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More news about Yao’s playoff-ending injury

May 9th, 2009
by John

This was posted on the Houston Chronicle site about 8 minutes ago (8:22pm Central):

Rockets center Yao Ming was ruled out for the remainder of the sesaon after a hairline fracture was found in his left foot Saturday evening.

The Rockets had hopes he could play Sunday in game 4 in their series against the Los Angeles Lakers, but additional diagnostic tests found the fracture.

The hairline fracture will not require surgery but will require an eight-to-12 week rehabilition. This is the third consecutive year that Yao’s season was interrupted or ended by a fracture of a bone.

“Yao Ming had an initial test taken in the early morning hours on Saturday following the game,” said Rockets team physician Tom Clanton in a press release. “The original diagnosis of the left ankle sprain was based on the results of that test. Further diagnostic procedures performed later in the day revealed a hairline fracture on the top of his left foot. In order for the bone to heal properly, Yao will need to immobilize the foot by wearing a walking boot. No surgery is required and he should be able to resume his regular workout routine sometime between the next eight to 12 weeks.”

20 Responses to “More news about Yao’s playoff-ending injury”

  1. YaoMingMania Says:

    First Dikembe, now Yao. Looks like we're going to get a little bit of ex-Laker Brian Cook playing the rest of this series. Wouldn't that be something if he was able to come back and haunt his former team? And how about Joey Dorsey finally getting some playing time?

    Last night I asked Carl Landry what they would do different if the Rockets couldn't play with Yao, thinking at the time it had a very small probability of happening. I'll post that audio shortly.

  2. Shawn Says:

    WHAT!?!?

  3. Xin Says:

    This is terrible…. I just found this out 10 minutes ago in espn..
    I hope a quick recovery for Yao…

  4. NYCBOBBY Says:

    I just don't know what to do with this team anymore. I love Yao but he's constantly hurt. It's just sad because he's just so big and I guess it puts a lot of stress on his foot naturally. Is it in the way he runs, the way he jumps is wrong? Can someone point that out to him and change? Is this what I have to go through every season. High hope for the team but broken heart premarturely? I feel this is a relationship that goes wrong every season. Should I stop following Yao and the beloved Rockets and just be a NBA fan or should I just start a new hobby? I'm so dissapointed. I'm so confused……..Sorry to end like this on a downer note.

  5. pryuen Says:

    +_)(*&^%$#@_)(*&^%$#@)(*&^%$

    That ruined my mood for this beautiful Sunday!!!

    Does this also mean that I have to do this for the 4th consecutive year a dedicated thread about Big Yao's rehabilitation in the summer???

    I HATE THAT !!!

  6. D Says:

    John, What do you think that Rockets have to do this offseason? They can't depend on Yao or McGrady. Should they trade them? Thay probably not going to Trde Yao because he brings in too much money. It is very frustrating and disappointing to follow Yao and the Rockets. We are have such a high hope for all these years, but only to end prematurately. It is no point talking about the Rockets anymore, they just can't win this series without Yao.

  7. airchina23 Says:

    Well, I blame the Chinese government for playing him every freaking summer in every freaking useless tournaments.

    Anyway, I'll continue to support the Rox. I think they can still go out with dignity and take a game. Remember last year's streak without T-Mac and Yao in some stretches?

  8. Minor Says:

    Health is wealth. Health is more important. Get well soon.

  9. JW Says:

    The saddest day. I’m totally shocked.

  10. YaoMingMania Says:

    McGrady is almost untradeable for any player worth anything. But he'll be dealt to a team who wants an expiring contract. Yao will stay. I think he needs to start taking his game more outside to reduce wear-and-tear, and he can hit those outside shots like I saw him in shootaround yesterday. He still has amazing accuracy.

  11. Luckyme Says:

    OMG, just when I thought Yao was enjoying a relatively injury-free year – boom, came this devatstating news! It is unreal and unbelievable! I watch this game because of Yao, and now, I am not sure.

