Don’t Believe The Yao Hype!

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Posted by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – As far as international stirs go, nothing riles up the masses from Houston to Beijing  like these “Yao says he may quit if foot doesn’t heal” headlines you’ve probably already seen.

Here’s a little advice, don’t believe the hype.

The folks in the know, mainly Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, aren’t giving the buzz coming from China, where Yao Ming was quoted about what he’d do if he suffered another foot injury, any credence. Morey issued a statement that should calm any fears Rockets fans have of their All-Star center hanging it up anytime soon:

“Yao Ming is working diligently on his return and has consistently received positive feedback at each of his scheduled medical checkups. He is currently participating in on-court basketball workouts and we continue to expect him to be ready for the start of training camp which begins on September 25th.”

That works for us here at the hideout.

Yao’s comments to the assembled media in his native land (“If the foot injury does not heal next season, I might choose to call it quits”) sent people over the edge. And we’ll admit, Yao’s injury history — he has seen each of his last five seasons interrupted or ended by bone injuries — raises some red flags.  But big men his size always have to deal with injury issues.

That said, we’re not expecting Yao to go anywhere anytime soon. He’s 30 and should still have plenty of All-Star caliber basketball in him. In addition, Morey has assembled some quality frontcourt pieces around their big man — Luis Scola, Brad Miller, David Andersen, Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries and the always-reliable Chuck Hayes will all help take the pressure off of Yao.

We’re just not buying into any of this retirement hype surrounding Yao.

And with him healthy, the Rockets could certainly make some serious noise in the Western Conference playoff chase this season.

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43 Comments

  1. jack says:

    DONT GET ME WRONG LEBRON I LIKE AS A PLAYER BUT ALL THE GREAT ONES LEARN BY WATCHING GREAT ONES SO LEBRON SHOULD JUST SIT BACK AND RELAX AND LEARN FROM THE MASTER THAT WHICH IS KOBE BRYANT I DONT WANT TO COME OFF OR APPEAR AS BEING COCKY BUT KOBE RIGHT NOW IS THE BEST NOT BECAUSE I AM A LAKER FAN BUT JUST SEEING THE FACTS FOR WHAT THEY ARE

  2. jack says:

    KOBE GAT RINGS HOW IS IT YOU DARE SAY LEBRON IS THE KING FOR ONE HE HAS NO CROWN. FOR TWO HE COULD NEVER FILL KOB’S SHOE. FOR THREE KOBE IS A BETTER PLAYER UNDER PRESSURE. FOR FOUR KOBE PLAYS BETTER WITH INJURY. FOR FIVE LEBRON TAKES AWAY FROM THE POINT GUARD THAT IS WHY HE IS ABLE TO ACCUMILATE SO MANY ASSIST AND TRIPLE DOUBLES. WITH KOBE HE LETS THE POINT GUARD RUN THE BALL THAT IS WHY HE IS SO SUCCESSFUL

  3. Jacked Up says:

    i think houston will become a formidable season opponent when yao plays….the rockets did well even without yao….man, with ariza guarding you, queen james has nowhere to go but to pass the ball.

  4. player says:

    plus kobe did ot when gme 7 pao and ron did so clm dwn go heat and heat fan u nt a heat fan mark

  5. player says:

    and its dwades town and team queen james is a prince on this team

  6. English Ball Player says:

    Big z had the same problem and hes still chugging along, he will be back yao, and if houston can get the same out of scola and brooks i think they can get into the playoffs but this year the leagues been blown apart.

  7. Xtian says:

    in basketball this days centers often get injured because they always are getting banged inside the paint. even centers like shaquille o’neal and patrick ewing suffered great amount of injuries. remember the career of bill walton, one of the best centers of his era suffered one of the most injury prone careers in the nba. and Yao’s height doesnt help either. being that tall make one’s body more fragile than other centers. remember how george muresan ended his career, through injury.

