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Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 29, 2009 3:04 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2009 5:30 pm
It was odd to hear that the Rockets were aggressively trying to acquire a high first-round pick in last week's NBA draft, offering such core names as Aaron Brooks, Shane Battier, and Carl Landry.

Now we know why.

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Rockets are gravely concerned that their franchise center, Yao Ming, could miss all of the 2009-10 season because his fractured left foot isn't healing properly. The situation is so serious, according to the report, that Houston officials are privately wondering if Yao will ever play again.

This would be a devastating blow to Yao, who faced the prospect of joining the elite free agent class of 2010 by declining a player option after next season. It is even more of a blow to the Rockets, who had the eventual champion Lakers on the ropes in the conference semifinals until Yao broke his foot and missed the rest of the series.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey didn't return a call seeking comment on the report. The team is preparing to have Yao examined by three foot specialists before commenting further on his status.

UPDATE: Tom Clanton, the Rockets' team physician, confirmed the severity of Yao's injury and told the Houston Chronicle it "could be career threatening." Not only has the fracture not healed, it has gotten worse, Clanton said -- extending across the bone. 

Yao's future affects every major decision the Houston front office is faced with this summer, starting with its intention to re-sign forward Ron Artest and trade former All-Star Tracy McGrady. Artest has long been expected to re-sign with Houston, even if it meant taking less money than he could get on the open market. But Artest may be less inclined to return to Houston if Yao's future is in question, and the Rockets may be less likely to invest $8-$10 million a year in a complementary player with the knowledge that Yao's injury changes everything.

Yao's lower body has broken down numerous times under the crushing weight of his 7-foot-6 frame. He missed 21 games in 2005-06 because of an infection in his left big toe and broken bone in his left foot. He broke his right leg in 2006-07, costing him 32 games, then missed the 2008 playoffs with a stress fracture in his left foot. He missed only five regular season games last season before injuring his left foot again in Game 3 of the Lakers series.

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Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 11:18 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)


If Stern is really passing out I wish he would actually broke his own foot as well as every other bone in his body.

What a career we've just witnessed being wasted!

The poor giant has been surrounded by traitors his whole life - the Chinese government, Rockets ownership, David the Fraud Stern.

As many noted here already he was badly overworked but the underlying reason for that was that he was the most poorly officiated sportsman in the history of the sports. He was constantly abused by the opponents and officials alike. That's why he had to play for so many minutes. That's why he has finally fallen. If he was treated better by Stern and his jackals in stripes he would only probably need to play for 25mpg to dominate. And he would be still healthy today.


Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 10:35 pm
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Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2009 10:28 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

Wow, Yao, wow. To hear this is bad for Houston, bad for the NBA, and bad for China.  No question Yao was one of the top big men, it was good for the game to see him play.  I hope for his sake and that of Houston that he's able to make a miracle heal.  Its a shame to see a player having to end their career early because of injury.  Hopefully it doesn't come to that, and maybe he'll be able to sneak in some time this season.  I was devistated when my Jazz lost Williams for so long, couldn't imagine losing the face of the franchise for good. Hope you get well soon Yao!

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2009 10:25 pm

China will be devistated

My job took me to Guangzhou, China last year and Yao is more than just a national hero. Basketball has erupted in China and Yao was their link to legitamacy in the sport. Granted Chinese league ball is somewhere between high school and lower division college here but his impact can't be overstated. I hope this isn't career ending for his sake and for his countries.

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 10:25 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

You could tell at seasons end Yao was in a ton of pain.  The Rockets better make some long term plans for a big man, cause I don't see him coming back if he needs a year of rehab.  Especially if he was already contemplating retirement.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 10:22 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

Hey playmaker - you might want to read up on karma. You're comment is a bit a weird for a guy who believes in karma.

Good luck to Yao - a class act and a great player.

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 9:48 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

The Spurs hit the jackpot, true enough.  However Tim Duncan does not come along every year.  The number 1 pick in 2010 will not be a Tim Duncan.  Maybe Houston can package a deal to get a good/great 7' foot center in a trade.  I'm sure they can put together a group close to the likes of Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Arron Mckie and some draft choices; just take their bottom 5 guys on the bench and throw darts and you have it. Then offer it to the Lakers for Gasol; it should work right?

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 9:35 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

i blame houstons trainers for this they need fired...they misdiagnose injuries and cant get players prepared properly to play...tmac was smart and got a second opinion

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 9:21 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

What do you expect from a human body that big?  A 7'6" player can not and never will have a 10 year dominating career in the NBA, the human body can not take that sort of abuse.  The Rockets missed their chance to win a title with a 7'6" center for a variety of reasons.  Yaos best days are behind him and honestly they were not that great for a variety of reasons.  Had Houston surrounded him with the proper talent from the beginning to utilize his assets they very well could of won a title or two.  But trying to slowly build a team for as long as they did ultimately did them in.  Better luck next time to whoever gets a 7'6" center with any kind of game at all.

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 9:09 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

Couple of things that may be the factor in Yao's injury prone career:

1) The constant almost year-round play of the NBA and for China.

2) Yao may be similar to Sam Bowie/Greg Oden - prone to stress fractures.

3) Combination of both.

Unfortunately, stress fractures can be career ending or have a prolonged existence.

I enjoy watching Yao and hope his career is not over.

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