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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:16 pm
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Yao Ming took sometime out yesterday afternoon (February 12) to visit the children/kids at the Chinese Community Centre of Houston, and wished them all a Happy Chinese New Year.











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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:49 pm
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In the following article from Zhang Yi of Sohu Sports from Houston, Yao Ming talked to the press about his rehabilitation, hinted about an early return by early March, and vowed this will be one of his great personal best seasons of NBA.


In Summary

  • US Houston local time February 12 afternoon (Beijing standard time February 13 morning), Yao Ming paid a visit to the children of Houston Chinese Community Centre to celebrate the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival well ahead of time.
  • After the activity, Yao Ming briefed the press/media reporters about the latest situation of his rehabilitation. "Recently during the past week, I had been doing slow jogging, as well as carrying on strength and conditioning exercises for my lower limbs, trying to restore and strengthen my leg muscles. I am also working on my pick and rolls footworks, and practicing my jump shots."
  • The official Houston Rockets schedule for Yao Ming's return has always been set to be mid or end of March. But Yao Ming thought he felt good currently about his rehabilitation, and he hoped he can return to court earlier than currently scheduled. "Under the current circumstances, I can rejoin team practice in 2 weeks' time, and given another 10 days, I think I can play again. I hope I can return earlier. I think I will be ready by early March."
  • Regarding the current results of the Houston Rockets, Yao Ming was both startled and excited. "I felt extremely startled (on the team's performance without me." I think we shall have an extremely great season."
  • And Yao Ming believed that this season will be one of his personal best seasons. "I believe that this year will be one of my presonal best seasons in NBA."

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:18 pm
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News from Associated Press about Yao Ming's visit to Chinese Community Centre.


Posted on Mon, Feb. 12,

Yao shares Chinese New Year traditions with students
Associated Press

HOUSTON - Yao Ming's legs looked healthy Monday as a precocious pair of 4-year-olds clung to them while he tried to leave their classroom after a visit in preparation of the Chinese New Year.

But the 7-foot-6 center said he's still at least three weeks away from returning to play for the Houston Rockets after breaking his right leg on Dec. 23.

"I hope in two weeks I can practice with the team and in another 10 days I will start to play," Yao said. "That's right now, hopefully it will be quicker."

Yao spent the afternoon at the Chinese Community Center, talking with about 100 children about the Chinese New Year, which falls on Saturday. He answered questions, signed autographs and presented each child with a red envelope containing a dollar, which is a Chinese New Year tradition.

"I remember waiting the whole year long for that day and getting that red envelope from my parents, my uncle, my grandmother and grandfathers," Yao said. "It is a lot of good times and a lot of good memories from growing up. I hope I can give those kids a great moment when they grow up."

Ten-year-old Jinman Cai was thrilled to meet Yao, who he said was his hero. His face lit up when he got to shake hands with the player.

"It makes me happy to see him for the New Year," Cai said. "It is good luck."

Yao joked with the children and even got a laugh at the expense of the Rockets mascot KClutch the bear.

"It is the year for the pig, not for a bear," he said to uproarious laughter from the crowd.

Yao discussed how the New Year is a time to be with family and lamented that he won't be able to be with his this weekend as the perennial All-Star participates in NBA All-Star festivities.

"Chinese New Year is the most important time to hang out with family. But they don't want me to do that right now, they have me going to Vegas," he said with a laugh.

Unlike last year when Yao was injured, the Rockets haven't fallen apart without him and are 16-7 since his injury. He said he has been jumping rope and lifting weights to stay in shape.

"It's a big surprise," Yao said of the success. "I think when I come back we really can have a good year."

Yao seemed at ease with the children, who ranged in age from 5-11, but seemed a bit put off when some of them called him a giant. He said he loves kids, and visits such as these have an unintended consequence for him.

"It makes me think about how many kids I want to have," he said.

Yao isn't married, but has been involved with girlfriend Ye Li, a player on China's national basketball team, for several years.

When asked if he'd decided on the number of children he wants, he was tightlipped.

"That's a secret," he said with a grin.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:46 pm
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I just saw Yao's visit to China Town's Community Center on the local news. He looked really good and was walking without a limp. It wouldn't surprise me if he returns to the lineup in early March instead of mid- March like the Rox keep on saying. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:09 pm
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Feb. 12, 2007, 10:11PM
Yao expects to be back on the court in early March

Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Rockets center Yao Ming said Monday he expects to return to Rockets practices within two weeks, a few days ahead of the March 1 date the Rockets had planned, with a return to games in "early March."

"You know me," he said. "I'm always faster than (expected)."

Tests on Yao's fractured right leg show him to be progressing on schedule. He has been running on a treadmill, in which Rockets trainers can limit the weight he puts on the leg, and walking through moves and jump shots.

