Yao Ming retires
Old 07-08-2011, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
is the baby faced assassin

Senior Member
 
jeffb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: YO MAMMA
Posts: 80,258
Representing:
Rockets Yao Ming retires

Quote:
WojYahooNBA Adrian Wojnarowski
Rockets' Yao Ming has decided to retire from the NBA, league sources tell Y! Sports. He informed the league office within past 48 hours.
17 minutes ago
Quote:
WojYahooNBA Adrian Wojnarowski
Yao hasn't been able to recover fully from numerous operations. He is one of the seminal figures in globalization of the NBA and basketball.
13 minutes ago
Twitter


Last edited by jeffb; 07-08-2011 at 01:43 PM.
jeffb is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 01:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
fist pumping.

Member
 
KollegeKid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 168
Representing:
Default

Paying tribute to the Great Wall of Yao:

KollegeKid is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 01:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
baking the cookies of discontent.

Corner 3
 
finstock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,140
Representing:
Default

Haven't felt this sad about a retirement since Mutombo, but at least Dik had a lengthy career. Too bad.
finstock is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 01:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
...

Resident Mavs Fan
 
10gizzle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,233
Representing:
Default

Sad, but the guy left a solid imprint on the game.

When healthy he was the best C in the league...

I really hope he stays close to the game.
10gizzle is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 02:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
is not changing this sig until we win a playoff series

everyones a critic
 
th3answ3r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,445
Representing:
Default

wtf. There are many players out there who would play on the brink of death to get a ring. His life though, i recall other people telling him to play ball cuz he was tall.
th3answ3r is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 03:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
#NorthernUprising

6 Man Like Lou Will
 
js12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: T.O.
Posts: 5,644
Representing:
Default

That honestly sucks. Yao was arguably better than Howard for best center in the league when he was healthy. I think he's only 30. So much wasted potential.
js12 is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 03:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
...

Senior Member
 
powerfulpanda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,487
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by th3answ3r View Post
wtf. There are many players out there who would play on the brink of death to get a ring. His life though, i recall other people telling him to play ball cuz he was tall.
dude...you have a chinese flag, so its a fair assumption ur chinese?
don't u know they force people to play? i remember during the beijing olympics they were talking about this. they would go out and take children and judge them on potential. iunno the process but maybe like, "oh, this kid is tall - basketball" "this ones fast - track and field".
but ya, and then they take them to "sports schools" and thats all they do 24/7
i remember reading an article interviewing a chinese gymnast and he said he's seen his family a total of 3 times since they took him away when he was 8

also both of yao's parents were tall and played for the chinese men/women national teams. so it wouldn't be a reach to suspect the government had some sort of say in that pairing...
powerfulpanda is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 03:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
Landing flight 31

Senior Member
 
0nekhmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Brampton Ontario
Posts: 3,294
Representing:
Default

one of the best C's to ever play the game .. if only he could have avoided those injuries.
0nekhmer is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 04:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
Bang Bang Bang, Skeet Skeet Skeet, She do that thing for 3 retweets...

Blunted Member
 
Dutches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Here
Posts: 1,001
Representing:
Default

as soon as he started hinting at this last year i was sad...

probably one of the best inside games of any player ever. I agree about him being the best center in the league when healthy too. Its really sad... o well... Time to look for discount YAO jerseys online! lol

good luck to Yao

EDIT: ps. yo jeff thanks for that vid. that dunk on Oden was DISGUSTING!!!

Last edited by Dutches; 07-08-2011 at 04:24 PM.
Dutches is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 04:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
Captain of the Jamario Moon fan club.

Born Unready
 
Dark Knight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Electric Avenue
Posts: 15,612
Representing:
Default

Very sad to see. Yao wasn't your average 7+ foot center. Dude actually had skill.

Dark Knight is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 04:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
...

Senior Member
 
powerfulpanda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,487
Representing:
Default

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
powerfulpanda is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 06:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
streets ahead.

Senior Member
 
SomeDPlease's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,780
Representing:
Default

Hall of Fame or no?
SomeDPlease is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 06:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
Bang Bang Bang, Skeet Skeet Skeet, She do that thing for 3 retweets...

Blunted Member
 
Dutches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Here
Posts: 1,001
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by powerfulpanda View Post
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?
this would be interesting. it would be awesome if it were true
Dutches is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 06:34 PM   #14 (permalink)
is dead inside

you ain't bout that life
 
Gurk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 22,085
Representing:
Default

Wow this sucks. He was a really good player. He shall be missed
Gurk is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 06:44 PM   #15 (permalink)
is not changing this sig until we win a playoff series

everyones a critic
 
th3answ3r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,445
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by powerfulpanda View Post
dude...you have a chinese flag, so its a fair assumption ur chinese?
don't u know they force people to play? i remember during the beijing olympics they were talking about this. they would go out and take children and judge them on potential. iunno the process but maybe like, "oh, this kid is tall - basketball" "this ones fast - track and field".
but ya, and then they take them to "sports schools" and thats all they do 24/7
i remember reading an article interviewing a chinese gymnast and he said he's seen his family a total of 3 times since they took him away when he was 8

also both of yao's parents were tall and played for the chinese men/women national teams. so it wouldn't be a reach to suspect the government had some sort of say in that pairing...

Yeah I k about that but wasn't sure about Yao except that he started at 16? Don't quote me on this, it could be another player I'm thinkin of. He has the $ and it's his life, but if I were him, I'd hoop until I get the ring.
th3answ3r is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 06:48 PM   #16 (permalink)
is not changing this sig until we win a playoff series

everyones a critic
 
th3answ3r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,445
Representing:
Default

Tech foul on play 4 was bs. Players do that all the time
th3answ3r is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 07:40 PM   #17 (permalink)
censored

Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 5,772
Representing:
Default

yao seemed like a well grounded guy, but that aside, it's possible that he was the single greatest overrated player in the 21st century thus far.
dfunkie1 is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 07:57 PM   #18 (permalink)
landry fields forever

Administrator

 
Acie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Living in a van down by the river
Posts: 22,043
Representing:
Default

I agree and in fact I got in an argument here one time about this. Yao lacked the stamina and aggression to elevate his game to elite status.
Acie is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 08:40 PM   #19 (permalink)
The Professional Scorer

Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 4,577
Representing:
Default

I wish Yao coulda come back and dominate again =o(. When Shaq retired I wasn't sad but when Yao did I went sighh...
JDMtors is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 09:27 PM   #20 (permalink)
up there

][__ . //-\\ .
 
ClutchCity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Brampton, Ontario
Posts: 2,990
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by th3answ3r View Post
Yeah I k about that but wasn't sure about Yao except that he started at 16? Don't quote me on this, it could be another player I'm thinkin of. He has the $ and it's his life, but if I were him, I'd hoop until I get the ring.
Dude, at some point the issue becomes greater than basketball and its his LIFE like you mentioned. For all we know he was a couple injuries away from being crippled for the rest of his life. Is that really worth a ring? Maybe it is to Kobe Bryant but otherwise it's probably not. It's not like this is his first major injury, dude has been consistently injured throughout his entire career and the last time he returned he played limited minutes only to be out the remainder of the season with yet another foot/leg injury. We as fans take things for granted such as the amount of hard work these athletes put in. I'm sure if he could have it his way he would have loved to continue his career in pursuit of a ring but maybe he received sound advice that it would be best for him to retire to prevent the risk of another serious injury. He gave it a shot, a few shots actually, but at point you have to look at the big picture and realize these issues are more important than basketball because after all, it's just a game.
ClutchCity is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright RaptorsForum.com 2005-2011

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24