07/27/2010 02:42 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Yao Ming: I May Retire If Foot Doesn't Heal

Houston Rockets star Yao Ming says he might retire from basketball after next season if his foot doesn't completely heal.

"If the foot injury does not heal next season, I might choose to call it quits," Yao reportedly said.

According to ESPN, the 7-6 center told the Chinese state media that he most likely will not play in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Although the recovery has been going well, Yao said the foot injury "won't allow" him to play often.

Yao broke his foot during the 2009 Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He missed the rest of the playoffs and the entire 2010 season.