  8. OH yeAH says:

    Oh THats what LBj MENTIONing ALl ABOut WHEn Hess NOt PlayinG GOod B-bALL
    SomeonE Must Step UP bIG

    BUt IN HIS CAse NO one Step up

    I blAME THe coAch OF ClevelaND FOr USing SHAQ

    HES TOo SLOW

  9. Dongz23 says:

    Rex Diezmo, remember in your history that not all the proclaimed kings succeeded. The usual basis before is the physical strength of a person and nothing more. That’s why there is a successful kingdom and a fallen one. If that is our basis in naming the king in the NBA right now, then maybe LBJ would be the king for sure. The way he plays in the court is unstoppable. But in a team/emperor that he had previously, how your going to rate him, a KING or a FALLEN one?. For me hes not, why because right now the basis for a king must be the PHYSICAL which is the ability to play greatness on and off the court. Second and the last one that will explains the rest is FOCUS. When you have them both then surely you will be a king. For now LBJ or KOBE, who is the king for you? For me is KOBE, just base it last season. Kobe had an injuries all though out the season but he never gave himself the chance to quit. He made six buzzer beater shots (with a shooting finger injury) and a drained knee during the second round of the playoffs and the finals. Now who has more focus between the two?Still LBJ, ooh lets not also forget the game that he had against the celtics in the second round of the playoffs when he had his first field goal in the 3rd quarter with i think 6 minutes left.REASON?LEFT ELBOW INJURY without any solid causes.

  10. REX DIEZMO says:

    THAT’S WHY LEBRON IS CALLED KING!!!!

    • roger gonzalez says:

      im the king!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bwisit mo tanan!!!!! hahahah

    • lbj drama queen says:

      yah.. lebron is the king.. king of quitting.. if he has to team up with wade to beat kobe.. then put him in the same league as pippen, dennis johnson and rodman..

  11. REX DIEZMO says:

    IF KOBE IS THE EMPEROR WHY NOT CHALLENGE HIM LBJ LET SEE WHO’S THE KING. ANY PLAYER IN N.B.A. TODAY HAS NO MATCH ON LBJ ONE ONE CENTER FORWARD GUARD. AND THAT IS THE REALITY

  12. Dongz23 says:

    Injuries for big men in the NBA is true except maybe for Tim Duncan. .He may not be the best in rebounds, the best stopper, but he could score as one the other elites in the league. Look at him, the way he plays is just very simple. Its just a matter of FOOTWORK that makes him great.

  13. beatbishop says:

    These guys need to take more supplements for bone, joint, and cartilage health and do more stretching and swimming.. That’s how grant hill got his career back.

  14. Jawo says:

    In the late 80’s, Bird played with an injured back. Still he played 38-39 min per game. Though he would eventually retire because of this injury. Rockets should get another all-star caliber player to help Yao carry the load.

  15. zzanzabar says:

    How did Kobe and Lebron get into a discussion about big men and their injuries? Uggh! I would give anything if just for once someone didn’t cloud the discussion with chest beating braggadocio about these two.

  16. catt says:

    Kobe is the Emperor of the NBA….

  17. GO HEAT says:

    Some one’s gotta stop Kobe!!! If Lebron & Wade on the same team can’t beat Kobe & the Lakers, Than NO ONE CAN!

  18. HEAT FAN!!! says:

    Lebron couldn’t beat Kobe & neither could wade. So it’s only fitting that they team up to try to beat Kobe together! I hope they do, cuz if not than this will only make Kobe look even better than he already does! Let’s go Heat!

  19. Rocket fan_believeit or not says:

    Guys, I will tell you this, I am 26 and been a Rocket fan since I was 8 Yao is not done yet, and yes his bones are going to be part of a wide injury history forever, but I also agree with Kevin saying that Rocket coaches and staff are not thinking that in order to have a healthier Yao this season they should not demmand getting 40 minutes ouf of him per game. He has talent and size but his body will only resist punishment for like 30 minutes a game. If they do this, Yao will probably be playing in around 75 seasons during regular season, I am not proud of my team’s last couple of years results but they do have an energetic frontcourt that can compete toughly every night.

    Just by adding one or two other tough players to the backcourt that can substitute Kevin Martin and we might be one of the 8 on the west and probably reach even the conference semi’s.

