ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher, who co-wrote Yao’s book and obviously knows Yao personally talked to #11 Thursday night. Check out the video below. Here’s a link to the article where Yao jokingly said, “I haven’t died. Right now I’m drinking a beer and eating fried chicken. What were you expecting, a funeral?”
Bucher reports that the Rockets front office “will examine all options” and that they were “devastated” when they heard the news today about Yao’s injury. You can bet they are working some long hours to figure out what they will do with Yao this season and beyond, and perhaps try to find some help at the center position.
Here’s the video update from Bucher (excuse the commercial at the beginning). From what we gather and remember Yao saying over the summer, the most viable option at this early stage is that Yao would probably choose to have the fracture heal over time rather than have surgery again.