Another day is done at the Rockets’ training camp in Austin. Here’s a photo of some of the Rockets’ heavy hitters after practice all in one spot (which is unusual to see): Luis Scola, Chase Budinger, Aaron Brooks and Yao Ming. You can tell they’re working pretty hard by how fatigued they look (Yao is on the phone).
Yao said he practiced with the team about the same amount of time he’s been doing all week, which is about half of the team’s scrimmage.
Because Yao goes to the practice facility so early in the morning, I asked if he’s getting enough sleep since he’s working out harder during training camp getting his body prepared for the regular season. Yao replied he is getting enough rest since he’s really not doing anything other than staying in his hotel room at night.
Furthermore, the Rockets’ director of strength and conditioning Darryl Eto said that most of the players are sore having worked so hard in Austin. After practice, many of them go down to the training room to take a cold plunge in an ice bath that goes up to about waist high. That’s probably why Yao is wearing sweats in the above photo since he mentioned the other day after practice that the gym was a little cold, and putting half of his body in ice probably would make him colder.
Since the team left Houston last Sunday night (five days ago), I asked Yao if he missed his wife and baby, and he replied with emphasis, “Yes, I really miss them.”
I got a little bit of video with Yao’s backup, Brad Miller, and his new (and former) coach Rick Adelman. In the video, Adelman refers to “J.T.” which is Jermaine Taylor.