Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has stated that former All-Star Yao Ming will get his #11 jersey retired soon.
Yao was drafted 1st overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Rockets. He played for 8 seasons and missed the entire 09-10 season. He was an All-Star in each of the 8 seasons he played. His career averages are 19 points on 52% shooting, 9 rebounds, 1 assists and 2 blocks in 32 minutes a game. He played in 476 of the possible 738 games over the 9 years he was in the NBA.
Yao Ming was supposed to be the next big thing. In a way he was. He brought the NBA popularity with the Asian community. He gave the Rockets what they missed dearly since the departure of Hakeem Olajuwon. But he didn’t entirely live up to expectations. He retired at just 30 years old. Injuries plagued his career until he had to finally make the decision to hang up his sneakers.
For his efforts on and off the court he will most likely be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day. Yao is still beloved in Houston and around the league. Yao has helped guide Jeremy Lin’s career and they continue to be friends.
No word yet on when exactly the Rockets will hang his jersey in the rafters.