Yao Ming out for
the season with a stress fracture
Houston Rockets center Yao
Ming is out for the season with a stress fracture in his left
Ming's injury, which was originally believed to be an ankle
sprain aggravated by bone spurs around the ankle, is much more
serious and will sideline the All-Star Houston Rockets center
for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left
foot. The official announcement was made by the Houston Rockets
on Tuesday and the general manager Daryl Morey added: "It's a
very difficult day for the organization and our fans. We've been
playing exceptional ball, and Yao's been a huge part of that."
Rockets team doctor Tom Clanton
explained Ming's condition: "It is not an injury we feel he
can play with. I've made the recommendation that it be treated
surgically and we are working with him to get other opinions
just to be certain that that is indeed what should be done."
Clanton also said that if Yao chooses surgery, it would involve
placing screws across the bone to hold it together. The second
option would be to treat it with a cast and crutches. Either
way, the healing time will be a minimum of four months.
The injury of the center threatens to
end the 12-game winning streak, when the Rockets meet Washington
Wizards tonight. The online sportsbook
BodogLife had the Wizards big
underdog against Houston at +450, but the money line was quickly
suspended following the news of Yao Ming's injury. The punters,
however, still favor the Rockets and the point spread on the
tonight's NBA game is still sitting at -10 points chalk Houston.
In the future betting sheets, the Houston Rockets were 10/1 to
win the Western Conference and 20/1 to win the NBA finals.