China's largest sports star, basketball Yao Ming, the legend, has returned to university after month, he announced his retirement from the game.

"The teacher showed me some mercy and let me do any work," said Mr. Yao told reporters after his first day at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

On July 6 feet (2.3m) former Houston Rockets player is to get a customized program in economics.

He retired in July after being plagued by foot injuries most of the year.

At that time, he said he would end up with China's Shanghai Sharks team, possibly in the role of CEO.

But in the end on Monday, 31, has had a detailed briefing on the first day back at school.

"I have not been in school for over 10 years, so it's a little 'difficult at first. I need time to adapt to school life," China Daily quoted him as saying.

Mr. Yao is NBA's most famous player in Asia, but injuries forced him to miss the 2009-2010 season.

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