here's a different take on this:
since during the lockout, players can't talk to coachs, team doctos, use the practice facilities, etc etc. so he's "retiring",so that he can rehab with his team doctors, talk to his coaches, work out at the team facility, and then just un-retire. maybe more players will do the same?
on the brightside yao will still lead next season in all-star votes :cookie: