On Friday night 7′ 6” Chinese sensation retired from the game of basketball. I think it is coincidence that his all-time rival Shaq also retired in the same year. Like Shaq, Ming will leave a huge gap in the NBA for some other 7 foooter to fill. The worst thing a bout Yao’s retirement is that he was still young. If Yao hadn’t had so many foot problems he would be out there for at least ten more years. This is one of the positives of bigger guys they stilll have size and strength, but when a little guy like Allen Iverson gets older they don’t have the same speed they use to have.
When Yao got injured again this year we all new that he wouldn’t last much longer, but we didn’t think it would be this soon. Hopefully there will soon be another 7’6” giant that can finish what Yao started.
Our beloved Shaquille O’Neal has retired from the NBA and left us with this question, “who will rise to take his place ?” Many signs point to the up and coming future hall of famer Dwight Howard, but Superman doesn’t dominate like Shaq once did. Other people say 7’6″ Yao Ming can fill the void, unfortunately that doesn’t look like a possibility with his recent injuries. The only other would be the Lakers center Andrew Bynum with his raw talent and long arms might be able to replace the legend we have lost. Shaq could dominate like no other and the question in the basketball world is “Who can step and fill the space that the 7’2″ Shaq has left in the NBA and in basketball? ”