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7/19/2011 SHANGHAI-- Yao Ming should make it official today, announcing what is widely expected to be his retirement from the NBA and a sport that made him a household name in China.

The 2.29m centre for the Houston Rockets played for eight seasons in the NBA, but has missed 250 regular-season games over the past six years. His career, including frequent appearances for the Chinese national team at Olympics and World Championships, has been punctuated by leg and foot injuries.
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