08 Jul '11, 11pm

Yao Ming has notified the Houston Rockets and the NBA that he has retired. Shaq wants to go on a vacation with him.

Yao Ming has notified the Houston Rockets and the NBA that he has retired. Shaq wants to go on a vacation with him.

While Yao was not the first Chinese player in the NBA, his engaging personality made him a favourite for sponsors seeking a way to attract interest in China and for NBA fans across Asia. -- PHOTO: REUTERS HOUSTON - YAO Ming, the 2.29m Chinese giant who became the NBA's first superstar player from Asia, has notified the Houston Rockets and the NBA that he has retired, according to multiple reports on Friday. The Houston Chronicle, ESPN and Sports Illustrated reported that Yao has decided against trying to make another comeback after injuries limited him to playing in only five games over the past two NBA seasons. The Chronicle reported that Yao told the club a month ago he was not coming back. With NBA players locked out by owners in a contract dispute, there was no immediate confirmation from the Rockets or the league regarding the status of Yao, whose ground-breaking care...

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