Yao Ming Underwent Ankle Surgery; Future Murky

by January 07, 2011

After going under the knife, Yao released a statement that did nothing to clarify what the future holds for his career. The Houston Chronicle reports: “Yao Ming’s first decision was not difficult. He did not have much of a choice and opted to undergo surgery Thursday to repair the fracture in his left ankle. The next decision remains less certain. Yao, 30, indicated in a statement Thursday that he has not decided whether to try another comeback and return to the court, though many of his consultations with physicians have been about the prospects for continuing his career, an indication that he hopes to play again. Yao faces seven to 10 months of rehabilitation, according to Rockets team physician Dr. Walter Lowe. After six consecutive seasons with bone injuries, Yao, 7-6, has not said if he will attempt to resume his career next season. ‘I’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing support,’ Yao said in a statement. ‘I know this will be another long rehab, but I’m looking forward to beginning my recovery. I will use this time to consider all of my options and will make a decision regarding my career plans as I get closer to the end of my rehab.'”