Yao Ming is done.
The fans do not want to talk about it. Houston Rockets management doesn’t want to discuss this. David Stern and the National Basketball Association do not want to hear it. The entire country of China does not want any of this to be true. I’ll step up and admit it. I am not in denial. I think Yao Ming is finished. The Great Wall of Yao is a shadow of what he used to be no matter what you fans say. I just do not see it anymore. He’s no longer this worldly superstar threat. Simply put too many injuries on his legs. One person cannot handle all of that.
2005 through 2009 has been just filled with injuries left and right. He developing osteomyelitis in the big toe on his left foot, and surgery was performed on the toe on December 18, 2005. He broke his right knee on December 23, 2006 while attempting to block a shot. On February 26, 2008, Yao missed the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot. Then he got injured again with a broken bone in his left foot and will undergo surgery in order to repair it. It has been reported that Yao will most likely miss the entire 2009–10 season. This is just too much.
The first Asian player to be taken number one in any NBA Draft, he was labeled a potential bust coming in to the league. He proved people wrong, didn’t he? You knew he was a unique player when the Rockets usually let him shoot technical free throws. Didn’t Charles Barkley kiss a donkey’s ass for betting against Yao to score 19 points in one game during his rookie year? Those times were fun. He was blossoming in to an MVP player. I knew he was not a bust, but he looked like an injury plagued player.
Those years when he was playing with Steve Francis must have been killing him. The guy wasn’t Chris Paul, Deron Williams, or Avery Johnson. Yao’s numbers would have been higher if Francis just did not dribble the ball so much like it was an And 1 street ball game. Then he had to play with Rafer Alston. Come to think of it, he never got to play with a pure distributor.
And he still managed to put up “20/10” games consistently when he was healthy. In 2008-2009, The Rockets finally advanced to the second round without the other injury plagued star, Tracy McGrady. It’s bittersweet for the franchise to finally get there and to lose both stars in the process. Is it time to ponder about the possibilities of trading Yao Ming? He can never be healthy just like Gilbert Arenas. Missing the entire 2009-2010 season is not a good look either. Playing for the Chinese government in the summer without proper rest is partly to blame – another case of being overworked.
What do you do with the Rockets knowing that Yao Ming is like this? Plug away at it or jump ship to rebuild now?