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http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-yaorockets062909&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

According to Yahoo! resources, Yao Ming could miss all of the 2009-2010 season and maybe a little bit longer.

Yao Ming is no stranger to injuries as he has had 4 surgeries in the past 3 years but only missed 5 games last season before injuring himself again in the second round to what would be the eventual champion Lakers.

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It is a shame that the Rockets are in the middle of maze here with no opening here. Yao potentially could be forced to retire before the age of 30.

It didn't do him any good going into last summer's Olympics and competing for his native country of China. I understand he has loyalty to his country; however, if the injury does end his young NBA career, he may not even be able to compete for China in 2012.

It is not definite that he will be forced to retire; but if you look at his history and the impact he puts on his 7-foot-6 body, it may be sooner than some of think or would want to think.

It is shame such injuries force sports players to retire especially when they have some good years left in them. I hope the season's rest will do him good and come back to compete. But don't be surprised if the Rockets don't hold on that long....
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    Originally posted by The Game
    It didn't do him any good going into last summer's Olympics and competing for his native country of China. I understand he has loyalty to his country; however, if the injury does end his young NBA career, he may not even be able to compete for China in 2012.


Do you think he had/has any choice on whether he plays for China or not?



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Yao is also one of the last fun big men to watch, because when he's got it going he is a beast and there aren't too many guys that play oldschool big man anymore. I feel bad for him, because the league is full of cocks that could give two shits about the game, but Yao really seemed to enjoy it. At least he conducted himself that way.

I doubt Yao would take anything he did on the court in the NBA or for China back. It's the sad thing about NBA big BIG men, they're window is really short, much like an NFL running back. Hopefully the next team that gets the next great big man rations out his minutes better. You might want to have a guy like Yao out there for 30-35 minutes a night, but history has shown these guys shouldn't play more than 25.

The Rockets are fucked.
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    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
      Originally posted by The Game
      It didn't do him any good going into last summer's Olympics and competing for his native country of China. I understand he has loyalty to his country; however, if the injury does end his young NBA career, he may not even be able to compete for China in 2012.


    Do you think he had/has any choice on whether he plays for China or not?


I don't think the Rockets necessarily had a problem with him playing for China in the Olympics. The issue was Yao playing in scores of other international competitions for China in past summers when he could have been resting.



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Or it could just be that he's seven and a half freaking feet tall. How many players around his size have had their bodies fail them? Walton, Smits... the extra-big man who has a long career playing meaningful time is a rarity.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.16
    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
      Originally posted by The Game
      It didn't do him any good going into last summer's Olympics and competing for his native country of China. I understand he has loyalty to his country; however, if the injury does end his young NBA career, he may not even be able to compete for China in 2012.


    Do you think he had/has any choice on whether he plays for China or not?


Ultimately, yes. Like Big Bad and I will agree with him that the Rockets didn't have a problem with him competing in the Summer Olympics but he could have used that time to be resting and based on his history, he could have used that rest. Now he will be resting for at least an entire season and hopefully that rest will serve him better and not be forced to retire at an early age in his NBA career.
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