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  1. Yao Ming walks away from NBA, makes retirement official

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming β€” the former No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Rockets who for several years was the best center in the game and who helped globalize the NBA by making it the most popular American sport in China β€” made his retirement official in a ceremony Wednesday in China. Ongoing foot problems β€”…

  2. Kobe speaks in China about Yao Ming’s impact

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    Yao Ming is expected to officially announce his retirement Wednesday at a press conference in China. (And good on the NBA league office for clearing Rocket officials to go to the event in spite of the lockout). As you read this, Kobe Bryant is in China, the latest of his annual trips to China to…

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