News of Yao Ming retiring from the NBA made waves on Friday as the Chinese All-Star's career was cut too short by devastating injuries. One source that isn't confirming the reports, however, is Yao's own agency.
John Huizinga, Yao's primary agent at BDA Sports Management, told Ken Berger of CBS Sports that he wouldn't address Yao's reported retirement, citing his client's privacy. Yao will apparently end his privacy soon, though, because BDA Sports announced today that Yao will have a news conference July 20 in Shanghai according to Berger.
It seems awfully strange that Yao would wait nearly two weeks before addressing the reports of his own retirement, especially considering how great he's been as a basketball ambassador to China. He's probably earned that right, however, and it's hard to blame him for anything since he's apparently already made up his mind.