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Yao Ming announces retirement from basketball

2011-07-20 06:15:32 GMT2011-07-20 14:15:32(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Yao Ming announces his retirement from basketball during a press conference, in Shanghai, July 20, 2011 .(Photo:SINA)

Yao Ming's press conference started at 14:00 local time on Wednesda.(Photo:SINA)

SHANGHAI, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball here on Wednesday.

"Today is an important day for me and holds a special meaning for both my basketball career and my future," Yao said.

"I had to leave the court since I suffered stress fracture in my left foot for the third time at the end of last year. My past six months was an agonizing wait. I had been thinking (about my future) over and over.

"Today I announced a personal decision: I ends my career as a basketball player and officially retire."

The 2.26-meter Shanghai native, who played for eight seasons in the NBA after being the top overall pick in the 2002 draft, has been troubled with a series of injuries.

Yao, who will turn 31 in September, averaged 19 points and 9.2 rebounds and has been named to the NBA All-star team eight times.

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