Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant says it is tough to see Yao Ming retire and that the player deserves to be in the basketball Hall of Fame.
Durant told reporters Tuesday while on a promotional tour in China that it has been an honor to play against the 7-foot-6 Houston Rockets center.
Yao is expected to announce at a news conference on July 20 that he's retiring from the NBA after nine seasons because of leg and foot injuries.
Durant says that Yao plays "phenomenally well" despite his injuries.
Asked if he thought Yao should have a place in the basketball Hall of Fame, Durant said Yao deserves the honor because he has done a lot for basketball.