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Yao Ming Comes Back

Pity poor Yao Ming. Yes, he's made millions, but he's paid the price. The 7-5 center tried to honor his obligations to both team and country, and his 300-plus pound frame just isn't built for the rigors of a neverending season. His foot injuries have been frequent and severe, and he's talked about hanging the hightops up for good. But an extended lockout will give him more time to rest and heal, and perhaps this time it'll take. It would be nice if one good thing came out of this mess.

UPDATE: According to Yahoo! Sports, Yao has in fact retired. So much for silver linings.