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pachador
06-30-2009, 03:40 AM
Sad news He is such a well-mannered likeable giant. Its hard not to like him .

Rockets could lose Yao for season, if not longer

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports June 29,2009


As the NBA draft approached, the grim truth about Yao Ming’s(notes) broken left foot hung like an anvil over the Houston Rockets. The fear isn’t that he’s just lost for next season, but longer.

The Rockets and Yao’s reps are frightened over his future, and the concern is the most base of all: Does Yao Ming ever play again?

“The realization has hit them that this is grave,” one NBA general manager said.

For now, the Rockets have privately told league peers it could be a full season before Yao might be able to return to basketball. Multiple league executives, officials close to Yao and two doctors with knowledge of the diagnoses are describing a troubling re-fracture of his navicular bone. Three pins were inserted a year ago, but the foot cracked in the playoffs and isn’t healing.

“It sounds like he’s missing most of next season, if not the entire 82 games,” one league executive who has had recent discussions with the Houston front office told Yahoo! Sports. “That’s all that [the Rockets] will concede quietly, but they know it’s probably much worse.”

Houston general manager Daryl Morey refused comment on Monday and a team spokesman said the Rockets will not have further comment until Yao undergoes additional medical tests.

There’s no reason for the Rockets to disclose the severity of the injury, nor the uncertainty over Yao’s future. Before the Rockets go public with a dire diagnosis, they plan to send him to three more specialists this week, a source said. For now, the Rockets have season tickets and sponsorships to sell. For now, the Rockets will publicly decry these doomsday revelations as premature, but this is the reality that they’re working under within the organization.

This has turned into an impossible situation for the Rockets’ capable GM. Even if Yao plays again, Morey knows it’s just a matter of time until his lower body breaks down. His feet and ankles just can’t support the mobility of his 7-foot-6 frame.

With four surgeries in three years, the Rockets worried they were reaching a breaking point. Well, it’s here. After missing 86 games in the previous three seasons, the 28-year-old Yao missed a mere five this past regular season before injuring his foot during the Rockets’ second-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

It wasn’t until last week when Houston issued a statement saying Yao’s fractured foot hadn’t healed properly, that he would be unavailable “indefinitely.” Prior to Thursday’s draft, Morey tried desperately to trade into the high lottery to take Spanish prodigy Ricky Rubio(notes). Houston needed a young star, but had too few assets to make a deal with Memphis or Sacramento. It seemed odd to teams that Houston had thrown Shane Battier(notes) and Aaron Brooks(notes) into offers within weeks of pushing the NBA champion Lakers to seven games in the Western Conference semifinals.

Now, the Rockets have tough decisions to make: Do they keep pushing Tracy McGrady(notes) and his expiring contract on the market or let the $22 million expire next summer? So far, Morey is getting offered bad contracts and junk talent for him. What’s more, does Houston re-sign Ron Artest(notes) to a $40 million-plus contract when contention is no longer viable? Why not create cap space for the summers of 2010 and 2011? Why not get younger now? Yao could opt out of his contract next summer, but odds are that Houston won’t be so fortunate.

The Rockets should do themselves a favor and just start over. That isn’t easy in a sophisticated and rabid NBA market like Houston, but what everyone long suspected has reached fruition: Yao and McGrady are no longer a faulty foundation, but a collapsed one. Houston needs to proceed with an understanding that they’re no longer chasing the Lakers, but beginning again.

Rest assured, Houston has long been fearful that Yao’s responsibilities to the Chinese national team were rapidly contributing to his breakdown, and perhaps they’ve finally been met. Yao wouldn’t have missed the Beijing Olympics for the world, but it was clear he wasn’t fully healed in those Games. The Rockets paid a price for his nationalism, his obligation and now the darkest fears are close to confirmation: It isn’t just a season on the brink for Yao Ming, but perhaps a career.

yungha
07-01-2009, 11:38 AM
heads will roll at the CBA if yao's career ends prematurely. they've been told time and again that they're running yao to the ground by making him play continuously for the national team in the nba offseason. he's been playing practically nonstop since his debut in the 17-and-under youth team in the late 90s.

