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FOXSPORTS: Yao's injury may hasten Houston's downfall

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by bigkstrong, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. bigkstrong

    bigkstrong Contributing Member

    Jun 27, 2003
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    I didn't see it in here and just reporting. Here is the link: http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9746608/Yao's-injury-may-hasten-Houston's-downfall

    A few years back I made a prediction that I'm sorry to say has apparently come to pass. On this site, I reported that a friend of mine, who happened to be both a hooper and a distinguished orthopedic surgeon, diagnosed Yao as suffering from a condition known as gigantism.

    Because of the "overgrowth" of his bones and the subsequent insufficiency of an adequate blood supply, Yao was therefore extremely vulnerable to various fractures. Indeed, his career has been devastated by exactly these infirmities.

    Yao Ming's broken left foot hasn't healed. (Bill Baptist / Getty Images)

    Playing in the NBA was stressful enough to put Yao's skeletal system at great risk — and competing in the Beijing Olympics with his penultimate fracture not completely healed certainly precipitated this current disaster.

    The bad news out of Houston is that Yao's latest broken bone hasn't healed, which may cause him to miss next season and might even terminate his basketball career — certainly a personal tragedy for one of the league's best and best-liked players. But the ball keeps bouncing, and the Rockets' plans have also been fractured.

    Without Yao, Houston did manage to provide the stiffest competition during the Lakers' championship drive. However, although they hung tough for seven games against L.A., playing at such a high level for 82 games is quite another story.

    So what does Houston do now?

    It suddenly makes no sense to sign Ron Artest to a high-end, long-term contract when the Rockets' championship hopes are busted. As he approaches his 30th birthday, Ron-Ron can still play belligerent defense against most opponents — although he has lost a half-step and can no longer keep up with the young jet-setters. Plus, he should be able to post-up with profit, create his own shots and continue his streaky perimeter shooting for another few years. But Artest is more of a complementary than a franchise player.

    Obviously, Houston's remaining big men — Luis Scola, Chuck Hayes and Joey Dorsey — are deficient in both stature and inside presence. And if there's no monster in the midway for Artest to work off of, then his talents will be wasted.

    The best scenario for the Rockets is to arrange a sign-and-trade deal for Artest. But this is a tricky and a risky proposition and will work only if a team with legitimate championship hopes — Denver? Boston? Orlando? Chicago? — believes Artest can push them over the top.

    What else might the Rockets do to save their season?

    Make a trade: The catch here is that Tracy McGrady is ostensibly their biggest chip. Yet he's been on the market awhile, but because of his soft skills, overall physical fragility and the time he'll undoubtedly miss while/if his recent micro-fracture surgery heals, prospective trading partners have only offered various collections of marginal players.

    Carl Landry and Shane Battier are useful performers who might be exchanged for mid-level players. In fact, Battier will be 31 in September and might be more attractive to a contending team than T-Mac is. But Battier's maturity and willingness to sacrifice would be almost as difficult to replace as Yao will be. And Landry has the stuff to be a starter on a good team.

    Against the Lakers, Aaron Brooks demonstrated flashes of All-Star caliber talent — and might attract some interesting offers. But, if they deal Brooks, do the Rockets want to place their immediate future in the hands of one of their rookie guards? Probably not. Indeed, what would be the cost to land a guy like Chris Kaman? Probably a handful of players as well as future draft picks, but with Kaman and without Artest, Battier and/or Brooks, the Rockets would still be grounded.

    Sign a free agent: Too bad there's no unrestricted space-eating monsters on the board. Neither Rasheed Wallace, Carlos Boozer, Anderson Varejao, Drew Gooden or Chris Andersen would even remotely replace what Yao brought to the Rockets' mix.

    Houston's Big 3 of Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming and Ron Artest might be down to zero. (Rocky Widner / Getty Images)

    Draft a big: Oops, too late. Jermaine Taylor and Sergio Llull are guards. And at a too-timid 6-foot-7, Chase Budinger would ordinarily be a long-shot to make the team's rotation.

