View Full Version : China Hopeful Yao Will Participate In Asian Basketball Championships

05-04-2011, 12:14 PM

Yao Ming's participation at this year's Asian basketball championships remains shrouded in mystery as he battles back from his latest injury, Chinese media reported on Wednesday.

The towering NBA center, who suffered a serious ankle fracture playing for the Houston Rockets last November, has refused to speculate on his comeback.

But China's captain Liu Wei expressed cautious optimism about the appearance of the seven-foot six-inch (2.28-meter) Yao in Wuhan this September.

"Nothing is certain right now," Liu, a former team mate of Yao's at the Shanghai Sharks, told the China Daily.

"He will stay in Shanghai for a while and then go back to the States for an injury check. Nobody knows if he will be able to play until the results come out."

The September 15-25 tournament guarantees the winners a spot at next year's London Olympics.

"We must secure the title at the Asian Championship this time," said Liu, mindful of China's loss to Iran in the 2009 final at home.

"Not only paving the way to London but winning back respect in Asia."

Yao, selected first overall by Houston in the 2002 draft, has caused Chinese interest in the NBA to soar, but has been cursed by injury throughout his career in the United States.

He played just over half a season in 2005-06 because of a toe infection and a broken foot, limiting his playing time over the following two years.

Yao then suffered a hairline fracture in his foot in 2008-09 before breaking his left ankle in Houston's loss to the Washington Wizards in November.

Despite the fact the 30-year-old only took off his protective boot a month ago, China placed their prized asset on their roster for summer training this month.

This is why this guy keeps getting injured.

05-04-2011, 12:44 PM
If I'm the Rockets and Yao decides to play this summer, then I tell him good riddence.
Realistically, like Oden, this guy should sit out another half year or so. Just take as long as he can to get it back into shape.

05-04-2011, 01:12 PM
Yao is done

05-04-2011, 01:15 PM
no way, are they kidding???

05-04-2011, 02:44 PM
do u guys know what pride is? some ppl will do anything for their country, including risking their careers to win championships for them