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Yao Ming holds press conference

2011-07-20 08:27:22 GMT2011-07-20 16:27:22(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Yao Ming (R, back) and his family pose for a group photo at a press conference in Shanghai, east China, July 20, 2011. Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball here on Wednesday. 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. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

Yao Ming (R), his wife Ye Li, and their daughter Yao Qinlei pose for a group photo at a press conference in Shanghai, east China, July 20, 2011. Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball here on Wednesday. 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. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

Yao Ming holds his daughter Yao Qinlei at a press conference in Shanghai, east China, July 20, 2011. Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball here on Wednesday. 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. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

Yao Ming (R, back) and his family pose for a group photo at a press conference in Shanghai, east China, July 20, 2011. Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball here on Wednesday. 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. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

Yao Ming delivers a speech at a press conference in Shanghai, east China, July 20, 2011. Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball here on Wednesday. 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. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

Yao Ming's mother Fang Fengdi holds Yao Ming's daughter at a press conference in Shanghai, east China, July 20, 2011. Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball here on Wednesday. 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. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

Yao Ming enters the venue of a press conference in Shanghai, east China, July 20, 2011. Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball here on Wednesday. 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. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

SHANGHAI, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Yao Ming's press conference, in which the Houston Rockets center is expected to announce his retirement from basketball, started at 14:00 local time on Wednesday.

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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