June 30, 2009

Yao Ming Foot Injury, Missing Entire Season & Maybe Career!

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Yao Ming Foot Injury, Missing Entire Season & Maybe Career!

Casting a degree of doubt on Yao Ming’s immediate and long-term NBA future, Rockets team physician Tom Clanton on Monday described the extent of the Yao Ming's foot injury that means he is missing the entire season. And with the league’s free-agent shopping season set to begin at 11 p.m. today, the Rockets will quickly discover how far the shock waves reach.

Yao Ming's foot injury has worsened and could be severe enough to threaten his entire next season or even his career, depending on the success of potential treatments he could choose, Clanton said.

Less than two weeks ago, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said the team is committed to building around Yao. “Yao,” Morey said before the latest test results, “is the cornerstone of our franchise now and in the future.”

Now Morey might have to start rebuilding without him. He could try a more conservative approach by immobilizing the foot in hopes the hairline fracture in his left tarsal navicular bone will heal on its own, as doctors predicted it would when Yao’s season ended May 8. Because Yao has no pain or other symptoms, Clanton said there is reason to be optimistic that approach could work.

But Clanton also revealed Monday that a CT scan showed Yao’s injury not only failed to heal as expected but has gotten worse, potentially requiring a surgical remedy.

Yao Ming Foot Injury, Missing Entire Season

Posted at June 30, 2009 4:54 AM

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