this could be a demoralizing blow to their program. yao has been like a government project, a kid whose growth and development has been monitored since pre-school, given the best training, best coaching, access to the best facilities. now, possibly, all that time, effort and resource invested in yao might go to waste if his career ends 10 yrs prematurely. of course china will still dominate asian basketball but the 7-5 giant was their flagship player.

i would have wanted the philippines to win the bid for the 2011 fiba-asia qualifying tourney so i could watch yao. hope that's still possible.

amdgc82
07-01-2009, 12:06 PM
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-world/china-official-doubts-seriousness-of-yao-ming-injury-20090630-d3ne.html
China official doubts seriousness of Yao Ming injury
June 30, 2009 - 7:59PM

A senior Chinese sports official expressed disbelief following a report that basketball icon Yao Ming may not play next season and could be facing a career-ending injury.

Chinese fans also largely voiced skepticism over the 2.26-metre (seven-foot-six-inch) centre's repeated injuries, speculating it could be a ploy to lower the price of his contract, which is soon up for renewal.

Yao's camp had earlier given a pessimistic read-out on the slow recovery of his broken foot to the Chinese Basketball Association, the sports website of major Chinese portal Sina.com said, citing CBA vice head Hu Jiashi.

"But they did not say that he would miss the coming NBA season, nor did they say he would miss the (2010) World Championships," Hu was quoted as saying.

"I believe his injury has not progressed to such a stage."

On Monday, Houston Rockets team doctor Tom Clanton told the Houston Chronicle that Yao's left foot, which was broken in a May post-season game against the Los Angeles Lakers, could be a "career-threatening" injury.

"At this point, the injury has the potential for him missing this next season and could be career-threatening," Clanton told the Chronicle.

"One of the things we are trying to get is a consensus opinion on that, to make certain there is no option we are overlooking that would provide an earlier return or would be an option for treatment that he would prefer rather than doing additional surgery."

Yao has already been given approval to miss this summer's Asian Basketball Championships in the east Chinese city of Tianjin, but the CBA hopes the centre will be able to play for the national team at next year's World Championships in Turkey.

Postings by fans on the Sina.com website expressed suspicions that the Rockets were trying to drive Yao's value down, as he is in the last year of his contract and could eventually sign with another team.

"The Rockets don't want Yao to leave, so they hope to sign him early, this is the way to bring his price down," a Sina.com posting said.

"As soon as Yao Ming signs, his doctor will immediately say he can play again, 182 games will be no problem."

amdgc82
07-01-2009, 12:08 PM
http://english.sina.com/sports/2009/0630/252343.html
Agent: Retirement for Yao? Not so fast
2009-07-01 03:23:44 GMT2009-07-01 11:23:44 (Beijing Time) SINA.com

Reports that a severe foot injury will end NBA all-star center Yao Ming's career have been quickly dismissed by his agent.

"I heard some reports say Yao's career might be over due to the worsening injury," said Zhang Mingji, who goes by the name of Eric Zhang in the United States. "I don't think it's the right time to say that.

"I can assure you the (Houston) Rockets have never come to a conclusion concerning Yao's career."

Zhang, however, did admit that the previous treatment on the superstar's broken left foot did not work as hoped.

"Obviously, the treatment on Yao's injury was not effective. The team is considering adopting new treatments. But it's yet to be determined."

The China Basketball Administrative Center said it's been informed of the news but a chief official assumed it would not rule Yao out of the World Championships next year.

"We have got the news from Team Yao that his injury is not recovering well," said Hu Jiashi, deputy director of the sport's governing body. "But they did not say if Yao will miss the NBA season, not to mention the possibility of missing the World Championships next year."

On Monday, Houston Rockets team physician Tom Clanton told the Houston Chronicle that the Chinese superstar's broken left foot could cause the popular sports figure to miss all of next season and could be a "career-threatening" injury. Clanton pointed out that the injury in Yao's left foot has worsened.

"One of the things we are trying to get is a consensus opinion on that, to make certain there is no option we are overlooking at that would provide an earlier return or would be an option for treatment that (Yao) would prefer rather than doing additional surgery," Clanton said.

