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Yao Ming suffers left ankle stress fracture

Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:38 pm
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has suffered a stress fracture in his left ankle and is out indefinitely. Posted by Ben Golliveryao-ming-injury The Houston Rockets have informed the media via press release that Yao Ming, the team's franchise center, who missed all of last season due to injury and has missed significant playing time this season as well, has suffered a stress fracture in his left ankle, and is out indefinitely.
An MRI performed today on Rockets center Yao Ming revealed a stress fracture of the Medial Malleolus in his left ankle. The fracture, which is related to his previous injury of the Tarsal Navicular bone, presented itself during the course of his current rehabilitation program. There is no timetable for his return at this time.
The team will have no additional comment at this time. Information regarding his treatment program will be made available at a later date.
The Houston Chronicle speculates on Twitter that Yao's future as a professional is now up in the air, both this year and beyond. "Wondering now if he'll ever return ... Yao said the obvious in summer. If can't stay healthy, can't keep playing. Is it over?," tweets the paper's Rockets beat writer, Jonathan Feigen.  This is season-crippling news for the Rockets, who are already in the Southwest Division's basement at 10-15.  Yao, one of the league's most productive and dominant big men when healthy, has struggled to stay on the court since he missed just two games combined in his first three NBA seasons. Aside from a strong 2008-2009 season, which led to a nice playoff run for the Rockets, Yao has not played more than 60 games in a season, and he missed all of the 2009-2010 season with a hairline fracture in his left foot. Yao appeared in just five games this season, before ankle and leg injuries began to dog him again. He averaged 10.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 18.2 minutes per game, and was placed on a strict playing time limit.  Without Yao, the Rockets will continue to make due with a frontcourt rotation that includes big men Luis Scola, Brad Miller, Chuck Hayes and Jordan Hill.  Yao, at age 30, is in the final year of his contract, making $17.6 million this season. Given his uncertain health, that contract could become a trade chip for the Rockets, who have been linked in a number of trade talks. Even if Yao completes the season without being moved, the Rockets will have a decision to make on his future with the team. Yao's persistent injuries have left the team in limbo the last few seasons, and made for a trip to the draft lottery last season and potentially a similar trip this season. Yao will also have a decision: Does he still want to continue playing basketball? Perhaps it's time for both parties move on. 

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2010 10:05 am

Yao Ming suffers left ankle stress fracture

I can't believe everyone is saying his career is over. It's not, until he says it is.
This has the potential to become a great comeback story. But Yao has to believe and desire or it has no chance of happening.

He's got to work hard for the next year and maybe, maybe, he can have a chance with a team willing to take a risk on him.

If he were 32, I'd say, O.K. ---career probably over. But 30 is relatively young in the NBA. He might have 2-3 good years in him
considering he is so good on defense and can shoot over anyone. 

The problem is that he's such a proud and high character man. I'm sure he doesn't want to be the face of another franchise only to dissapoint. I'm sure this latest injury is like another deathblow psychologically. 

He's better off making a comeback attempt with a small market team that already has a big name star. After all, Houston is a huge city.
 But he would also have to join a team that could potentially earn him a ring. That's the only way to salvage his career. Win a title and be a contributor towards it.
Dare I say the Spurs? Or possibly the Jazz?
He could come off the bench for 15 min a game and be a bigger factor in the playoffs of 2012.
Big men like Yao are so rare in this league, it would be a shame (and stupid) if a club out there doesn't give him a chance.

Don't give up Yao!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 5:50 pm

Yao Ming suffers left ankle stress fracture

It was a lot tougher to bang around with guys like Shaq and Tim Duncan in their primes than it was with 5'3" centers back in China.  Yao lacked the toughness to truly be great.  Personally, I was rooting for the guy, but I just never felt he was ever comfortable playing in the NBA.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 5:30 pm

Yao Ming suffers left ankle stress fracture

What a shame. If this is indeed the end for Yao, we'll never know how good he could have been. The guy is obviously fragile but he did live up to the hype at times. Not at all a waste of hieght like Shawn Bradley.

On a side note, I agree, comparing Yao to Oden is an insult to Yao.

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:38 am

Yao Ming suffers left ankle stress fracture

  Might threaten his career?  Does he seriously still have one beyond having a really good spot to watch games and get paid.  I don't remember him on the court since the y2k bug was a threat still.  Go figure; the abnormally large gentlemen has foot problems.  For future reference don't give someone that weighs as much as a Dodge Ram a large contract because they are sure to break down a lot from all the extra weight just like the truck.  

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:43 am

Yao Ming suffers left ankle stress fracture

This injury might be bad fir Yao fans. But Jordan Hill the guy whos been averaging 7.0 pts off the bench can really step up n take his spot as the center of the future. He really isn't a natural center. But hes 6-11 can shoot and catch the ball. Hes athletic and is not adverse to attacking the rim. The Rockets have to evaluate what they have considering the fact they are outmatched on a nightly basis with 6-6 center Chuck Hayes in the starting lineup.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:36 am

Yao Ming suffers left ankle stress fracture

Yao hang it up man. You gave the league a good 9 yrs. It was good while it lasted. Just walk away from the game while you can walk.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:57 pm

Yao Ming suffers left ankle stress fracture

Yao isn't cut from the same cloth as Greg Oden.  Give me a break.  Yao at least played a number of very productive seasons.  Oden hasn't played one.

Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:42 am

Yao Ming, MOVE ON.

Speculation...The Rockets should just play well enough to enter the draft lottery again this year. Trying to deal Yao will not go anywhere and will lead to his retirement. They will reward themselves with a big man in the draft and start a new rebuilding year and move on from there.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:11 am
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Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 3:42 am

Yao Ming suffers left ankle stress fracture

Rockets should put together a package deal to get Melo. Yao, Patrick Patterson, Kevin Martin and a few draft picks.

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