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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: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2009 6:41 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)


Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 6:32 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

EY thats a great point. Yao really is one of the best all around big men in the game today. He scores, rebounds, plays defense, and blocks shots. And hes never in any sort of trouble both on the court and off. He is a standup guy who has earned respect  in the NBA. With Yao Ming out and Tracy McGrady questionable with his antics, this leaves the Houston Rockets with glaring needs. Its going to be interesting to see who they go after and what they pick up. I just hope Yao's foot heals the way it needs to and everything works itself out.

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 6:24 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

Has Yao ever been tested for Vitamin D Deficiency?



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 6:22 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

Im a Bulls fan.   We have a couple of centers with expiring contracts.  Its unfortunate, but people that big sometimes have occuring lower body injuries that might last the rest of their lives.  Send the Bulls an offer for B. Miller or J. James. 

Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2009 5:56 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

It's a shame to hear this. Yao is one of the players in the league I simply Love to watch. He is one of my fav. players in the league. He's 7'5" or 7'6" and still has developed a 15 to 20 ft. game, heck most 6'11" guys don't do that. Yao plays the game the right way, let's just hope after this he still gets to play the game.

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 5:44 pm

Yao could miss year? (UPDATE)

That's too bad I liked Yao Ming, although I'm not a Rocket fan. I hope this doesn't mean his career is over. This sure doesn't look good though. Seems like his body just isn't cut out for this high level of play for any extended amount of time. Hope he recovers and can play in the NBA again.

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 5:25 pm

Yao could miss year?

Holy cow mang'!!  Our for da' YEAR, potentially CAREER-ENDING?? Word?  This may end Yao's career... Good thing Cleveland went with Shaq over Yao Ming then, huh?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 5:05 pm

Yao could miss year?

If this report is true that is terrible news.  Not only for Rockets fan but for fans of the NBA & basketball in general.  Yao has always conducted himself very well and seems to be one of the nicest people in the NBA.  He is the best center in the game and an immense talent.  He is one of my favorite players.

I wish Yao the best in his recovery and hope to see him play again.

Get better Yao, basketball needs guys like you.

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2009 5:02 pm

Yao could miss year?

Wow... what a creative title.  How long did that take you to think up?

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 4:56 pm

Yao could miss year?

College Prof, how about instead of just blaming the Rockets organization when they only have Yao for half the year, you take a look at China's involvement. It's not the Rockets' fault that Yao hasn't had a month off (aside from while injured) in 7 years, it was the only way China would even allow him to go the NBA in the first place and the Rockets have no say in the matter....

There's plenty of blame to go around between the Rockets AND the Chinese gov't for overworking Yao. But the main culprits are really just physics and anatomy.

Oh, and to the first commenter: great post, appreciate your feelings towards Houston fans, but if you really do feel for us, why do you have to go and title your comment "Houston, we have a problem?" The most overused meme in Houston-related sportstalk, and it was old by the 80s. Please give it a rest, we're all tired of a single historical statement from NASA history being used every time any Houston sports team or player has a problem, even if the rest of the country can't (seemingly) get enough of it.

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