  12. Jeff Says:

    I was hesitant to check the news after game 3 in fear of a season ending injury, but here it is.

    The Rockets came far and I'm proud of them for the regular season and for the portland series, but it is sad to see Yao's season ending right here.

    The Rockets bench will have to build on the reputation of their tenacious defense. If the stars are aligned and bench players like Landry, Wafer,etc catch on fire, there's still a chance.

    Looking into the future, there needs to be preventative measures medically and in playing/coaching style to keep Yao healthy.
    Doctors need to check for signs of wear and tear before they happen.

    Yao had an excellent perimeter game in the past. He CAN make outside shots.
    Fighting for position down low with NBA centers who throw their whole weight on Yao every night for a season puts tremendous stress on his body.

    Shaking the rust off his long range jumpers preserves his health and keeps his opponents guessing. Not many centers can guard against Yao shooting 18 footers.

  13. Jeff Says:

    Yao, it is only a hair fracture. So, you still have to take part in the training camps, friendlies and the BIG Tournaments of the Chinese Team.

    You have to play hard in those precious games with your walking boots or clutches. Good Luck .

  14. Shawn Says:

    Does anyone know what exactly is a hairline fracture and is there such thing as “chronic hairline fracture”? Yao needs to stop playing summer games and logging 40+ minute games, his body is not made for that. Someone tell Yao to drink alot of milk and take calcium supplements!

  15. Nautic Says:

    What a disaster. I blame as much on the Rocket organization as on the Chinese basketball authorigties.

    1) Les, when Yao brings you that kind of money season in season out, why can't you afford a backup center little more than a rarely played 58 years old Mutombo/a useless first round pick? If there is a decent backup center, maybe the team can sit out s few game here and there in the regular season a la Tim Duncan and Shaq.

    2) Coach Adleman, you know Yao's injury history, and yet you played him heavy minutes game in game out, even in situations where the game outcome had been decided?

    3) Team doctor Tom Clanton, with Yao's injury history, what advice has you provided to the Rockets?

    4) Yao, it is about who works smartest, not about who works the hardest.

  16. Cash Gifting Is Legal Says:

    The face of the series has changed. The Rockets have become a perimeter team and have to shoot the lights out to give the Lakers a run for their money.

    Although Scola is hard-nosed I think that Gasol has a field day from here on out.

    Waiting for the Cavs – Lakers/Denver final. It'll be fun.

    Ryan

  17. JW Says:

    Should Yao reduce his wieght going forward? Looks like a lighter yao will make him play longer.

    Stop playing in the summer will also help. But it seems hard to do it when dealing with Chinese government.

    The minutes, position, style he has palyed seems to be questional now. What are they going to do after next year when his ocntract ends?

    Hate to see a great player injures at his prime.

  18. YaoFan Says:

    Argh!!! I didn't want to look up the news until before today's game. I'm glad the Rockets won today's game, but it's really hard to see the Rockets beating the Lakers without Yao. You never know though as I've come to believe in the Rockets even without Yao. Don't think it's really the amount of games played, but more about jumping and landing on ppl's feet and twisting his ankle multiple times. Probably would help if he shoots from the outside more. Might explain his poorer play in the third and fourth as it would have impacted his mobility and jumping.

  19. JW Says:

    Should Yao reduce his wieght going forward? Looks like a lighter yao will make him play longer.

    Stop playing in the summer will also help. But it seems hard to do it when dealing with Chinese government.

    The minutes, position, style he has palyed seems to be questional now. What are they going to do after next year when his ocntract ends?

    Hate to see a great player injures at his prime.

  20. YaoFan Says:

    Argh!!! I didn't want to look up the news until before today's game. I'm glad the Rockets won today's game, but it's really hard to see the Rockets beating the Lakers without Yao. You never know though as I've come to believe in the Rockets even without Yao. Don't think it's really the amount of games played, but more about jumping and landing on ppl's feet and twisting his ankle multiple times. Probably would help if he shoots from the outside more. Might explain his poorer play in the third and fourth as it would have impacted his mobility and jumping.

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