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<  Yao on the court, and his most recent game  ~  Dedicated Thread on Yao Ming's Rehabilitation

PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 9:31 pm
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Well, the latest update from sohu.com.

Guess we have to read this with grain of salts, unless some Rockets insiders on this forum can verify what this reporter wrote.


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http://sports.sohu.com/20070211/n248172234.shtml

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In Summary

  • February 11 Beijing standard time. The Houston Rockets is going to play with Charlotte Bobcats at home court. To everyone's surpise, Yao Ming appeared in the training hall during the pre-game team practice.
  • Yao Ming's right leg is rehabilitating well. He is still focused on his rehabilitation; he did some simple layups, as well as did some stationary shooting practice on his jumpers from some designated spots around the arc.
  • Although he had not touched the basketball for some time now, his shooting touch looked good,as his hit rate was pretty high. He was in exuberant mood, and it was obvious he was very eager to be able to return to court soon.
  • His team mates were also very elated to see Yao Ming joining them; they crowded around him, cracked a few jokes, laughed and sent him their regards. His appreance also brightened up the day for his team mates after a humiliating whoop by the Dallas Mavericks the previous night. The atmosphere on the training ground turned rather relaxed.
  • The US Media at the moment is predicting Yao Ming will possibly return beginning of March. Judged from the current status of his rehabilitation, this is highly possible. Yao Ming will travel to Las Vegas during the NBA All Stars weekend to show his support for the league, and will continue with his rehabilitation afterwards.
  • It is foreseeable that in early March, we can all welcome the young giant once again back onto court to contribute great performance for the Houston Rockets and his massive Chinese fan base.



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:00 pm
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Another photo of Yao Ming with David Macha , the strength and conditioning coach of the Rockets after the pre-game team practice, according to the sohu.com writer.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 2:58 am
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Further proof that Yao Ming was DEFINITELY there at the game with the Charlotte Bobcats......

In fact, towards the end of 1H (?), there were Chinese folk dance shows.....and Yao Ming spoke to the Toyota Centre fans, thanking them for the support endered the team, and wishing them a Happy Chinese Year, and a prosperous Year of the Pig thru a pre-taped video (???) !!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 3:54 am
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A longer and much detail article from Zhang Yi of Sohu Sports from Houston describing Yao Ming first team practice.....

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http://sports.sohu.com/20070211/n248173396.shtml

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  • One after the other, Yao Ming shot the basketball passed to him by his assistant coach, Tom Thibodeau. It was almost exactly like the promotional film that Yao Ming did for the Houston Rockets, except this time, Yao Ming was standing a few steps more closer to the free throw line. Excellence is a habit, not an act (and it takes practice and perseverance.) So while Yao Ming's knee/leg wound is still recuperating, he is working diligently and laboriously to try to return to court as soon as possible.
  • Yao Ming continuously released multiple shots from the free throw line. It looked as if his shooting touches had not deserted him, as his hit rate was pretty high. Through such hard practice, Yao Ming is determined not to let his shooting touch become cold after being sidelined for more than 6 weeks now (because of his injury). His light-colored training jersey was soaked with sweat already, but his right knee has already recovered. The only sign that betrayed that there was something wrong with his right knee was that the black brace supporter wrapping around his thigh was seen from a corner of his black pants.
  • On the other side of the training court, Bonzi Wells, Luther Head and a couple other Rockets are practicing their shooting. After the loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Rockets is to play a back-to-back with the Charlotte Bobcats this very night. As there was no team practice this morning, therefore the players have arrived Toyota Centre a couple hours earlier prior to the game to practice their shooting.
  • So after finishing his shooting practice, Yao Ming walked towards the centre of the court. Bonzi Wells also walked up from the other side of the court. They greeted each other striking their fists, and then cracked jokes at each other. Then Yao Ming walked back to his side of the court, lifted his left leg high, but kept his right leg straight, and not bending it as far as possible. Yao Ming then chatted with David Macha, the strength and conditioning coach of the Rockets, about how he felt after the shooting practice, gesticulating with his right hand on his injured right knee to the malleolus joint position. Then, without his basketball, Yao Ming started to practice his low post footworks. But they were all in slow motion. He was trying to see if his just-recovered right leg/knee could sustain such turnaround moves without ill effect.
  • More Rockets team mates arrived into the training hall. Tracy McGrady walked in leisurely, and was surprised but excited to see Yao Ming there as well. The 2 of them stretched out their hands from afar, struck their fists to greet each other. They then sat down together on the bench and started to chat. They often turned their attention to the Rockets that were now into their shooting practice. Obviously Tracy McGrady was explaining to Yao Ming some latest situations in the team. At this very moment, maybe both Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady are starting to sketch out something big and special for the Rockets for this season.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:56 am
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pryuen wrote:
Further proof that Yao Ming was DEFINITELY there at the game with the Charlotte Bobcats......

