Today in Austin, Yao Ming didn’t work out with the team, given a day of rest that has been part of the ongoing plan. But we did speak to Rockets’ head trainer Keith Jones that each day, including today, Yao comes to the Austin training facility around 8am to do strengthening exercises, long before team practices start around 11:30am. Yao is living up to his reputation as being one of the hardest workers in basketball.
Jones also said the training and conditioning staff can tell that Yao has improved every day, even if Yao himself may not have felt it. It’s those little exercises they have him doing every day that’s helping him run more naturally…better and more physiologically than maybe he’s probably ever run in his life.
Below is an interview that coach Rick Adelman had with the media after practice. There’s too much stuff to transcribe, but he talks about the meeting the team had with league officials yesterday at their hotel. Essentially, the bar has been lowered on the types of technical fouls they will make against players who get too far out of line this season protesting calls.
At the end of the video, Adelman talks about Yao and some of the challenges they face with him being out for so long, and scheduled to play limited minutes.