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Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  16 responses

Yao Ming Unsure About His Return to Form

Yao expresses doubts — doubts that all clear-eyed Rockets fans already had — about his future as a dominant basketball player. Xinhuanet has the report (via China Daily): “Yao Ming has managed to come back from devastating injuries before. Every time, the All-star center has returned to his Houston Rockets to be the backbone of the NBA team. But now, at the age of 30 and still recovering a serious foot injury, China’s greatest basketball player doubts he will ever reach such lofty heights again. ‘I have no idea if I can return the peak of my form,’ the seven-time All-star center told China Daily in an exclusive interview on Wednesday in Beijing. ‘I have not been tested. I have not played competitive basketball since the injury even in the training. I cannot answer if I will return to my best.’ Yao took a break from his rehabilitation in the US to come back to China last Friday to prepare for his charity basketball game in Beijing. He admits he is racing against time to get fit for the new NBA season, which starts in October. ‘The intensity of my training is going up gradually because at least I feel good about my injury,’ he said. ‘But talk about recovering my form is nothing but nonsense and will only be realized if I can get through the next season smoothly. Then, you will see results after that season.”‘

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  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    good luck to him

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    This paper’s writing style is tinged with nationalistic pride.

  • oinestep

    this guy is done……..too tall and too soffffft

  • asmatic asiatic 02

    he can still give this squad a post presence. The rockets are a sleeper team in 2k10…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Damn, that was semi-depressing to read. Hoping for the best for him though. Speedy recovery!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Didn’t realize Yao was so old.

  • chingy

    Could have been one of the best bigs ever to play the game. Too bad injuries hampered him. Good luck!

  • Drew

    He’ll always been the most dominate center to ever play the game…in NBA 2k10 that is. Just turn off player injuries and he’s a true beast.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    if big z could do it, maybe yao can! but seriously, best of luck to him

  • Nashty

    I want Yao to come back quickly so the Taiwanese Jeremy Lin can scream “f**k China” after he dunks on him.

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Hes 30?!!? Damn. Its chinas fault, theyve been killing him every summer, when he needs to rest, esp being that big. Hes always been a joy to watch, esp when his offense is flowing. I remember watching his first game against shaq, and he blocked shaqs first 3 shots, legendary

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooo

    Hell Yea Yao Ming is a beast in 2k10. In my circle of friend we call him “The Only” as in the only 7’6 guy on the game. But the rocket jus need to bring him along slowley so he’ll be primed and ready for the playoffs. The rockets would’ve been had if not for his injury in ’08.

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooo

    The Lakers would’ve been had in ’08.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Damn, that goes by fast… Yao was like 22 when he came in the league… 8 years ago?!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nashty you’re a dumb@ss, Jeremy Lin would never do that. His family is FROM China, meaning they moved to Taiwan later.
    Also, contrary to the bullsh!t you hear, a lot of people in Taiwan feel connected with China–that’s why they haven’t split yet.
    And just to prove how stupid you are, the official name of Taiwan is “the Republic of China,” and there is no such race as Taiwanese… He’s “Taiwanese” because he’s from Taiwan, which makes sense, but people in Taiwan are Chinese. Chinese being a race (which includes many sub-divisions like Han).
    So shut up. Please and thank you.

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