In fact, towards the end of 1H (?), there were Chinese folk dance shows.....and Yao Ming spoke to the Toyota Centre fans, thanking them for the support endered the team, and wishing them a Happy Chinese Year, and a prosperous Year of the Pig thru a pre-taped video (???) !!


Yao Ming was at the Toyota Center long before the game started - Once he arrived at the TC, Yao changed into his workout clothes so he could rehab his leg and do some practice shooting. As other Rox players were coming in early before the game, they were happily surprised to see Yao Ming. The Players converged around Yao Ming to talk and made jokes to him. Yao Ming knew it was better to let his teammates have the practice court to themselves, so he then showered, dressed, hung around the locker room to talk to his fellow players some more. Then the Rox Marketing Dept. asked Yao if he would make a video message to wish the fans Happy Lunar New Year, Yao agreed. He met with the Rox Videographer (Evan Gelber) to record his Happy Chinese New Year message to the fans that was shown near the end of the 1st quarter on the big screen overhanging above the midcourt (Does somebody suggest that the video message was done live?).

After he did the video, he left the arena to go home. He did not stay at the Toyota Center to watch the game as one person has suggested all the way from Hong Kong!

Jonathan Feigen was the only non-Chinese writer who saw Yao Ming during the pregame workouts, since it was nearly 2 hours before the game was to begin. But there were several Chinese Writers there who were stalking Yao and taking pictures of him. (They would take Yao's picture while he is in the restroom taking a crap if Yao would let them!)

All Rocket fans who attended the game received a Red envelope that contained a coupon to receive 2 free tacos from Taco Bell as a gift to honor the Chinese Lunar New Year!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:40 am
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TheRoxRedGlare wrote:
pryuen wrote:
Further proof that Yao Ming was DEFINITELY there at the game with the Charlotte Bobcats......

In fact, towards the end of 1H (?), there were Chinese folk dance shows.....and Yao Ming spoke to the Toyota Centre fans, thanking them for the support endered the team, and wishing them a Happy Chinese Year, and a prosperous Year of the Pig thru a pre-taped video (???) !!



After he did the video, he left the arena to go home. He did not stay at the Toyota Center to watch the game as one person has suggested all the way from Hong Kong!



Did I say Yao Ming stayed to watch the game live ? :roll:

All I said was he was there in Toyota Centre on the day the game was played with the Bobcats. And he wished everyone a Happy Chinese New Year thru a pretaped video.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:54 pm
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2 further proofs from Wang Meng's articles that Yao Ming was THERE at Toyota Centre at the Bobcats game.

  • He was there witnessing and marvelling at Kirk Synder's rebounding ability and his alley oops/slam dunk from a pass of Luther Head. He marvelled: "Man.....that guy got hoops !! He can really jump high !!"

    http://nba.sports.tom.com/2007-02-12/0424/86181389.html
  • The Rockets management originally wanted Yao Ming to be on the bench, amongst the audience in the game, stood up and addressed the fans, wishing them Happy Chinese New Year. But in order not to disrupt his rehabilitation down in the gym in the basement of Toyota Centre, they deided to pre-tape his Chinese New Year greetings. He was still there working out in the gym during the game with the Bobcats.

    http://nba.sports.tom.com/2007-02-12/0424/86024184.html


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:12 pm
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pryuen wrote:
2 further proofs from Wang Meng's articles that Yao Ming was THERE at Toyota Centre at the Bobcats game.

  • He was there witnessing and marvelling at Kirk Synder's rebounding ability and his alley oops/slam dunk from a pass of Luther Head. He marvelled: "Man.....that guy got hoops !! He can really jump high !!"

    http://nba.sports.tom.com/2007-02-12/0424/86181389.html
  • The Rockets management originally wanted Yao Ming to be on the bench, amongst the audience in the game, stood up and addressed the fans, wishing them Happy Chinese New Year. But in order not to disrupt his rehabilitation down in the gym in the basement of Toyota Centre, they deided to pre-tape his Chinese New Year greetings. He was still there working out in the gym during the game with the Bobcats.

    http://nba.sports.tom.com/2007-02-12/0424/86024184.html


I believe you! Fran Blinebury said he didn't see him at the game, but Yao could have still been in the workout room watching the game on the TV monitor. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:03 am
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this is good news. i hope he'll come back strong and ready! can't wait.....


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:08 pm
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When Yao plays again he will lead the team to success in the playoffs.


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