Yao attended the Rockets-Wizards game Monday night (photos are below), but didn’t take any questions from the press about his future plans. However, Rockets GM Daryl Morey did give an interview with the Chinese press, which Raymond has translated in the forum here.
The biggest takeaways for me were that the Rockets have been in constant communication with Yao since it was announced Yao will miss the rest of the season. This dialogue is a good sign that whatever decisions will be made, either side won’t be surprised (remember the drama from McGrady when he said he was going to undergo microfracture surgery, completely surprising the Rockets’ medical staff?). Yao also has been doing upper body workouts at Toyota Center, and that surgery may be the option Yao takes instead of resting the ankle until it heals.
Yi Jianlian, who was traded from New Jersey to Washington before the season began, shot the ball before the game. Yi, who is recovering from an injury, didn’t play in the game, but should be able to play very soon.