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Ugo Ferst 06-29-2009 04:25 PM

Houston, we have a problem
 
Rockets could lose Yao for season, if not longer
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
2 hours, 10 minutes ago

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As the NBA draft approached, the grim truth about Yao Ming’s(notes) broken left foot hung like an anvil over the Houston Rockets. The fear isn’t that he’s just lost for next season, but longer.

The Rockets and Yao’s reps are frightened over his future, and the concern is the most base of all: Does Yao Ming ever play again?

“The realization has hit them that this is grave,” one NBA general manager said.

For now, the Rockets have privately told league peers it could be a full season before Yao might be able to return to basketball. Multiple league executives, officials close to Yao and two doctors with knowledge of the diagnoses are describing a troubling re-fracture of his navicular bone. Three pins were inserted a year ago, but the foot cracked in the playoffs and isn’t healing.

“It sounds like he’s missing most of next season, if not the entire 82 games,” one league executive who has had recent discussions with the Houston front office told Yahoo! Sports. “That’s all that [the Rockets] will concede quietly, but they know it’s probably much worse.”

Houston general manager Daryl Morey refused comment on Monday and a team spokesman said the Rockets will not have further comment until Yao undergoes additional medical tests.

There’s no reason for the Rockets to disclose the severity of the injury, nor the uncertainty over Yao’s future. Before the Rockets go public with a dire diagnosis, they plan to send him to three more specialists this week, a source said. For now, the Rockets have season tickets and sponsorships to sell. For now, the Rockets will publicly decry these doomsday revelations as premature, but this is the reality that they’re working under within the organization.

This has turned into an impossible situation for the Rockets’ capable GM. Even if Yao plays again, Morey knows it’s just a matter of time until his lower body breaks down. His feet and ankles just can’t support the mobility of his 7-foot-6 frame.

With four surgeries in three years, the Rockets worried they were reaching a breaking point. Well, it’s here. After missing 86 games in the previous three seasons, the 28-year-old Yao missed a mere five this past regular season before injuring his foot during the Rockets’ second-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

It wasn’t until last week when Houston issued a statement saying Yao’s fractured foot hadn’t healed properly, that he would be unavailable “indefinitely.” Prior to Thursday’s draft, Morey tried desperately to trade into the high lottery to take Spanish prodigy Ricky Rubio(notes). Houston needed a young star, but had too few assets to make a deal with Memphis or Sacramento. It seemed odd to teams that Houston had thrown Shane Battier(notes) and Aaron Brooks(notes) into offers within weeks of pushing the NBA champion Lakers to seven games in the Western Conference semifinals.

Now, the Rockets have tough decisions to make: Do they keep pushing Tracy McGrady(notes) and his expiring contract on the market or let the $22 million expire next summer? So far, Morey is getting offered bad contracts and junk talent for him. What’s more, does Houston re-sign Ron Artest(notes) to a $40 million-plus contract when contention is no longer viable? Why not create cap space for the summers of 2010 and 2011? Why not get younger now? Yao could opt out of his contract next summer, but odds are that Houston won’t be so fortunate.

The Rockets should do themselves a favor and just start over. That isn’t easy in a sophisticated and rabid NBA market like Houston, but what everyone long suspected has reached fruition: Yao and McGrady are no longer a faulty foundation, but a collapsed one. Houston needs to proceed with an understanding that they’re no longer chasing the Lakers, but beginning again.

Rest assured, Houston has long been fearful that Yao’s responsibilities to the Chinese national team were rapidly contributing to his breakdown, and perhaps they’ve finally been met. Yao wouldn’t have missed the Beijing Olympics for the world, but it was clear he wasn’t fully healed in those Games. The Rockets paid a price for his nationalism, his obligation and now the darkest fears are close to confirmation: It isn’t just a season on the brink for Yao Ming, but perhaps a career.

INSIDER 06-29-2009 04:41 PM

thats brutal.

B-RAD 06-29-2009 04:42 PM

ya, his life is at risk too. most guys that tall die from foot infections and stuff. especially the chinese ones i don't know why they just do. i predict yao dies in his late 40's.

spenda 06-29-2009 04:48 PM

wow, amazing how good this guy could have been had he stayed healthy for the majority of his career.

zachus 06-29-2009 05:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by B-RAD (Post 200414)
ya, his life is at risk too. most guys that tall die from foot infections and stuff. especially the chinese ones i don't know why they just do. i predict yao dies in his late 40's.

