Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will have to wait one week before finding out whether or not he will need to have surgery on his injured left foot. The injury could keep him out of the game of basketball for at least the upcoming NBA season, and has the potential to be career threatening.
Yao has been undergoing various tests as part of a group consultation with various doctors all holding different opinions. They are still in the information gathering stages according to his agent Eric Zhang. The results of the consultations are due within a week.
Yao injured his left foot in a playoff game with the Los Angeles Lakers on May 8, 2009. The injury was originally diagnosed as a sprained ankle but was later revealed to be a hairline fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot. The follow up has revealed that this injury could Yao Ming’s playing career. It was merely one in a long line for the 7 foot 6 center. Yao carries around a lot of weight (310 pounds) and his lower body has taken a beating in his eleven year playing career. This surgery would be his fifth on his lower body since entering the NBA.
The landscape has changed for the Houston Rockets who are left with some pressing decisions to make in the upcoming weeks of the off season. If Yao Ming is out for the season, the Rockets could apply for an injured player exception and use that money towards a free agent. With free agents getting snatched up left and right and Yao Ming still a question mark for next year, the Rockets future remains uncertain.