Yao Ming Retires

Stephen Douglas

It seems like just yesterday when Yao looked like the big man that would help Houston return to the NBA Finals. In his first season, the Rockets went from 28 wins to 47-wins and contended for a first-round playoff exit most of the years he played in Houston.

In the end, Yao will be remembered as an immensely popular (A lock to be voted starting center for the West thanks to overseas ballots), oft-injured, gentle giant.