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Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 10:02 pm  |  26 responses

Yao Ming Done for the Season

by Ryne Nelson

It seems like the third time it’s been reported this week alone, but this time the news is official: The ’10-11 season is over for Yao Ming.

The Rockets‘ big was the best center in the L for a brief minute, but injuries have become too much for the 7-6, 320+-pound Yao to handle. The Houston Chronicle reports:

Yao Ming’s season is certainly over. Less certain is whether his career will end, too.

Rockets team physician Walter Lowe said Friday that surgery is the “usual course of action” and “the smartest course of action.” Surgery would require seven to 10 months of rehabilitation to return to the court. Yao had not chosen a treatment plan and could opt to immobilize his left foot and ankle in the hopes it could heal on its own.

Will we see Yao Ming on an NBA court again? It depends on whether Yao wants to dedicate himself to playing.

A proud new father, Yao isn’t exactly stressed about his latest setback. As he told ESPN‘s Ric Bucher: “I haven’t died. Right now I’m drinking a beer and eating fried chicken. What were you expecting, a funeral?”

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  • http://www.thehoopscene.com lawlow

    damn

  • mike

    sad for the big guy…retirement?

  • LD

    He still got my all-star vote.

  • http://raptors.com Ghost

    Real shame, he’s done.

  • Ansonpanson

    lol at his comment.

  • Ansonpanson

    lol at his comment.

  • ClydeSays

    Sucks for him, but he’s got his head on straight. Drinking beer & eating chicken…

  • Jake

    I’d rather play basketball than drink beer and eat chicken. Honestly though, I think that the pounding his ankles take might have caught up to him. It’s weird considering Shaq is still in the league, but I would think that being so tall and heavy, running and jumping for 8 months out of the year would but copious amounts of stress on those bones. My bones ache and I’m 14 inches shorter and about 120 pounds lighter.

  • http://psp2423@yahoo.com Eboy

    what a bummer…most likely this is his last season the Rockets had their hopes high and they fell short.
    I wonder what Yao is going to do with his life now?

  • dma

    damn

  • http://studmuff73.blog.com/ Zabba

    The last time Yao had a season ending injury he said he’s gonna call it quits if he gets one more of those.

  • http://www.slamonline.com The Big Fundamental

    He should take a year or two off to heal and recover…. And @Eboy i’m pretty sure with all the money his made he’ll be just fine…

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Yeah he’s done. Rockets need to move on and build around youth. This probably means goodbye to Battier too, he isn’t going to be part of any title run they go on.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/12/yao-ming-done-for-the-season/ Kyle Gilles

    my good fellow.. thanks for everything, but its time to retire . Don’t be a Favre

  • Overtime

    One of the best guys in the league, shame it has to happen to him. Couldnt blame him if he choose retirement at this point

  • JD

    He probably will still be selected for the all star game

  • Hursty

    damn, so sad.

  • DaddySwag

    “I haven’t died. Right now I’m drinking a beer and eating fried chicken. What were you expecting, a funeral?”

    Love this man

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    He’ll do some missionary work, no?
    A class act for the ages.
    I would still put him in The Hall just off of this body of work for, he is truly the first of his kind.
    I hope he still tries to come back just to not have any possible regrets later on.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    fried chicken? i’m pretty sure yao is asian.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @Jono – he must have meant fried dumplings then? I’m sure Yao apologizes for his slip of the tongue.

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

    Co-sign The Philosopher.
    It’s been a great ride, Yao. It makes me sad to see him like this–but he’s right. His life extends beyond the basketball court. I’m still hoping he makes a come back in a few years just so we can see him playing again, but if he chooses to hang his laces up for good, who can blame him? One of my all-time favorite ball players and personalities of the NBA, who made the Houston Rockets my favorite team in the NBA–which I don’t see changing any time soon. Have a good life, big fella.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Breaking News:
    Suns trade Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson, and Earl Clark to Orlando for Vince Carter, Mikeal Pietrus, and Marcin Gortat.

  • WhyYouLying

    @jake man you probably only 5’4

  • OvaChicken

    He should stop plying ball for his own good.

  • Towelie

    What the hell fried chicken!

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