Tianjin: Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant says it is "tough" to see Yao Ming retire and that the player deserves to be in the basketball Hall of Fame.
Durant told reporters on Tuesday while on a promotional tour in China that it has been an honor to play against the 7-foot-6 Houston Rockets center. Yao is expected to announce at a news conference on July 20 that he's retiring from the NBA after nine seasons because of leg and foot injuries.
"Tough, man, tough to see a great player and a great competitor like Yao Ming leave the game after being injured a few years," Durant said during a stop in the city of Tianjin, east of Beijing. "As a player, you come into the league, the first thing somebody asks you is what you want to do when you get here, and a lot of players say, 'I want to dunk over Yao Ming,' so you can tell how much impact he has in the game."