A lot of injuries have been happening to Yao Ming lately. One was so bad, he had to miss the whole 2009-10 regular season. Ming has had a problem with his foot, and if it keeps bugging him, he could call it a career.
“If the foot injury does not heal next season, I might choose to call it quits,” he said.
The 30-year-old hasn’t lost all hope, as the Houston Rockets say he has been doing well lately in training camp. Ming also did pretty good even with his injury, as a video leaked of him making over 90 of the 100 free throws he attempted.
The Rockets shouldn’t worry if Ming is out for a few months, as they just signed seven-footer Brad Miller to a deal. And this could take all the load off Ming for a little bit, as both will be sharing valuable minutes at the position.
Many think Ming will not play in the 2012 Olympics in London for China. Ming thinks so, too.
“The chance is very small,” the 7'6" center was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency. “The foot injury will not allow me to play so many games anymore. Like I said before, I will quit the national team and the sport one day. It’s what happens to every athlete.”
China came to some embarrassing losses in the 2008 Olympics but plan to do a lot better in 2012, hopefully.
“We are paying for what we didn’t do leading up to 2008. We skipped the development of a reserve team and the CBA league and focused only on the national team and the Olympics. It’s like you are killing the goose that lays the golden egg,” he said. “I’m 30. As an athlete, I am not the future of China basketball anymore.”