So that silly little foot injury that knocked Rockets big man Yao Ming out of the NBA Playoffs may also keep him on the shelf for all of 2009-2010. Reports are conflicting as to how much time Yao is expected to miss. If I had a dollar for every time one of these Chinese sat out of games because of a broken left foot. From SI.com, who has no annoying autoplay videos on their site that I can find:
Yao suffered a hairline fracture of the tarsal navicular bone late in a May 8 playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers. 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 previous three seasons with leg and foot injuries.
Like many of the NBA’s stars, Yao had a limited offseason last summer while competing in the Beijing Olympics. I’m sure soaking that foot in mop water hasn’t helped much. Fortunately, tall Chinese players are a bit of an aberration, like four-leaf clovers and games where Tracy McGrady actually plays.