Yahoo! Sports first reported that the Rockets as well as Yao's representatives were concerned that the 7-foot-6 giant would never play again. Yahoo! Sports quoted "multiple league executives, officials close to Yao and two doctors with knowledge of the diagnoses".

The hairline fracture was discovered following the Rockets' May 8 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals. The original treatment plan called for Yao to cease all physical training and to wear a walking boot to immobilize the foot.

Lingering injury

Less than two weeks ago, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said the team was committed to building around Yao.

"Yao is the cornerstone of our franchise now and in the future," Morey said before the latest test results.

Yao played in 77 regular-season games in 2008-09, his most injury-free year since 2004-05, when he played in 80. Before last season, Yao missed portions of the previous three seasons with leg and foot injuries.

He missed 21 games in 2005-06 after surgery to heal an infection to his left big toe, but then broke a bone in his left foot with four games left in the regular season.

In 2006-07, Yao missed 32 games after breaking his right leg and suffered a stress fracture in his left foot in 2007-08. He then underwent surgery and sat out 26 games.

Yao recovered from that foot injury to represent China in the Beijing Games. He made it through the Rockets' season and the first round of the playoffs before breaking his left foot late in the Rockets' 108-94 loss to the Lakers in Game 3 of the second round at the Toyota Center.

Two days after the playoff loss, Yao said he didn't believe the injury was as serious as any of his previous ones. The Rockets said he would miss only 8-12 weeks.

(Agencies)

pio_valenz
07-01-2009, 04:37 PM
heads will roll at the CBA if yao's career ends prematurely. they've been told time and again that they're running yao to the ground by making him play continuously for the national team in the nba offseason. he's been playing practically nonstop since his debut in the 17-and-under youth team in the late 90s.

this could be a demoralizing blow to their program. yao has been like a government project, a kid whose growth and development has been monitored since pre-school, given the best training, best coaching, access to the best facilities. now, possibly, all that time, effort and resource invested in yao might go to waste if his career ends 10 yrs prematurely. of course china will still dominate asian basketball but the 7-5 giant was their flagship player.

i would have wanted the philippines to win the bid for the 2011 fiba-asia qualifying tourney so i could watch yao. hope that's still possible.
Even if Yao wasn't injured I doubt that he'd be in China's lineup for next year's World Championships, let alone 2011. I read somewhere, before the injury, that Yao had decided to end his participation in China's national team precisely so he could get enough rest in the offseason. How ironic that his latest injury came just before his first summer of being free of national team commitments.

arjay_g
07-01-2009, 08:55 PM
^ this is just too bad both for Yao and the Rockets. Obviously Yao is a great talent and for his career to be cut short would be tragic.

For the Rockets, their dreams of an NBA championship took a turn for the worse. From a position wherein they're just "chasing the Lakers" they might have to start thinking of rebuilding if Yao's career ends.

It also seems to me that the Rockets had this feeling about Yao's injury early on. I read somewhere that they tried dealing Shane Battier and Aaron Brooks to get up on the recently concluded draft. They obviously wouldn't have done that if they knew Yao was coming back since many strongly believe that if not for Yao's injury, they could have gotten past the Lakers.

Joescoundrel
07-01-2009, 09:33 PM
That truly sucks. As usual the Commies have ruined another one of their lab experiments.

cobaltinee
10-04-2009, 05:10 PM
Yao Ming is busy now operating his previous injury. I hope he will play together with Tracy Mcgrady or T-Mac. :)

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Outlander
10-07-2010, 01:21 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-rockets-yao

Yao plays 12 minutes in Rockets return

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer Oct 5, 11:14 pm EDT

HIDALGO, Texas (AP)—Yao Ming(notes) has played just 12 minutes for the Houston Rockets in his first game since undergoing surgery on his left foot in July 2009.

Yao played eight minutes in the first quarter and four in the second Tuesday before sitting out for good in Houston’s 97-88 preseason loss to the Orlando Magic. He had three rebounds, one assist, hit three free throws and attempted just one shot.

