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Photos of Yao’s first appearance since ankle injury diagnosis; Yi Jianlian photos, too

December 28th, 2010
by John

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.

December 27th, 2010 - Yao Ming joins his teammates in a pre-game huddle

December 27th, 2010 - Yao Ming looks at this walking boot before the Rockets-Wizards game

December 27th, 2010 - Yao Ming talks with Houston Rocket guard Ish Smith before the Rockets-Wizards game

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.

December 27th, 2010 - Yi Jianlian shoots in practice before the Rockets-Wizards game

December 27th, 2010 - Yi Jianlian shoots in practice before the Rockets-Wizards game

December 27th, 2010 - Yao Ming talks with former teammate Terrence Williams before the Rockets-Wizards game
Yi Jianlian talks with former teammate Terrence Williams before the Rockets-Wizards game

5 Responses to “Photos of Yao’s first appearance since ankle injury diagnosis; Yi Jianlian photos, too”

  1. sturbbon stone Says:

    Thanks for your work. It seems that there is no loyality in NBA, we all understand it's all about business, but right after the announcement, the Rockets start to look for trade for Yao, it's just emotionally hard to accept.
    It also seems that the Rockets knew the injury way before they notified Yao and the press, that's why the held-out of Yao's practice, why Yao seemed to be edat the news. Again, you would understand it's business maneveur, considering this is the same team that would trade Olajuwa in his last year, though he won two championships for the Rockets, it would not be surprising.
    Having observing how the media is blowing the Yao retirement wind, especially Justin and Soloman from Houston chronical, how the Rockets is giving-up on Yao while busy exploiting the last possible value from him, how some of the heartless fans are hysterical crying to send Yao away for the past couple of weeks, I hope Yao would stand strong, and come back. It's too early to retire at age 30, and there are un-fullfilled promises. I was afraid two weeks ago that the injury news and the close-to-betrayal treatment from the Rockets would be too much of a blow for Yao, but judging by his demeaner last night, he seemed to be prepared (be traded), yet, determined to come back. Be strong, be strong….

  2. Luckyme Says:

    All Yao needs to do is get his foot treated, rest well, stay in shape and come back on the court – and show all the nay-sayers what the Great Wall can do.

  3. YaoMingMania Says:

    I agree!

  4. LIU Says:

    maybe there is A WAY!

  5. liu Says:

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