[ 2006-12-25 09:38 ]
Yao Ming (11), of China, reacts as eam physician Dr. Mark Adickes, right,
and trainer Keith Jones, left, attend to him during the first quarter of
their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, Dec.
23, 2006, in Houston. Yao had to leave the game with a bruised right
Ming will miss at least six weeks after
fracturing the bone
under his right knee in Houston's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on
Yao was leaping for a blocked shot as Chuck Hayes and Tim Thomas hit the
floor beneath him. Yao's knee appeared to get caught under Thomas' body and Yao
immediately grabbed his knee and screamed in pain.
Yao was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where an MRI test
revealed a fracture on Yao's right
tibial plateau, trainer Keith Jones
The Rockets initially said Yao had only suffered a bone bruise. Now, Jones
said he hopes the injury will not require surgery.
"It's a non-displaced fracture,
so nothing is way out of the way or out of whack," Jones said. "We think he'll
do well with just rest. An option would be to do something more, but we're
hoping that won't need to be done."
Without Yao, the Rockets lost to the Clippers 98-93.
The injury ruins the best start of Yao's career. He was averaging 27 points
and nine rebounds and had topped 30 points in four consecutive games before
scoring 22 in Friday's 97-78 victory at San Antonio.
The Rockets were already playing without six-time All-Star Tracy McGrady, who
sat out for the seventh straight game with back spasms.
The 7-foot-6, 310-pound Yao now faces rehabilitation for the third time in a
year. Last December, he underwent surgery for a toe infection and missed 21
games. Last April, he broke his left foot in Utah and missed the final four
games of the season.
fracture the bone: