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The return of Ming may be postponed

Posted on: July 19, 2010 3:50 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 3:53 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Yao Ming missed the entire 2009-10 season with a broken left foot. You know, one of those dreaded foot injuries that absolutely destory big men's careers.

The Rockets expected his return to be set for the season opener and with Yao back, Houston's expectations for the season were obviously high. The Rockets spent money retaining Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola, plus signed an extra big man to team with Yao. But now, it's sounding like Yao might miss the first two months of the season.

Gery Woelfel of The Journal-Times says he's hearing the Rockets don't intend to rush their star back (smart), so missing up to two months might indeed happen.

It's up to the gods of speculation to guess whether or not the Rockets already knew this and thus offered $15 million to Brad Miller. But whatever the case, having Miller as an insurance policy is definitely a godsend at this point for Houston. Yao may never be the same. And if the Rockets have any inclination about getting back to the playoffs, at least one quality center is surely required on the inside. If they can get two, that's just bonus.


Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:06 pm

The return of Ming may be postponed

Yeah kind of interesting that the report of him missing two months first broke from a Milwaukee newspaper. The Rocket's management dispute that this is complete bs and he is fine.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:04 pm

The return of Ming may be postponed

Note to all foreign players trying to make it in America: STAY AWAY FROM OFFSEASON INTERNATIONAL PLAY.  This includes you Daisuke Matsuzaka.  Do not play anymore world baseball classics.  And Yao, China's national team sucks with or without you, so don't bother.  Play where the money is.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:23 am

The return of Ming may be postponed

Everyone calm down. This is some incorrect rumor from some guy in MILWUAKEE. Yao will be back for the start of the season.

Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:23 am

The return of Ming may be postponed

Yes, they need to limit him. Let him play in the 1st quarter when the play is lite. Then let him come in the 2nd and 3rd when the team really need him. Then let him close out the final 8 minutes of the 4th quarter...

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 7:18 pm

The return of Ming may be postponed

I just hope he is fully recovered before he comes back to play. Congratulations to Houston, for not rushing a player back before he is ready to try and win a few games. They seem to be actually thinking of Yao's health over the short term benefit of the team. Yu don't see this to oftenin sports.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2010 6:34 pm

The return of Ming may be postponed

Over the seven seasons Yao has been with the Rockets he has played in 84% of the Rockets regular season games. In the 03-04 and 04-05 seasons Yao played in 87 games (including the playoffs).  Between the 04/05 season and the 08/09 season Yao missed 86 games over three seasons before coming back for a big year in 08/09. In that year he played in 86 games including 9 playoff games and averaged 19.4 ppg, 10 rpg, and 1.9 bpg in 33.9 minutes per game (those averages are better than Dirk Nowitzki's last year). Then he missed an entire season. If you count last season then the Rockets have had Yao on roster for 656 games and Yao has played in only 73% of those games.

If Yao can show flashes of his 08/09 form by season's end the Rockets absolutely should keep him around. If he doesn't, then Houston may have no choice but to pursue the center of the future through free agency or the NBA draft.

Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:25 pm

The return of Ming may be postponed

Yao would have to spend the entire season pretty much getting re-condition back into playing shape like most players coming off a major injury. I don't see the Rox parting ways with Yao after this season.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2010 4:49 pm

The return of Ming may be postponed

I can't see him being in great physical shape - he was never known for his conditioning and he's been wearing either a boot or cast for most of the last 18 months. I'd expect him to be a decent backup leading into the all star break and, if the foot stays in good shape, back to a quality starter by the end of the season. I don't see any situation where Brad Miller isn't the star center on this team.

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2010 4:11 pm

The return of Ming may be postponed

Yao is in his prime. Even with his messed up foot, he will be in the best shape of his life next season. If the Rockets cant get a good season out of him, they will either cut ties with him or be forced to invest in an aging center.

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