|Hello everyone, leaders, guests, and friends from news media, good afternoon, and thanks for coming.
|Today is an important day for me. For myself, my basketball career and the personal growth in the future, it has a particular meaning.
|At the end of last year I broke my left foot for a third time. I had to leave the basketball court, and spent the last half of the year waiting, just as many of those who care about me. During that period, I struggled a lot in my heart and thought a lot. Now I am going to announce a personal decision: I am going to end my career as a basketball player and officially retire.
|Looking back on the past and right into the future, I am deeply grateful.
|First I'd like to thank basketball. This great sport has brought joys to so many people, including me. I had my first basketball when I was four. I entered the Sports School of Xuhui District of Shanghai when I was nine and entered the Shanghai Basketball Youth Team at 14. At 16, I began playing for Shanghai Basketball Team, wearing my father's number.
|I inherited my family's tradition by playing basketball. I feel so proud every time I look into the eyes of my parents, who are proud of me.
|I feel very honored to have the opportunity to win the CBA title in 2002 with Shanghai Shark teammates, which has linked us all to this city behind.
|Basketball also led me on a greater stage when I entered NBA that year. I could play with all I had.
|What's more, I feel thankful that I had the opportunity to fight together with the national team for 10 years, which is many young players' dream, and through which I got to know and married my beloved woman, and made a happy family and obtained the happiness of my life.
|All of these are brought by my love, basketball. I want to thank basketball.