What does Yao Ming’s Broken Foot Mean for the Rockets?
Posted by admin on February 27, 2008
An entire city and an entire country are in mourning this week. Throughout Houston, and presumably China, Rockets fans are in shock after having the face of their franchise go down with a season-ending injury. Yao Ming has a fractured foot that is going to keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the season, including the playoffs.Â
Losing your most reliable player to injury isÂ a tough pill for any team to swallow. But for the RocketsÂ it is extra sour. They had justÂ climbed their way back into the playoff picture with an undefeated February.Â Injury-prone Tracy McGradyÂ was finallyÂ healthy again and playingÂ at the top ofÂ his game. The Rockets’ role players were finally starting to give their superstars the support theyÂ need to be a real contender in the West. And then, the wall of China came tumbling down in the form of a fractured foot. What an absolute gut-wrenching week for the Houston franchise.Â
The question at hand is where to go next. The Rockets need to clear away the rubble and see if they can salvage the rest of the season. Yes, Yao is gone for the season. But, what doesÂ Yao’s injury really mean for theÂ Rockets? Well, I think it goes without saying that they dropped from the real contender category to theÂ still a pretty good team category.Â With a healthy Yao, McGrady and their supporting cast, the Rockets are a very, very talented team, as their recent performances prior to Yao’s injuryÂ proved.Â However, truth be told, withÂ no Yao the Rockets are not going to be able to beat the other star-studded lineups in the West en route to the title.Â Consequently, the Rockets will have to wait another year for a title shot.Â As for the rest of the season, though, the RocketsÂ still have a very good chance at making the playoffs and having a decent showing. IfÂ McGrady, Shane Battier, Rafer Alston and Luis Scola can keep playing the way they’re playing atÂ the moment, they will definitely have a season to be proud of. Difficult as it may be for the Rockets to rebound after being dealt such a terrible blow, they are still in good shape.