Rockets Not Ready for Yao Ming’s Return (But He Is)

by December 14, 2010

Let’s just say that the Yao and the medical staff in Houston aren’t seeing eye-to-eye these days, and it has nothing to do with the height difference. From the Chronicle: “Yao Ming said he feels like he is ready to play . The Rockets center has not been cleared to rejoin the team’s workouts because team doctors want him to strengthen the muscles in his left ankle, weakened since his Nov. 10 injury. ‘I’m waiting for the green light,’ Yao said. ‘When? I don’t know. I feel better. It still has some weakness. I’m just not ready to sit out for almost 20 games, particularly when I feel I’m OK. I know when I was in the walking boot, on the crutches, OK, I understand. I won’t push the trainer or the doctor. They all try to treat me the best that they can. I know they try to find the best way for me to get back on the court.’ Yao would not say if he would be playing if the decision were his to make, but when asked if he has made it known how he feels, he laughed and said, ‘I tell them every day.’ Coach Rick Adelman said he has not been told when Yao will be cleared to practice.”