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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:45 pm
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ko_xinga wrote:

He could still play on a different level. He could just play for his own team the Shanghai sharks and play in the olympics. It's not too much to ask to just play in the olympics once every 4 years.


It's also the principle, Yao's paid his dues to his country time and time again. He owes them little at this point. As many would speculate, it's because he's always committed to the NT so much that it's believed his career was cut short. I think it's to CNT and Chinese basketball's benefit that they stop relying on Yao and start working on developing future prospects and talents. The team gets way too complacent when Yao's playing with them.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:20 pm
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forget about Yao playing. his life is going to be about more than just playing basketball.

rehabbing for 3 years is plenty for anyone. at this point he probably doesn't even have confidence in the procedure. science can't fix everything his feet are ****** up.

at this point just hope he has a lot of kids and mentors a lot of ballplayers.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:33 pm
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Momak wrote:
ko_xinga wrote:

He could still play on a different level. He could just play for his own team the Shanghai sharks and play in the olympics. It's not too much to ask to just play in the olympics once every 4 years.


It's also the principle, Yao's paid his dues to his country time and time again. He owes them little at this point. As many would speculate, it's because he's always committed to the NT so much that it's believed his career was cut short. I think it's to CNT and Chinese basketball's benefit that they stop relying on Yao and start working on developing future prospects and talents. The team gets way too complacent when Yao's playing with them.


IT'S JUST WISHFUL THINKING on most fans' part that Big Yao will either play again for CBA or with the national team.

But in the Q&A session, and the one-on-one interview with Yu Jia after the press conference on Wednesday,
Big Yao had said it EXPLICITLY his player career is OVER, and he won't become a coach as well.

OTHERWISE those bastard officials in CBA won't be organizing a press conference/party for Big Yao in Beijing this coming Monday (July 25th) to recognize his contribution to the national team and Chinese basketball.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:54 am
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pryuen wrote:
Momak wrote:
ko_xinga wrote:

He could still play on a different level. He could just play for his own team the Shanghai sharks and play in the olympics. It's not too much to ask to just play in the olympics once every 4 years.


It's also the principle, Yao's paid his dues to his country time and time again. He owes them little at this point. As many would speculate, it's because he's always committed to the NT so much that it's believed his career was cut short. I think it's to CNT and Chinese basketball's benefit that they stop relying on Yao and start working on developing future prospects and talents. The team gets way too complacent when Yao's playing with them.


IT'S JUST WISHFUL THINKING on most fans' part that Big Yao will either play again for CBA or with the national team.

But in the Q&A session, and the one-on-one interview with Yu Jia after the press conference on Wednesday,
Big Yao had said it EXPLICITLY his player career is OVER, and he won't become a coach as well.

OTHERWISE those bastard officials in CBA won't be organizing a press conference/party for Big Yao in Beijing this coming Monday (July 25th) to recognize his contribution to the national team and Chinese basketball.


Why are you calling the officials in the CBA bastards?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:03 pm
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bayern wrote:
GoYao wrote:
But as a basketball fan, this REALLY SUX. Yao should man up and work his butt off and get back on the court! Prove he's no softie and contend for a ring. Shaq played till 39, so could Yao. 30 is way too early to retire! 30 is just getting into the prime for centers! Take another year off to rehab if needed! Yao owes it to all of his fans! Having enough money is no excuse to retire! The MJ's and Kobe's don't keep playing because they NEED the money, they play till they can't play no more to WIN!!!

Play to WIN Yao, be a man, don't be a sissy! Announce a come-back next month!!! In the end, there will be no regrets!!!


It's not like he doesn't want to continue his career, it's his bone won't allow him to do so. Picture yourself in a cast on a yearly basis and then tell me if that sucks.


The dude is 30 and I can't imagine his bones will NEVER heal...

I now think Yao retired to "save face" as he won't get a contract anyway and it's a total embarassment to be forced out of the NBA.

Let's hope Yao heals completely in a year or two, get back in bball shape, and returns to the NBA...!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:30 pm
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GoYao wrote:

The dude is 30 and I can't imagine his bones will NEVER heal...

I now think Yao retired to "save face" as he won't get a contract anyway and it's a total embarassment to be forced out of the NBA.

Let's hope Yao heals completely in a year or two, get back in bball shape, and returns to the NBA...!


NAAAAAAAAAH.....IT'S NOT ABOUT SAVING FACE. :twisted:

IT'S ABOUT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY about himself and his beloved ones.


He told Yi Jianlian it's BETTER to start EARLY his next phase in his life THAN LATER, when they met days before his July 20th retirement press conference.

He said he reckoned his playing career might be over
AS FAR BACK AS the injury in 2009. Despite all objections from his parents and wife, he nevertheless took the foot realignment surgery there and then, hoping that he could have a successful comeback.

But after a full year of you-can't-image-how-tough recuperation/rehabilitation, he fractured his foot again despite playing only less than 20 minutes in only 5 games.


He just thought it should be the time to call it a day, despite his love for the game, cos he does not want to end his life sitting in a wheelchair; he still wants to be able to walk as a normal person when he is 40 to 50 years old. He still wants to be able to play some basketball with his children as they grow up.

YEAH.....it SUX that he has to end his playing career SO SOON. But as his fans, we should respect his choice.


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