymnast has reached a deal with insurance companies and USA Gymnastics to provide her with medical care and rehabilitation in China.
Argentinean basketball player Luis Scola on Tuesday regretted the retirement of Chinese Yao Ming from the Houston Rockets.
Beckham, who spent four years with Real Madrid, will play against his former team for the first time since leaving when the Los Angeles Galaxy hosts the Spanish heavyweights in a friendly on Saturday.
Former Argentine soccer player and coach Diego Maradona escaped serious injury on Monday when his car was involved in a collision with a bus near his Buenos Aires home, local media and officials said.
Chinese NBA idol Yao Ming was set to retire, as confirmed by his management on Saturday.
Basketball has suffered a big loss: Yao Ming, the 7-foot-6 center and 8-time NBA All-Star is reportedly retiring due to career-ending injuries.