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08:14 AM ET 05.23 | Yao Ming's form looked fine while horsing around with a toy basketball and a team mascot, though just about everything about his basketball future remains up in the air. For those of us who would love to see him back in the NBA, Yao's words weren't so encouraging. The oft-injured big man has never sounded so unsure about his ability to recover from an injury. ... Yao is a proud player who works as hard as anyone in the sport, but his body has failed him. He didn't fail it. That body has taken its toll on his mind. With previous injuries, Yao always had been confident he would return. He has always spoken in an upbeat tone about his hard work in rehab and the reports from his doctors about his status. That isn't the case this time.

Houston Chronicle

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May 23, 2011  08:18 AM ET

Gee, I wonder what tipped them off THIS time around. <slight sarcasm>

May 23, 2011  08:20 AM ET

Excellent selling point to a prospective new coach.

Enjoy the view from the bottom for awhile, Rockets fans.

May 23, 2011  08:23 AM ET

How about a sequel to "Unbreakable" with Yao and Greg Oden teaming up against Bruce Willis?

May 23, 2011  08:23 AM ET
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Excellent selling point to a prospective new coach. Enjoy the view from the bottom for awhile, Rockets fans.

You do know they were pretty good this year WITHOUT Yao right? Word is that they would go above and beyond to get Gasol which I think would fit nicely down there.....

They need to make him into a backup and give him 10-16 minutes a game if he will accept that role...

May 23, 2011  08:24 AM ET

F it Pull a Grant Hill.....

May 23, 2011  08:26 AM ET

What a shame, Yao really showed flashes of greatness when he wasn't limping off the court. He opened the doors overseas but his career is a legacy of what might have been.

May 23, 2011  08:27 AM ET
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You do know they were pretty good this year WITHOUT Yao right?...

Yup... and I'm interested to see how much of that is because of the job Adelman did and how much is associated with the roster talent.

I still maintain Rick got screwed and the Lakers should grab him immediately unless Lionel Hollins somehow wiggles free of Memphis.

May 23, 2011  08:27 AM ET

I love Yao but I almost wish he would hang them up unless he's 100% sure his body can survive. He has had a nice career, but I think it just shows that when you stretch the human body to 7+' things will inevitably break down. From a purely athletic perspective, that's one reason I find Shaq's career so impressive is that until the last year or so he has stayed for the most part quite healthy while having such a large body.

May 23, 2011  08:31 AM ET

no shame in quitting, dude

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May 23, 2011  08:37 AM ET
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Hey, if you truly want to be there......accept the vet minimum

Thats what I was thinking or a 1 year 5 million dollar type of deal...Bc if he gets hurt the insurance will cover it anyways....

May 23, 2011  08:38 AM ET

If Houston is saying his carreer is offer, then trade him to Cleveland. We will get him his career back. We go the Cleveland Clinic.

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May 23, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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Actually, I think houston should just cut ties with himsame with portland and odenUnfortunately, these oft injured players have let the teams down far too oftenand both teams need to let them and their cursed mojo's goeven if they succeed and miraculously stay healthy elsewhere, its just time to move on

Not really following your logic but ok....If they can get a healthy Yao coming off the bench for 10-16 minutes a game then that is a huge piece they already have....You make it sound like these guys are trying to let the team down...

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May 23, 2011  09:07 AM ET
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You do know they were pretty good this year WITHOUT Yao right? Word is that they would go above and beyond to get Gasol which I think would fit nicely down there.....They need to make him into a backup and give him 10-16 minutes a game if he will accept that role...

If injuries are the big issue, he won't have any problems accepting a backup role.

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