Follow-Up- Yao's Career Could Be Finished?

Richard O'NealSenior Analyst IJune 29, 2009

HOUSTON - MAY 10:  Center Dikembe Mutombo and Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 10, 2009 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

I just read a report that Rockets' all-star, Yao Ming will likely be out for the entire 2009-2010 season, possibly longer. Some are even going as far to say his career could be in jeopardy.

This brings a chilling confirmation to my article from last week.

The Rockets' front office has been privately telling league officials that Yao could be sidelined for a full season due to a re-fracture of his navicular bone.  Three pins were inserted last year but after he cracked his left foot in the playoff series against the Lakers, the foot has not been healing at all.  Apparently Houston general manager Daryl Morey refused comment on Monday and a team spokesman said the Rockets will not have further comment until Yao undergoes additional medical tests.

I'm sure that the Rockets' organization will continue to have more evaluations done on Yao's foot before they actually go on record to release information but fans have to wonder about what is in store for the Rockets, not just this season, but for many more to come.