Yao looked alot like his old self in only his third preseason game since his comeback started on the court. Playing Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers, Yao in his 12 minutes scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks, his best outing thus far this preseason.
You can see video highlights here on NBA.com. A dunk from Yao as well as a nice jump hook start around the 1:20 mark, and the Chase Budinger one-handed alley-oop throwdown at the end of the clip is absolutely SICK! Chuck Hayes finished a sweet alley-oop of his own after starting a break with a steal. I could go on-and-on. Watching all of these highlights makes you think the Rockets are going to be something special this year. I know it’s only the preseason, but Indiana’s defense was pretty good last season.
One of Yao’s dunks came after an offensive rebound and he took it strong to the rim. Yao had this to say post-game:
“That really gave me that feeling back, not just the physical but mentally. Mentally is built by your physical. If you are confident with your body, you’re not afraid to hit people, not afraid to take hard foul or to fight. Then you can build the next step, which is mentally.”
Kevin Martin had this to say about the Great Wall:
“Yao was very impressive. You can tell he’s starting to get into the flow. His confidence is there and he is finishing around the basket, getting rebounds and altering shots.”
Since my time is limited here at my hotel here in The Philippines (my Internet is about to run out and I have to checkout of the hotel now), I’ll refer you to the Chronicle’s story about the game, which is excellent.