That's not morbid at all...

Someguy again 06-29-2009 05:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by B-RAD (Post 200414)
ya, his life is at risk too. most guys that tall die from foot infections and stuff. especially the chinese ones i don't know why they just do. i predict yao dies in his late 40's.

yo seriously man.
what the fuck, don't bring that prediction shit here bro.

Torontosaurus 06-29-2009 05:07 PM

Terrible news for a stand-up guy :dead:

its_asdf 06-29-2009 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Torontosaurus (Post 200427)
Terrible news for a stand-up guy :dead:

No question.... It always terrible to see a talented player go down from excessive injuries. It makes you wonder how much of a force Houston would have been the past couple of years had Yao been fully healthy.

Gurk 06-29-2009 05:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Someguy again (Post 200421)
yo seriously man.
what the fuck, don't bring that prediction shit here bro.

I am going to start a countdown to when B-RAD gets banned. :dead:

Also this sucks, not only for the Houston Organization but also Yao and his family. He is a great player and an amazing human being, and he has to go through this. For Houston they are losing there franchise player. If Yao is out for all of next season I can see them missing the playoffs

LX 06-29-2009 05:42 PM

He played on that thing for a while there in the playoffs too. I wonder if his courage made it worse. I always think that any kind of big should be yanked off the court immediately at the slightest sign of a grimace.

10gizzle 06-29-2009 05:42 PM

Yao is such a good dude too.

I hope he recovers.

Furthermore, I'd just like to mention that I seriously doubt B-RAD has a shred of compassion and class judging by his previous comment.

Not cool man.

Someguy again 06-29-2009 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gurk (Post 200462)
I am going to start a countdown to when B-RAD gets banned. :dead:

Also this sucks, not only for the Houston Organization but also Yao and his family. He is a great player and an amazing human being, and he has to go through this. For Houston they are losing there franchise player. If Yao is out for all of next season I can see them missing the playoffs

I hope this guy gets it today.

dude is making my fucking blood boil.

edit - no reason to stoop to that level someguy... let us handle the issues

Windex 06-29-2009 06:24 PM

I heard about this last week
now it looks like he'll miss the season or more
the guy is the best center in the league when healthy

N64 06-29-2009 06:46 PM

damn that sucks...Yao's a class act but with bones that big your prone to injury...let's hope he gets to play again

Apollo 06-29-2009 06:52 PM

This puts the Rockets back years. If the news is as bad as some think it is, it might be time for them to change course and enter rebuild mode.

zachus 06-29-2009 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Apollo (Post 200506)
This puts the Rockets back years. If the news is as bad as some think it is, it might be time for them to change course and enter rebuild mode.

It's doing more than putting them back a few years, it's essentially knocking the foundation down and forcing them to start from scratch. These are the chances you take when you build your team around two of the most injury-prone stars in the league.

B-RAD 06-29-2009 08:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gurk (Post 200462)
I am going to start a countdown to when B-RAD gets banned. :dead:

Also this sucks, not only for the Houston Organization but also Yao and his family. He is a great player and an amazing human being, and he has to go through this. For Houston they are losing there franchise player. If Yao is out for all of next season I can see them missing the playoffs

no, i'm not trying to dis yao or anything just sayin that i've seen it happen before in documentaries.


BTW, say hello to the newest Rocket Amare Stoudemire

n30tokyo 06-29-2009 08:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by B-RAD (Post 200532)
no, i'm not trying to dis yao or anything just sayin that i've seen it happen before in documentaries.


BTW, say hello to the newest Rocket Amare Stoudemire

i've seen those documentaries on the Discovery Channel too. but that's no reason to theorize something morbid like that simply because of their ethnicity..

anywho, I feel sorry for Yao. he's young and he's got a lot more. I hope he gets well a.s.a.p; wouldn't want him to turn out like T-Mac or Agent 0...

finstock 06-29-2009 08:19 PM

Yao is such a great personality for all the right reasons. This must be devastating for him considering his drive to please not only his fans, but his country as well. He has logged so many extra miles by playing for his country. A truly unselfish ambassador of sport.

Dark Knight 06-29-2009 08:52 PM

wow, this is horrible. Yao is a world icon. Hope he recovers


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