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Yao Ming is back

Posted on: August 24, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 6:14 pm
Ming looks good in workouts after resuming basketball activities. Also, he's very tall.
Posted by Matt Moore

Yao Ming may be over the hill. His body may have simply broken down too many times. He may be unable to return to his former glory. But he still is one thing. Tall. He is really, really tall. And he works his tall tail off.

The Rockets today posted video evidence of Ming back on the floor, resuming basketball activities and generally being Mingish. In the video, he showed a lot of things Rockets fans want to see. Most notably, the feet seem to be moving without much gingerness. He looks strong and fast. And for basketball fans all over? That turn around one-touch drop-it-and-make-'em-suffer shot is there. And it looks... good . But hey, don't take my word for it, take a look and see for yourself what a seven foot tall Chinese guy sweating through his clothes and nailing post-j's looks like:


Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2010 1:17 am

Yao Ming is back

If the Houston Rockets have any chance at making serious noise in the West, Yao Ming has to be healthy. Period. But is he? Until the real lights come on and the games are played, we won't really know if Yao can survive he strain of an NBA season on his surgically rebuilt foot. His many, many foot problems in the past have me slightly suspicious that this is really fixed. But for Yao's sake, I hope it is. Yao Ming is not a Hall of Famer in my book, but he is a classy guy and when healthy is one of the best centers in the NBA. I'm not sure he has what it takes to drag his team to the Promised Land of an NBA championship, but when he is healthy, the Rockets on paper are certainly a contender for the Western Conference at least. For an NBA title? We'll see...

Of the surrounding parts, I like their starting five, but their bench has yet to prove they can be a factor. Many of their current starters were bench players and the bench that was so productive has now become their starting five. So what are they going to use as a bench mob? Chase Budinger showed flashes last year and certainly Chuck Hayes, Courtney Lee, Kyle Lowry, Brad Miller and Jared Jeffries have been around long enough to know the score. But I don't see a whole lot of firepower there. So we shall see.

But ultimately, the Rockets' chances hinge on Yao Ming's health and abilities. Without him, they are a scrappy, hard-nosed team without a ton of luminescent talent. With him, hey become a real threat to the NBA's juggernauts. He is the one guy that is difficult even for teams like the Lakers, the Heat and the Celtics to match up against. Only Orlando can really match up one-on-one with Yao, due to the presence of Dwight Howard. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 12:55 am

Yao Ming is back

It is heartening to see Yao back working again. His return and Greg Oden's return will both change the landscape of the Western Conference this year. Houston and Portland both have the ability to play for the conference championship. But they need their centers of attention.

The video does not show much more than the ability to be moving his feet. This is a good beginning. Conditioning is so critical in the NBA and especially for big men. Can Yao handle the up and down on the court? Can he hit that sweet jump shot from the free throw line when winded? Can he guard the really good big men in the league? Can he jump? These things will become more apparent over November and December this year. There was no competition in the video to challenge him. I hope he can recover completely.

Here are the rotational league centers with greater than 20 PER last year (or the previous year for Yao): Dwight Howard 24.0; Oden 23.1 ; Yao 22.7 ; Shaquille O'Neal 22.3; Andrew Bogut 20.7; Andrew Bynum 20.2; Brook Lopez 20.1. With Yao and Oden occupying two of the top four their healthy return to action affects the league and especially the West. That post presence allows the offense to dominate down low without a double team. When the double comes (and come it must) there is an open shooter. These seven centers change the game and the defensive strategy of opposing teams. This is why Yao's recovery and Oden's recovery are big news.

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2010 7:24 pm

Yao Ming is back

I really hope that Yao can stay healthy the whole year, and if he can who knows how the playoffs will trun out. Here is a dream for Rockets fans, but if it was possible for us to trade for Melo mid year would bump us to a pretty elite team in the West. Again this is a dream, but we could get rid of Battie and Jefferies, and possibily Budinger if we had too. Morey said he isn't done dealing, and that he wants to land a superstar through a trade and even though Melo truley wants to play in NY he has said that Houston is a possible destination.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2010 5:48 pm

Yao Ming is back

How do they not stand a chance in the West? Their starting five is very good. Aaron Brooks, Luis Scola, Shane Battier, a healthy Yao Ming and Kevin Martin.  They also have some very good bench players in Chase Budinger, Patrick Patterson, and Courtney Lee.  I think they are at least a top four team in the west and with a healthy Yao they can make some real noise.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 5:25 pm

Yao Ming is back

I would love to have Yao back in the NBA. He's a fun player to watch and a good personality. Sure the Rockets don't stand a chance in the West, but it would add another team in playoff contention. Good luck Yao!!

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2010 5:45 am

Yao Ming is back

i love yao please be healthy the whole year

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