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Yao's retirement could impact NBA

Updated: July 11, 2011, 12:03 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BEIJING -- Yao Ming's expected retirement could diminish the NBA's once-burgeoning popularity in China, with many fans saying they would no longer watch games.

"What's the point of watching NBA now?" asked an online user called Lubingxia on Sina Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like site.

An online poll on Weibo by Monday lunchtime showed that 57 percent of respondents would stop watching the NBA after Yao's retirement.

The 7-foot-6 center is expected to announce July 20 at a ...

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