Dwight Howard(notes) had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Vince Carter(notes) added 14 points for Orlando. Howard had no problem dealing with the 7-foot-6 (2.29-meter) Yao in the scant minutes they faced each other and scored 10 points when the two covered each other.

Yao played about half of the 24 minutes the Rockets have said they will limit him to this season. They will consult with doctors as the season progresses to see if he might be able to handle more. Houston is eager to have him back in any capacity after going 42-40 and missing the playoffs.

The 30-year-old seven-time All-Star has averaged more than 19 points and nine rebounds since he was drafted first overall in 2002. He jogged onto the court a couple of minutes after his teammates to some of the loudest applause of the night as fans stood up and snapped pictures while shouting his name.

Houston was led by Kevin Martin’s(notes) 14 points, while Courtney Lee(notes) added 12 and Aaron Brooks(notes) 11.

This was a unique setting for an NBA game in a town of just over 7,400 directly across the Rio Grande from the Mexican city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

Houston’s Argentinian forward Luis Scola(notes) delivered a welcome message to the fans in Spanish before mariachis performed the national anthem.

Outlander
12-18-2010, 10:59 AM
Yao out the rest of the season

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will miss the rest of the season because of the stress fracture in his left ankle.

The Rockets announced the decision Friday, a day after the injury was found in an MRI exam. Team physician Walter Lowe said surgery is the usual treatment for such an injury, which has sidelined Yao since Nov. 10.

The 30-year-old Yao is still consulting with doctors to determine how he will proceed. If he chooses surgery, it could be up to 10 months before he can return to the court.

The seven-time All-Star sat out last season after reconstructive surgery to repair his broken left foot. Lowe said this injury is related to last year's injury. He said the reconstructive surgery on his foot does not put him at a greater risk of stress fractures, but that Yao has always been prone to them.

Yao's reconstructive surgery was to make the foot flatter and help distribute the stresses.

"When you look at the course of Yao's career, stress fractures have been part of his foot,'' Lowe said. "So to say he's not at a risk to continue to have stress fractures would be crazy. So he is at a continued risk. The new position of his foot should ... make those stresses lower.''

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said he is hopeful that Yao will recover and play for the team in the future, despite the latest setback.

"We need to continue to talk to the doctors and see where that goes,'' Morey said. "Yao Ming's an All-Star center and when you look throughout the league there's not very many of them. So if it looks like there's a good prognosis here - and we're still learning how good that prognosis will be - for sure we're going to look at Yao Ming past this season.''

Lowe is also optimistic that Yao can play again.

"Is this something that I would say: 'Hey, you've got no chance of ever playing again'? No, absolutely not,'' Lowe said.

Yao was not made available to the media on Friday, but Morey said he's taking the news hard.

"How much he's been off the court, and how much he cares about his teammates and the fans and the Rockets, probably is really tough for him,'' Morey said.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/nba/12/17/yao.ming.out.for.season.ap/index.html#ixzz18QcsC74X

Outlander
07-09-2011, 08:14 AM
Sources: Rockets’ Yao set to retire

By Adrian Wojnarowski

Yao Ming(notes), one of the seminal figures in the globalization of the NBA, has decided to retire after nine injury-plagued seasons with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Yao played just five games last season, and hasn’t been able to fully recover after having surgery in January to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. The veteran center informed the Rockets, the league office in New York and NBA China of his decision to leave the game within the past 48 hours, sources said.

Yao was set to become a free agent once the league’s lockout ends. He was once poised to become the league’s dominant big man, but lower-body injuries repeatedly sidelined him over the course of his career. He missed at least 25 games in five of the past six seasons.

Yao, who was the top overall pick of the 2002 NBA draft, finishes his career with per-game averages of 19.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots.

Yao had hoped the surgery would allow him to return for the 2011-12 season – and said he’d like to return to the Rockets. But he also conceded that he may have already played his final game.

Read more here- http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=As0uya7hHZywHX3ZfP8glTA5nYcB?slug=aw-wojnarowski_yao_ming_retiring_070811

a_ron
07-09-2011, 01:48 PM
Sayang, if he is just healthy the Rockets could be a strong contender this year. They can challenge the Mavericks for the western conf. title.