July 20, 2011 / 6:10 AM / 8 years ago

NBA-China'a Yao Ming retires from basketball

SHANGHAI, July 20 (Reuters) - Yao Ming, who ignited China’s interest in the NBA and became one of Asia’s best-known athletes, announced his retirement from basketball on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old had been widely expected to retire after he told the Houston Rockets he would not be returning next season after two years blighted by injuries. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford; To comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com) Please double click on the newslink: for more NBA stories

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