Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will be out for the remainder of the season with a season-ending foot injury that might require surgery. Yao has a stress fracture injury on his left foot and even if he chooses not to undergo surgery, he will still have to sit out the rest of the season. If Yao decides to go under the knife, the procedure would involve placing metal screws across the bones on his foot to hold it together. The other option would be placing a cast on the injured foot and let it heal. Both procedures would need a healing period of four or more months and this leaves Yao with actually no choice. One way or another, Yao will surely miss the rest of the season.
Yao’s injury is a huge blow to the surging Rockets. If the Rockets continue to win and get a playoff spot, they will have to continue without their Chinese center.
“This is a very difficult day for the organization and our fans. We’ve been playing exceptional ball, and Yao has been a huge part of that.” Rockets GM Daryl Morey said in an interview.
Yao is averaging 22.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in 55 games this season. The Rockets needs to put things together and find ways to make up for the scoring and rebounding void Yao left. The Rockets will now rely on the 17-year veteran center Dikembe Mutombo, who played in only 14 games this season, to take the spot of Yao. Chuck Hayes, Luis Escola and Carl Landry will most likely play extended minutes to put up the numbers previously contributed by Yao.