    In fact, given that a sign-and-trade involving Artest isn't fruitful, there's only one option that makes sense: Clean house, free up as much cap room as possible, and then be a big-time player in the zillion-dollar free-agent market a year from now.

    That means getting whatever they can for T-Mac: an expiring veteran with an expiring contract, a future draft pick, or some talented bench-bound youngster who hasn't shown any signs of fulfilling his potential.

    That also means bearing the pain of trading Battier.

    Brooks and Landry, however, are keepers — just in case a surprise package falls into their laps and the Rockets can still see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

    However, no matter how skillfully the Rockets can wheel and deal in the next few months, that light is likely to be the headlight of an onrushing train.
  2. StevieFlight3

    StevieFlight3 Member

    Feb 26, 2003
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    Old knews, these remature articles need to stop. Reading Ric Bucher's article is enough.
  3. steddinotayto

    steddinotayto Contributing Member

    Aug 10, 2001
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    charley rosen needs to die.
  4. Raven

    Raven Member

    Jul 24, 2002
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    His conclusion is the correct one. The only sensible thing to do is rebuild. Even if Yao comes back, the Rockets would be insane to re-sign him. It would be a huge signal to season ticket holders that Chinese sponsorships are more important than winning Championships, so I think even Les will accept the inevitable, that Yao cannot and should not be part of our long term plans.

    Too many things would have to magically come together to make next season successful, and it's just not worth chasing that rainbow. Better to tear it down and rebuild with players on the south side of 25.
  5. t_mac1

    t_mac1 Contributing Member

    Jan 10, 2008
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    if we can somehow trick other teams into trading for yao and get back #1 picks or another all-star, we need to do that to avoid rebuilding. we can still compete at a high level with an amare or a chris bosh.

    then try to trade tracy for another 2guard and we'll be set to go once again.

    but no team would want to touch those 2 right now
  6. durvasa

    durvasa Contributing Member

    Feb 11, 2006
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    I've never heard or read anywhere other than from Charlie Rosen that Yao suffers from gigantism. Do they not do fact checking at foxsports?
  7. saleem

    saleem Contributing Member

    Jan 1, 2001
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    You're right. He doesn't suffer from that at all. Gigantism causes expansion and overgrowth of organs,the face,head and extremities. Yao has small hands for his size which refutes any chances of him having gigantism. This is the second time I've heard Rosen make this claim.
  8. jlwee

    jlwee Member

    Apr 25, 2003
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    Rosen's friend, the orthopedic surgeon, should be out of job now.
    Gigantism doesn't need to diagnose, from the look you know one is suffered from gigantism ala Andre the Giant, Gheorge Muresum etc. And Yao is definitely not one of them!
  9. lalala902102001

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  10. thacabbage

    thacabbage Contributing Member

    Jun 30, 1999
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    was thinking just that - very amusing that he has somehow concluded that this latest prognosis validates his prior claim.
  11. Pat

    Pat Contributing Member
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    Feb 2, 2002
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    I'm confused, who are those rookie (point) guards.
  12. wstar

    wstar Member

    May 19, 2002
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    This guy never gets enough of blasting the Rockets with his garbage. Every article is the same. It a pretty tired act, but I guess it pays the bills for the sorry Mr. Rosen. At least I save the time not needing to read it.
  13. MadMax

    MadMax Contributing Member

    Sep 19, 1999
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    also, FoxSports is reporting that water is wet.
  14. RyanB

    RyanB Member

    Apr 30, 2009
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    you're right!
    back to rebuilding!! :(
  15. rimbaud

    rimbaud Contributing Member
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    Nov 3, 1999
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    Why would the Rockets rebuild by trading and expiring McGrady for an expiring contract? Aside from the idiocy of using a foot fracture to promote his ridiculous diagnosis from two years ago (did Z and Walton also have giantism?) I found his whole handling of McGrady to be comical.

    First he says that teams don't want McGrady because he might not be very good next year and then he says what I quoted about trading him for an expiring. Pure awesome.

    Finally, a sign and trade with Artest? Good luck getting equal talent with that, Charlie. The real choice for Artest is only sign and keep or let walk. Nothing else makes much sense.

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