The Houston Rockets were dealt a crushing blow when it was revealed today that Yao Ming will miss the rest of the season and post-season with a stress fracture in his left foot. The 7-foot-6-inch, Chinese center’s foot had been sore for several weeks before the diagnosis. This is now the third straight season that Yao hasn’t completed due to injury, reports the Houston Chronicle.
The six-time All-Star, who was averaging 22 points and 10.8 rebounds, spoke with his teammate Tracy McGrady about carrying the team without him: “I told him ‘Now is your time. You need to turn it up.’” Houston’s team doctor expects Yao to be ready for the Bejing Olympics in August. The Rockets are currently riding a 12-game winning streak.