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Thursday, June 9th, 2011 at 9:40 am  |  20 responses

Yao Ming: ‘I Don’t Even Know if I Can Play Again’


Here’s yet another completely depressing story in which Yao Ming talks about the possibility of never playing basketball again. Sigh. From Reuters (via China Daily): “The towering Houston Rockets center, China’s most recognizable athlete, told CCTV he could not predict when, or indeed if, he would fully recover from a serious ankle fracture suffered last November. ‘I don’t know if I would join some champion team in the future,’ the China Daily quoted him as saying when asked about leaving a new-look Rockets team. ‘I don’t even know if I can play again.’ Yao, however, said the prospect of playing in front of his baby daughter Amy gave him extra motivation to continue his injury-plagued career in the NBA. ‘I wish she could watch me play and even win a championship,’ Yao said. ‘Not only see through video highlights how her dad played. She is definitely a big motivation for me to continue, although my foot still needs lots of treatment. Walking or jogging is okay… but I need to get 80 percent of my strength back to play. I have got only about 30 percent at most now.’ Yao confessed he was not sure how he would fit in with the plans of new Rockets coach Kevin McHale. ‘A championship ring has become not so important in my plans,’ Yao said. ‘My main thought for the next 10 years is to look after my family and continue my community activities.’”

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  • MikeC.

    Get well big man. The league is a better place with Yao in it.

  • greg

    i think he should call it quits, if he comes back he will risk further injury and he still has to live the rest of his life after basketball, its just not worth it unless he can be a boarderline all star

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Greg Oden can only hope to have your career. I hope you come back healthy, even if I don’t believe it will happen. For putting a country on your back, I’d say you did pretty damn well, Yao.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    It was a good run big man. And co-sign MikeC!

  • kev

    Yao was great for the NBA. I really hope he is able to come back and play

  • EmCee

    Long… Live…. THE EMPEROR!

  • Drew

    He’ll always live on in NBA 2K11.

  • don

    get well man. wishing you the best.

  • Stainless

    @drew they removed him from the game when he went to turkey

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If only Zydrunas Ilgauskas could give Yao his Nobel(?) Prize winning feet. I wish Yao had a long healthy career, he really could have been even more of an absolute force.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Just call it quits Yao, you don’t need to risk further injuries and go to all the rehab over and over again.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    cosign kev. yao was a very good player who had the potential to be great. would’ve loved to have seen how having him for the entirety of the second round in 09 vs. LA could’ve changed the outcome for the rockets. plus, he’s always seemed like a good guy to me.

  • 6marjons

    its a sad sad situation

  • asgf

    Even i feel sorry for this guy

  • manigault

    i think he even doubts himself

  • dsleepy

    there is life after basketball, and i’m glad he’s got some perspective. love this guy, wish him the best regardless of what his future endeavors may be. a great person, not just a great basketball player.

  • madterps

    China made him play in basketball tournament even he’s injuried. He was too loyal to the government to say no, but he should’ve. Imagine if he didn’t grind it out all the time during the offseason, that would’ve saved him lots of problem. We will miss you big man…

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

    So much class…

  • ab40

    he just got too heavy. it’s a sad story I hope he get’s healthy fast

  • Waskito

    One of the good guy in NBA……

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