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Factfile for Yao Ming

2011-07-20 06:51:16 GMT2011-07-20 14:51:16(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SHANGHAI, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Following is the factfile of Chinese basketball star Yao Ming who announced his retirement on Wednesday:

Date of birth: Sept 12, 1980

Place of birth: Shanghai, China

Height: 2.26 meters

Career in China: 1997-2002 Shanghai Sharks (CBA)

NBA Career: Houston Rockets 2002-2011

Yao was selected by the Houston Rockets as the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft.

Initial years 2002-2005

Injury-plagued seasons 2005-2011

Serious injuries: Bone spur in the left foot and osteomyelitis in the big toe of the left foot in 2005

Broken bone in the left foot and right knee in 2006

Stress fracture in the left foot in 2008

Hairline fracture in the left foot in 2009

Stress fracture in the left ankle in 2010

International career:

2000 and 2004 Olympic Games

2001, 2003 and 2005 Asian Championships

2006 World Championships: round of 16

2008 Olympic Games: round of 8


Eight times NBA All-Star: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

Five times all-NBA team: Second team: 2007, 2009; Third team 2004, 2006, 2008

NBA All-Rookie First team: 2003

NBA Rookie All-Star Game: 2004

2001, 2003 and 2005 Asian Championships winner and MVP

CBA champion: 2001-2002 season

2003 Sporting News Rookie of the Year

2003 Laureus Newcomer of the Year


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