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Yao Ming Retires From NBA After Leg Injuries Cut Short Career

Yao Ming, the Houston Rockets’ All-Star center and a national icon in China, retired from the National Basketball Association today after foot and ankle fractures limited him to five games the past two seasons.

The 7-foot-6-inch Yao, the No. 1 pick in the 2002 NBA draft, told a news conference in Shanghai he had considered retirement since fracturing his left ankle during the last game he played in November against the Washington Wizards. It was at least the fifth fracture in his legs and feet since 2006, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper.