Yao Ming, who is serving as Houston Rockets center, will retire because the towering player has been plagued by leg and foot injuries in the latter part of his career, the NBA announced on its official website, Friday.

The worldwide basketball fans are shocked and sad by this news. Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based consultancy SportsCorp, also said that Yao's worldwide influence on the league won't likely be replaced by another player.

Let's look back at the top 10 brilliant moments of Yao Ming inside and outside the basketball court.