This really sucks.
Yao's a great guy and he doesn't deserve to have his career go down like this. His Game 1 heroics in the WCSF was one of the best moments of the entire 2009 playoffs. If he could have given them maybe another game or two, they probably would have taken that series. This playoffs, I really came to love this Houston team and I looked forward to seeing what they could do next year barring injuries. I really hope this may be only speculation and possibly someone jumping the gun a bit, but it looks like all the constant pounding he takes every season, combined with playing for China every summer finally took it's toll on him.