NBA hall-of-famer and Houston Rockets legend, Yao Ming will not be forgotten for his influence on the sport. The Chinese basketball player took the game global, with his impact on the NBA in China.
Yao was recently granted the honour of being inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, alongside Shaquille O’Neal and Iverson. He will forever be cemented in Rockets’ history, as Houston plans to retire his jersey.
Houston Rockets and owner Leslie Alexander announced that Ming’s no. 11 jersey will be retired come February 2, 2017.
“We’re having Yao’s jersey retirement on Feb. 2 during Chinese New Year,” Alexander said. “It will be the maximum audience we can have because of the Chinese New Year. It’s meant to for the organization and the growth of the NBA and games globally to celebrate him as great person, player and the fact that he’s in the Hall of Fame now.”
Yao’s No.11 will join Clyde Drexler’s No. 22, Calvin Murphy’s No. 23, Moses Malone’s 24, Hakeem Olajuwon’s 34, Rudy Tomjanovich’s 45, and “CD” jersey for former assistant coach and general manager Carroll Dawson.