"They are letting me do some jump shots, some practice but not real moves," Yao said. "I can walk on it, and do a lot more now. I have to (wear the brace) to give me some time to adjust to the brace because I will play the rest of the season with it.

"I've been running on the new treadmill. They control the weight. Now it's still March. I can get back to practice in 10 days to two weeks.

"It's hard to say (when he will play). Hopefully, the beginning of March."

Too few minutes
After a few questions about Kirk Snyder's strong play Saturday and Bonzi Wells' expected return to the active roster tonight, Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy explained again why he does not plan to squeeze Snyder and Wells into his rotation.

"Too few minutes," Van Gundy said. "It has nothing to do with them. It has to do with I'm not going to play (Tracy) McGrady less, (Shane) Battier less and Luther (Head) less to fit both in.

"We're all overreacting to one game by Kirk. He did most of his damage in the fourth quarter when that game was decided. I don't want to discount his energy. His energy was great. But we have no controversy here. This is not one game where I'm sitting back saying, 'Wow, now I've got a problem.'

"What would you give to both, 15 minutes? That's 30 minutes. So that's 66 minutes for Luther, Battier and McGrady. You want to give them 22 minutes each? I'm not sure I'm going there."

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:22 pm
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No way Yao needs to run in slow mode under water to practise his knees if he can walk like this.
pryuen wrote:

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 writer.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:48 pm
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Well Jonathan Feigen's version of Yao Ming's latest rehabilitation status.

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A brief chat with Yao Ming about the knee, that treadmill and March

For a guy moving from the weight room to the practice court, Yao Ming was certainly in a terrific mood on Monday.

(Since so much has been misunderstood the past few days, it seems appropriate to point out here that Yao was not going to the court to practice. That will come soon enough, and we'll get to that in a minute. But he did not practice, run a marathon on Monday or leap tall buildings in downtown Houston.)

He did stop to chat, even asking Rockets assistant head coach and honorary Team Yao member Tom Thibodeau to give him a couple minutes to talk, something he would rarely do between workouts.

Later on Monday, he made his appearance at the Chinese Community Center in a Lunar New Year event and said basically the same thing he said in the Toyota Center hallway.

Basically, our conversation went like this:

He is running, but as Keith Jones said last week, Yao said on Monday that the running is still limited to the new treadmill on which the Rockets control the percentage of body weight he puts on his leg.

He is shooting, even walking through his moves, but he tries not jump, rarely leaves his feet by more than an inch or two. He has been doing that, however, for awhile, except for the walking around part. He was shooting from a chair less than a week after the injury, which is a pretty typical Yao thing to do.

He hopes to practice, he said, in 10 days to two weeks. At the community center, he said two weeks. The Rockets have said March 1, which is about two days more than two weeks.

After that, when he returns to games would depend on how well he comes around in those practices. Obviously, all that would be a guess. My guess has been March 9. Keith has said mid to late March. Yao said on Monday early March. I figure March 9 is close enough to both early and mid March to be a pretty good guess.

But the difference in a few days when making a prediction about a guy hurt in December really doesn't matter. The Rockets are, and absolutely should be, thinking much more long term than that.

There really was nothing new in Yao's chat in the hallway or at the community center, though his mood seems better with every jump shot.

What matters most, however, is not anything that you or I can see in how he talks or walks or drop steps.

The knee is everything. Early March. Mid March. Late March. Who cares? It is all about the knee. It is about the rest of his career.

(That prediction, by the way, based mostly on test results and precedence. And those criticizing Jones should knock it off. Yao or CD and others said Yao is running. Keith also said he is running, but he added where and how and what it means. The guy tried to give you more information and some have decided because they did not like the details to criticize him for it.)

With the kind of injury Yao had, if he comes back too soon, he could have trouble forever. If the knee is completely healed, it can actually be stronger than it was before it was hurt.

Yao is incredibly eager to get back. That's Yao. As he said on Monday, "You know me." (I love the way he now uses idiomatic English.)

The Rockets, however, have to be sure that the bone heals just right. It's not about what Yao wants or Keith predicts.

This is one of those times doctors' orders trump everything else. The combination of how Yao feels, the MRI results and the bone scan results dictate when he can do what.

He is obviously coming along well or he would not be permitted to do what he is doing. And these limited workouts should reduce the atrophy. Even without putting weight on the leg, the treadmill workout could make the next step go more smoothly.

That was enough to make Yao so cheerful. Besides, it is mid February. March -- whether we are talking about early, mid or late March -- is not far off now. No wonder he was in such a good mood.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:14 pm
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Feb 12 Yao is expected to return to practice with Houston within two weeks, the 7-foot-6 center told the Houston Chronicle on Monday. Yao fractured his right tibia in late December and the team had targeted a return date of March 1, but Yao is progressing nicely in his recovery. The Rockets expect him to be ready for game action in early March.

