Yao's reported retirement arouses heated discussion

13:29, July 10, 2011      

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The 30-year-old Chinese NBA center Yao Ming, who was reported to make a decisicn of retirement on Saturday, had aroused a wide ranging discussion both at home and abroad.

News about Yao Ming had become one of the day's most popular topics on Chinese local internet, including major sports websites such as Sina, Sohu and Tencent.

A survey titled "How do you look at Yao's reported retirement" attracted more than 40 thousand netizens, 33.1 percent of which chose "sad, Yao should have achieved more" and 28.2 percent felt "calm, his career-ending decision was expected even earlier."

"In China, a huge part of fans started watching NBA games because of Yao,"a cellphone network user posted.

"Finally the day comes," said Ji Ling Hong, "When he boarded NBA, I was a middle school student. He retires, and I become old too."

"He created an NBA era, an era belonging to China," said Bo Shi Li Cai. "Thank you Yao Ming."

Yao's topic was not limited in China. The official website of Houston Chronicle was flushed by netizen's comments.

"Thanks big guy!" said Larrys, "Wishing you a long and happy life. May you enjoy your family and visit us in Houston."

"Yao Ming never won a NBA Championship nor did he ever even make it to the Finals but his career in Houston was very solid none the less. Personally I rate him as the third best center ever to play in Houston, behind Hakeem and Moses Malone," commented JonwK.

Source: Xinhua
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