Jeff Van Gundy: Yao Ming 'Is A Hall Of Famer'

The debate over Yao Ming's NBA legacy will be ongoing for a long time. One person who already has their mind made up over whether or not Yao's career is worthy of enshrinement in the Hall of Fame is his former coach, Jeff Van Gundy.

Van Gundy told the Houston Chronicle that he thinks Yao belongs in the Hall of Fame without a doubt.

"No. 1 to me, he’s a Hall of Famer," Van Gundy said. "I don’t care if you put him in as player, as a contributor or put him in with his own heading. This guy definitely gets in for the greatness as a player when healthy or what he did as ambassador."

He then added a thought he would repeat often.

"People forget," Van Gundy said, "just how good he was."

The one thing that will always be held against Yao was his durability. He missed 250 games in his last six seasons and played just five games in his last two seasons. Still, the debate will rage on until we find out for sure.

For more on Yao's retirement, visit The Dream Shake and SB Nation Houston.

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