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Report: Yao not ready to retire

January 9th, 2011
by John

Raymond has translated in the forum an interview of Team Yao member Erik Zhang Mingji that appeared today in the Chinese online publication called Netease (a.k.a. 163.com). Click here for the full translation.

Here is a summary from the article based off Zhang Mingji’s responses to questions:

Yao’s surgery to repair the stress fracture in his left ankle was a relatively simple operation. It involved simply an implant of a stainless steel pin to facilitate the recovery of the fracture of the bone. Doctors had suspected that this current fracture was caused by bone spurs. So during this surgery, some large bone spurs were removed from the joint cavity. This further confirmed that the bone fracture could have been caused by these bone spurs.

Yao Ming has no plans to retire. He is still not yet ready to do that, and does not see the injury as being that serious to the point that he needs to retire.

Yao Ming wants to stay in Houston, and Houston also has that inclination.

The possibility of Yao being traded this season is less than fifty percent (50%), unless the Houston Rockets can now find a young All-Star player.

The full translation is here.

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