Yao Ming

This Day in Sports History: June 26

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day
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This Day in Sports History: June 26

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.


With that in mind, June 26 is a day in which the three players who comprised one NBA team's championship run were drafted and an active NFL player was arrested for murder.


Yao Ming Retires from the NBA

Yahoo Sports reports that the Rockets' Chinese Big Man is calling it quits.
<p> Yahoo Sports reports that the Chinese Big Man is calling it quits.</p>
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Yao Ming is quitting basketball. The eight-time All-Star who averaged 19 points and 9.2 rebounds per game was an enigma when it came to the NBA game. Now multiple stress fractures in his feet have forced him to hang up his sneakers instead of attempting yet another comeback.

Yao Ming Retires, And A Generation Now Understands Bill Walton

Why Yao, China's favorite son, should follow Walton, the world's tallest Deadhead, to the Hall of Fame
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Skilled, potentially dominant big men are very difficult to find in basketball these days. Dwight Howard’s had years to develop something resembling an offensive repertoire, learning from one of the last talented inside scorers, Patrick Ewing. Shaquille O’Neal’s sheer physicality made up for any lack of moves, as defending him was much like posting up a CSX freight train.