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Yao Ming...

Posted on: June 30, 2009 10:10 am Sam Bowie.

Or David Bowie. I can't make up my mind.

I've said for years that Yao is more valuable to the league in its efforts to recruit more fans in China than he is an actual good basketball player.

So far I'm looking pretty good on that prediction.

Here's my guess: we won't see Yao next season but we will see him again.

Then he'll get injured...again.

The Rockets do have a serious problem. They can no longer afford to count on Yao. He's been hurt too much but they also can't afford to cut the chord, at least not yet, just in case, by some miracle, Yao actually spends more than 10 minutes off crutches.

Well, at least the Rockets have the stable, solid foundation that is Ron Artest.

Category: NBA
Tags: Rockets

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:58 am

Yao Ming...

Mr. Freeman, I supported my argument with direct facts.  I'm keeping his shooting abilities and durabilty issues seperate from one another to make an objective point.  Yao shot 54% from the field and 86% from the free throw stripe.  Please feel free to name another center who SHOOTS better from the free throw line than Yao.  A big man's ability to shoot free throws is of tremendous importance late in games (See Game 4 of NBA Finals).  If Dwight Howard knocks down one of his two free throws with 11 seconds left, the Magic tie the series at two a piece.  He did not and Derek Fisher sent the game to OT.  So yes, a healthy Yao is arguably the best shooting big man in the league.  No bias, just facts -- you should try it sometime.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 4:25 pm

Yao Ming...

...and here's a wild idea for you Schneid. When you call Yao arguably the best shooting big man in the NBA, you sound like a homer foof. He hasn't played enough to be arguably the best at anything except trying on casts. Also, Artest has also always played hard. Glad you're just noticing. He's a weirdo psycho but I guess he's your weird psycho. Enjoy those Rockets games huckleberry.

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2009 3:56 pm

Yao Ming...

In Yao's last three games played (against the 2009 NBA Champion Lakers need I remind you), he shot 51.4% from the field, averaged 11.3 rebounds, managed 88.5% for the free throw stripe, and had 19.7 points per game.  During the regular season, his shooting percentage was a whopping 54.8%. 

Here's a wild idea Freeman -- Be a legitimate sports columnist, and do some research.  Yao's definitely injury prone, but to take jabs at his basketball skills is laughable.  He's arguably the best shooting big man in the NBA.  I wish him a fast and healthy recovery.

Oh and Ron Artest... He played his heart out for the Rockets this season on both ends of the floor.  I watched almost every Rocket game this year, and he always gave 100% for the team.  I'm not defending his past behavior, but as a member of the Rockets, you cannot knock the man.  


Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2009 2:25 pm

Not a good basketball player?

I'm not a Rockets fan by any means, but can you really say that Yao isn't a good basketball player? I see what you're saying: He does more for foreign relations than he doesn on the court, but still... He's been an all-star from day one. Maybe try being less of an @sshole and more of a journalist when you decide to write something.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 1:22 pm

Yao Ming...

As long as the Rockets don't mess with the E augmented or the B flatted 5th, they can afford to cut a few cords, man.Tongue out

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2009 12:50 pm

Yao Ming...

It's sad that Yao Ming hasn't turned out to be the player many hoped he'd be. He seems like a nice guy and I think it adds to the game to have players from around the world. I just wonder if a man that big can hold up to the long grind that is a NBA season. If he comes back maybe the Rockets should use him lightly in the regular season and hope he's healthy when the playoffs start.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 12:43 pm

Yao Ming...

Love fortune cookies.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2009 11:52 am

Yao Ming...

WOW. Are you kidding me Freeman??? Are you seriously trying to say you predicted this outcome and because of that you decided to post it? How about you start posting all the times you were wrong about sports outcomes and issues.  I can't believe your boss and fellow sportswriters allowed your dumb ass to post such a thing.  And now I can't believe I'm wasting my time ranting about how much of a retard you are.  Why don't you start selling fortune cookies since you know so much.

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