Bad news for the Rockets. And I'm talking "You know, it's funny, these people, they go to sleep, they think everything's fine, everything's good, they wake up the next day and they're on fire!"
bad. It turns out that Yao's broken foot isn't healing properly -- or at all actually -- which means the Great Wall will probably miss all
of next season. Or maybe even (gulp!) forever
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.
Poor Yao. His body just can't stand up to the rigors of NBA action. Kind of like how Pauly Shore's career couldn't stand up to an industry that requires actual talent. And assuming they don't waste another $40 million on re-signing Ron Artest, the Rockets will only have Knee-Mac left to lead them. So this seems as good a time as any for a Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen
-inspired Optimus Prime facepalm.Jesus Christ. Tracy McGrady is as useless asWheelie, Blur and Rodimus Prime put together.
Labels: Houston Rockets, Yao Ming just can't stay healthy
Are you sure Yao isn't a Celtic? This is a lot like one of their old injuries. At least he didn't pull a Dino Radja, and DNP-CD his way into neverland.
Look for the Rockets to try to unload McGrady for anything they can get this summer, especially if they don't plan to pony up to re-sign Ron Artest. BTW, I think they will re-sign Artest, but it'll be for far less money than Artest probably wants. I just think that's gonna be the case for a lot of free agents this summer, as there's really only a very small number of teams who are willing to break the bank for players, and most of them are already over the cap as it is. Also, in Artest's case, the team this summer with the most cap space who is most willing to break the bank, almost surely would have huge reservations about signing Artest, for obvious reasons. I'm talking, of course, about the Detroit Pistons.
On another note, I just found out about these guys, and I found them inexplicably hilarious. Basketball related.
but in all seriousness this is quite sad. The NBA needs a Yao. Especially since Wang Zhizhi left and became the MVP of China's league
I have to admit, I didn't even know Ike Deez was a 7 footer until the playoffs. I thought he was like 6-7.
Come on Joe D! Make it happen!
Is it time to blow things up while players still have some value? I mean, Aaron Brooks' stock is never going to be higher. Same with Landry and Scola and Battier. How many teams in the West would give their left nut for Shane "the Kobe Kontainer" Battier?
And Artest was a nice piece this year, but not exactly a guy you can build around. And THAT is what Houston needs- somebody to build around, now that Yao is D-U-N.
WRT Ricky Rubio- can this kid PLEASE get a worst-of for throwing a hissy fit about (gasp!) Minnesota drafting him? What a whiny brat. He talks about how much he wants to play in the NBA but then drops this BS on Minnesota after they spend the #5 pick on him. Maybe the Wizards knew what they were doing after all when they passed on him. The way I see it, he's got a LOOOOT of growing up to do. He's a prima donna who hasn't even proven himself yet.
I'm not impressed.
Ok.. maybe one or two players I get a secret glee out of seeing them go down. Yao ain't one of em though
In rubio's defense, sota did draft 2 PG's. so hes probably expecting not to see many minutes...
Altough I would like to make some remarks:
How can you take Marbury and Isiah from there? Thei're the MEN, they deserve the spot in the wall of shame. Their efect in the NBA is not yet done. Also for Kobe... come on, give Kobe some space. To end, you could also push in that Garnett-Alien lookalike-F-bomb pic. Priceless!
By the way, does any of those pics belong to the "Mario"?
Adelman should've interfered I agree; show some balls man.
/Not literally of course