  20. zzanzabar says:

    It is true about Wilt but believe me he was a freak of nature. His case was a rare one indeed, for the most part centers like Shaq and Wilt are the exceptions to the average large athlete. I remember there were a few games where stars were rested throughout the season, but today because they are such a draw teams (and players) feel obligated to give their fans ‘their monies worth’.

  21. Your moms bf says:

    You seem to forget that Yao has numerous FULL SEASONS of playing Basketball,not only in the NBA, but in the China World team as well;Thats what hurt him.Playimg year-round,not the Rockets coaches……Jeez.Its like some post to seem right on a juncture,to only be wrong.

  22. da Boss says:

    its not just Yao and Oden…look at all the big men as soon as they come into the league; they’re always gettin hurt or havin some kind of surgery. all those surgeries early in their career is gna cut it short. this past season Blake Griffin ‘got hurt’ and had some surgery, and Andrew Bynum still has to play a FULL SEASON. you know they say that big men take longer to play NBA caliber ball…i dont know why tho. i mean, if they dominated in the college/international ranks they SHOULD be able to come into the league and make an impact of some sort instead of making their current teams make them wait for the player…..

  23. Bunty says:

    Take the big three out of miami and take kobe pau and ron out of LA and see who has the better team

  24. lilt says:

    i think lakers still have a chance to win next year. cause kobe finger is going to get better. and artest shooting is going to be crazy.
    .

    • LAKERS says:

      The LAKERS have a chance?!!!!!!!!! They are or should be the favorites!!!! Look at Miamis team from top to bottom and look at the LAKERS from top to bottom. The LAKERS make the heat look silly!!

      • G Lu says:

        Uhh…
        Lakers:
        Fisher
        Bryant
        Artest
        Pau
        Bynum
        Odom
        Heat:
        ???
        Wade
        James
        Bosh
        ???
        ???
        Lets see… the heat only have 3 players, omg!!!

  25. Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat Fan says:

    Exactly!

  26. Kevin says:

    Who can tell me in NBA history any center played more minutes on average than this big Man. Rokets coaches are ruining Yao’s career!

    • basketball :D VC,LBJ,WILT says:

      you got it but wilt played loads when with philly

    • Rocket fan_believeit or not says:

      You are also right basketball :D VC,LBJ,WILT , but when Wilt used to dominate the league the game was not as quick as it is today, and there were not many centers strong enough to compete against him in terms of strenght, that is why he played much more time

    • Doomang says:

      Let’s see, Shaq, Dwight Howard, Patrick Ewing, Pre-kidney failure Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Kareem, the list goes on and on… Why don’t you research your statistics before making claims like that?

    • William says:

      Bill Russell, aka Mr. 11 rings.

  27. QuestionMark says:

    T-Mac too they traded him cuz he couldnt as well cuz of the injury like give him some time

  28. Zzanzabar says:

    Injury is part of the game, everyone knows this. What is amazing to me is the dire predictions and so called ‘team fans’ that give up on a player because of injury. If they were race horses the NBA would be littered with the dead bodies of players all over the courts due to ‘mercy killings’.

    All professional athletes, particularly those in the NBA, are amazing healers (why not they have the absolute best in health care). Injuries that would sideline the average Joe (or Josephine) for weeks, they overcome in days and usually play through them. The number of fans that have given up on the likes of Andrew Bynum of the Lakers is amazing. Here is a player who is 24 years old and hordes of Lakers fans consider him a ‘bust’ because of unavoidable injuries.

    Yao Ming is a HUGE guy and will put stress on his body day after day, this is a concern but with adequate care and the proper footwear he should be healthy for an entire season. Rick Adleman should take a page out of Phil Jackson’s book…rest your stars as much as you can, even if it means your reserves might cost you a game or two (yeah, I know…who am I to tell Adleman how to suck eggs).

    • QuestionMark says:

      Yea Agreed.. Greg Oden too.. im sure people forgot about him.. played 82 games in 3 seasons. thats gotta suck