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Yao's ankle only 30 percent

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08:08 AM ET 06.09 | Though Yao Ming has his motivation, his health is another matter. China's basketball icon, Yao Ming, says his baby daughter is a "tempting" incentive for him to continue his injury-plagued career, but his injured left ankle is only 30 percent of the way to a full recovery. "I wish she [Yao's daughter] could watch me play and even win a championship as she grows up and not only see through video highlights how her dad played before," Yao said during a recent interview with CCTV. The Houston Rockets' All-Star center brought his 1-year-old daughter, Amy, to China last month for the first time since her birth in the United States. "She is definitely a big motivation for me to continue my role as a player, although my foot still needs lots of treatment to meet the game's demands," said Yao.

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June 9, 2011  08:10 AM ET

Mind is willing... body is not.

Damn shame...

June 9, 2011  08:19 AM ET

Just keep recovering and when it gets well enough to play then come back as a really nice role player...Nothing wrong with that....

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June 9, 2011  08:48 AM ET

Just a thought....How come career ending injuries cant happen to horrible guys like Artest, Ricky Davis, Tinsley, Shawne Williams, Hughes, or just guys that are not humble and think the world owes them everything....

June 9, 2011  08:54 AM ET

yao will be a trade bait come draft day... getting thabeet frm grizz practically makes sense on being thrown out of bus

June 9, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

yao will be a trade bait come draft day... getting thabeet frm grizz practically makes sense on being thrown out of bus

You do realize he is a free agent right?

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June 9, 2011  09:20 AM ET

The fortune cookie say you're finished, Bro.

June 9, 2011  11:18 AM ET

How did he calculate 30%

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June 9, 2011  02:42 PM ET

If Yao's ankle hasn't responded to 2 years of treatment, chances are it's not going to. Too bad; he's done.

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June 9, 2011  03:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ahhhh HELLO! Yao is DONE!

Unfortunately.......almost certainly.

June 9, 2011  09:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Agreehe could be a bill walton type when he came back to play for thr celts

hell thats an insult to Yao...Walton was crappy for the C's

June 10, 2011  08:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

How did he calculate 30%

He's Asian....They are really good with numbers!!!! DUH!!!!

 
June 10, 2011  07:10 PM ET

He's done!

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