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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: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 8:45 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)


Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 8:25 pm
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Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2009 7:59 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

Maybe Yao missing the season is a blessing in disguise. Yao missing the season a la David Robinson might let the Rockets get the #1 pick next year and draft another 7-footer a la Tim Duncan to team with Yao on the court. They already have a former San Antonio front office guy as their GM, so the foundation is there to emulate the Spurs exactly. I'm looking at you Cole Aldrich.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 7:52 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

I agree, and if you've ever seen an interview with the big guy, win or lose, he seems like a great person too.  He comes across honest and as humble as a 7'6" all pro center can be.  He's carried the weight of being his countries representative to the NBA, of dealing with the pressure of being the only star player on the Olympic host team, as well as being one of the #1 overall picks in the league and having to deal with multiple setbacks due to injuries.  And he's carried that weight with grace.

I hope he gets better and gets a ring too.  I'd like to hear his post series interview in that case, I bet it would be impressive in content.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 7:45 pm

Yao's career is over

's foot isnt healing...the said he will miss all 82 games or longer.....If he does return he'll be a Shawn Bradley type of player...

Without Yao they should let Artest go and rid themselves of McGrady's 22 million....

The Rockets should do themselves a favor and just start over. That isn’t easy in a market like Houston, but what everyone lknew has come to reality... Yao and McGrady are no longer an iffy combo together, but a failed one.

The sooner Houston knows a title is from reach, and realize they wont beat the without Yao...They can start over and sign some player in 2010...

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 7:41 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

Forget about the Rockets being contenders.

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 7:33 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

You can mention Yao and that other guy in the same breathe.......Your nuts!

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2009 7:26 pm

Stern just passed out...

This is not good for the NBA, as the end of Yao's career means a dramatic loss of fan base from China, unless they got another player ready to go.
Artest is not going to get you there, so this is not good at all. This injury concerned me when it happened, and now it is apparent that the body break down has occurred.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 7:24 pm
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Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2009 6:57 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

When he comes back healthy and rested, everybody needs to watch out and get ready for the second coming..of Shawn Bradley. Zing.

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