Houston's Yao Out for Season
Center has stress fracture in left foot, should return for Olympics
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2008 10:15 PM CST
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, of China speaks at a press conference after it was announced he would not play for the rest of the NBA basketball season due to a stress fracture in his left foot Tuesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.