The Houston Rockets will retire Yao Ming's old number

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After being enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this month alongside the likes of Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson, Yao Ming will now be honoured by the Houston Rockets, too.

The Chinese center spent all of his nine years in the NBA at the Toyota Center and helped dramatically raise the profile of the franchise during his time there.

After injury problems forced the 7'6" pivot to retire back in 2011, he is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

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"We're having Yao's jersey retirement on Feb. 2 during Chinese New Year," Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said. "It will be the maximum audience we can have because of the Chinese New Year.

"It's meant to for the organisation 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."

The Rockets are an organisation that aren't afraid to pay tribute to its legends and have previously retired the numbers of Calvin Murphy (23), Rudy Tomjanovich (45), Clyde Drexler (22), Hakeem Olajuwon (34) and Moses Malone (24) as well as having a banner with the initial C.D. in honor of former assistant coach and general manager Carroll Dawson hanging in their arena.

There's no doubt that the Rockets see this as a prime opportunity to promote their brand, but Ming deserves the recognition all the same.

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