Advice: Despite being injured, Yao was selected as the starting center for the West in Sunday's All-Star game. He's averaging 25.9 points and 9.4 rebounds in 27 games.

now that's good 2 weeks earlier then we expecting

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:43 am
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This is from Wang Meng reported from Houston as dated February 12.

So the workaholic Yao Ming pressed on............... :cool:


In Summary

  • "Chinese New Year is our time for family reunion, when family members can gather and share the joy and fun of the year together. But David Stern just won't let me have fun. I still have to go to Las Vegas." Yao Ming grumbled and is still p@ssed that he had to be at the NBA All Stars. He wanted to stay home to be with his family (and girl friend) for the Chinese New Year, but he had no way but to travel to Las Vegas for the NBA All Stars activities.
  • In the past 4 NBA All Stars, Yao Ming always wanted to indulge himself and enjoy the All Stars, but it was just not in his character and personality. This year is even worst. While the other All Stars maybe having fun in the casino roulettes or craps or partying, Yao Ming needs to persevere on his rehabilitation training.
  • He will leave Houston coming Thursday (USA time) for Las Vegas, the day the Houston Rockets play Dallas Mavericks. He said he is not going to miss watching this game from the national telecast from TNT. He still had no idea of what is waiting there for him in Las Vegas. He only knew that he had to be present during the Roundtable Media/Press Conference and the All Stars Game on Sunday, and he had to stay there for 4 days. Anthony Falsone, his personal trainer will travel with him. "I won't idle myself, and I need to make full use of every minutes for my rehabilitation. I want to return to court as soon as I possibly can."
  • February 12 was just an ordinary day. The Rockets' team practice started 11:00am, and by 13:30pm, every Rockets had left. But the lights in the training hall did not go out until 15:45pm in the afternoon. It was only then Yao Ming and Tom Thibodeau called it a day for his rehabilitation and went to the changing room. Yao Ming spent more than 6 hours on that day in Toyota Centre. He was all in sweat, drank alot of water, had changed his training jersey twice, all soaked with sweat.
  • "I have formally started my shooting practice. In the following 2 weeks, I have to do something quick to adjust my body conditions." Yao Ming now weighs 310 pounds. Per Jeff Van Gundy's instructions, Yao Ming now needs to slash his weight to be 295 pounds. 295 pounds is currently viewed as the optimal weight for Yao Ming. Being too light will affect Yao Ming's dominance under the low post, but the original-set 310 pounds will be of too much burden to Yao Ming's knees and legs, and that could be one of the reasons why he got consecutive injuries to the his knees/legs.
  • So Yao Ming now goes on his diet. In fact, he was always cautious in his diet control. He always drank mineral water. He never took any carbonhydrates or fried food. And he was also stepping up the intensity of his jogging. He now not only jogged on the jogging machine. He now ran on a small piece of grass lawn outside. He had to wear a long brace supporter on his right leg; (Tracy McGrady also used to wear such brace supporter during his rehabilitation).
  • Yao Ming easily tired out after some repeated jogging on the grass lawn. But the soreness on his leg muscles did not worry him much, because he knew those were just normal signs of not running for a long while. He is confident that in 2 to 3 weeks time, those soreness in the leg muscle will disappear, and he will be able to run up and down the basketball court again.
  • After his jogging, he patted the brace supporter on his right leg, and said: "I need to get adapted to the brace supporter as soon as I possibly can, as I will need to wear it for the rest of this season."
  • The Houston Rockets did not push Yao Ming for his return; it was Yao Ming pushing himself for a quick return to court. According to the doctors, he was sort of ahead of schedule in his recuperation, but Yao Ming was still not satisfied. He wished he could be back to be with his team mates as soon as possible. The performance of his team mates in his absence just startled him, and it also made him want to return to play soonest he can, so as to end this season with great results. "I am confident that this will be one of my greatest personal best seasons in my career."
  • So for the following 2 weeks, Yao Ming will be on his own in his active rehabilitation. He will strive to get back into his competitive form and shape, and then he will rejoin team practice. He will need another 10 days to gel and recover the chemistry with his team mates. "No one is 100% sure to tell when I can return. I wish I can return to court by early March. I know it might be too early, but you know, I have always been quicker in recovering from my injuries."
  • So the NBA All Stars Weekend is approaching, but Yao Ming's heart and mind is all set on his rehabilitation. He asked Anthony Falsone: "Can we book basketball courts in Las Vegas ?" Anthony Falsone said: "Don't worry. It has already been booked."

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