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Yao Ming's foot injury could be 'career-threatening'

Los Angeles Times 29.06.2009 20:53
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming pauses during a press conference while talking about a stress fracture he suffered to his left foot in Game 3 of Western Conference semifinals on May 10.

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming pauses during a press conference while talking about a stress fracture he suffered to his left foot in Game 3 of Western Conference semifinals on May 10.


The Houston Rockets team physician says the 7-foot-6 center could miss next season, and reports state that representatives are concerned Yao will never play again.



Houston -- Houston Rockets center Yao Ming's broken left foot could be a "career-threatening" injury.

Dr. Tom Clanton, the Rockets' team physician, told the Houston Chronicle on Monday that Yao's injury "has the potential for him missing this next season and could be career-threatening."

Yahoo Sports first reported that the Rockets and Yao's representatives were concerned the 7-foot-6 All-Star would never play again. Yahoo Sports quoted "multiple league executives, officials close to Yao and two doctors with knowledge of the diagnoses."

Yao suffered a hairline fracture of the tarsal navicular bone late in a 108-94 loss to the Lakers in Game 3 of the second round of the playoffs at Houston. The team said last week the injury hasn't healed and he was out indefinitely.

Yao played in 77 regular-season games in 2008-09, his most injury-free year since 2004-05, when he played in 80. Before last season, Yao missed chunks of the previous three seasons because of leg and foot injuries.


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