Rockets Daily- Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Daily Factoid: The ten tallest players in NBA history (ranging from 7’4 to 7’7) have played, on average, a total of eight seasons. To date, Yao Ming, the third tallest player in league history, has been in the NBA for eight seasons.

  • ESPN – ‘Yao might quit if foot doesn’t heal’: “Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is considering quitting basketball after next season if he doesn’t fully recover from his lingering foot injury… ‘If the foot injury does not heal next season, I might choose to call it quits,’ he said… ”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.‘”
  • Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: “My favorite experience with the China syndrome will always be June 2007 when Yao Ming went home and announced that he was back in China for traditional Chinese medicine. This was a nice thing to say. The man knows his audience. But as we are reminded every year, when Yao speaks in China, the stories are usually blown completely out of proportion. We go through this every year. Next year, Yao will say something again about not playing in the London Olympics, and that will get everyone a little crazy for a day. A few years ago, we had the breathless reports about a Chinese investor buying a part of the Cavaliers with the intentions of getting Yao to play in Cleveland. That was a good one… This time, Yao said if he does not recover from his foot injuries, he might consider retiring. This seems pretty obvious. Yao cannot play with a broken foot. If Yao’s foot remains broken, Yao cannot play. This feels like a revelation because it brings up the possibility that Yao will not recover. The Rockets, however, believe he already has recovered. ‘If we did not think he had recovered,’ one Rockets official said Tuesday with a laugh, ‘we wouldn’t be letting him go through full contract, on-court workouts.'”
  • TheDreamShake: “If Yao Ming re-injures his foot this season, then it’s all over. Did anyone think that this would be any different? This is it. A long career that should have been longer and could be longer all hinges on this upcoming season. That’s why Yao has taken a year off. That’s why he hasn’t played Summer ball for China. It’s this season or bust. And if all goes well this year, then it’s next season or bust. Pretty simple, really…I don’t have a problem with Yao discussing his retirement. He has always been honest with the media, in the States and in China. The world’s largest basketball icon believes in maintaining good discourse with his fans. And, if anything, this is likely a move to get the Chinese National team off his back. If we’re going to keep going nuts over a tiny tidbit of Yaoness such as this, we’re in for a long season. Don’t start holding your breath until opening night, because if you start now, you won’t make it far.”
  • Ken Berger – ‘After Hornets meeting, Paul still seeking way out’: “The developments in New Orleans on Monday had all the hallmarks of modern-day damage control: A rosy statement via Twitter, some positive spin in a media availability session that was noticeably devoid of actual information and apparent reasons for optimism that Chris Paul’s desire to be traded will quiet down for a while. In other words, the smokescreen formed exactly as planned after Paul met for 90 minutes with the Hornets’ new basketball decision-making team in New Orleans. This is the united front being portrayed to the outside world. On the inside, little has changed: Yes, Paul wants to win, but realizes that for reasons beyond the control of new GM Dell Demps and new coach Monty Williams, it can’t happen in New Orleans. And the organization itself has begun the inevitable process of exploring ways to make this end to everyone’s satisfaction.”
  • Marc Stein of ESPN: “The NBA issued an unexpected, leaguewide memorandum to its teams Tuesday to remind them about tampering regulations and specifically warn them about illegal contact with Chris Paul. learned that the memo spells out that ‘no team should be having communications with Chris Paul or his agent or representative about a potential trade for Paul that have not been authorized in advance by the New Orleans Hornets.’ This measure comes in the wake of various media reports in recent days that Paul’s new agent, Leon Rose, has been talking to a handful of teams about pursuing trades for his client.”
  • Royce Young from Daily Thunder posts a video of Kevin Durant showcasing his favorite moves.
  • ESPN – “The Chicago Bulls have expressed an interest in free agent guard Eddie House, according to House’s agent Mark Bartelstein.
  • Mayo, Evans, Wallace expected to be cut by Team USA.
  • Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun: “The teardown of the Raptor roster has been going on all summer, and now, the teardown of former franchise face Chris Bosh has commenced as well. Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo chose his words carefully during a Monday interview with the FAN 590’s Bob McCown, but clearly is not pleased with the way things turned out with Bosh. Colangelo intoned that Bosh took a long time to return from injury even though he had been medically cleared and that he started thinking ahead to his future to the detriment of the Raptors. ‘Despite limited swelling and any excessive damage on an MRI, he felt like he needed to sit for six more games … I’m not even questioning Chris’ injury. I’m telling you he was cleared to play subject to tolerance on his part, and the tolerance just apparently wasn’t there and he chose not to play,’ Colangelo said… Colangelo also said Bosh was hard to build around. ‘We tried in vain to put pieces around Chris. Different pieces, different styles. It didn’t work out. No matter what type of player we brought in, it didn’t seem to have the right mix with him as that centrepiece.'”
  • Henry Abbott, on whether it is unlawful for NBA teams to impose a minimum body fat standard on their players.
  • NBA Playbook: A video analysis of the New York Knick’s newest big man, Timofev Mozgov.

Note: Rahat Huq is currently on vacation and will post his thoughts on Yao later in the week.

About the author: Rahat Huq is a lawyer in real life and the founder and editor-in-chief of

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  • Lyfestyle

    I absolutely love this new 'Daily feature, but am I the only one that gets dizzy reading italics? Can we just use quotes instead of italicizing everything?

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  • Jordan

    Love the Daily, but i agree with Lyfestyle. the italics is a bit much.

    on another note, that video of Kevin Durant is sweet! he is already amazing but he also has a ton of room to grow.

    thanks Royce. oh and if you can find a video of the rip move, i would love to see that.

  • Stephen

    Subtle hint or has passion cooled?
    Couple of yrs ago Morey was very high on Rudy Fernandez and wanted to draft him. Now Rudy is being put on sale-a First is all that's required apparently. Houston has 3 Firsts in next 2 yrs,so there's one to spare(say the lower of the 2012s?). Yet not a hint Hou is interested.

    Is Martin that entrenched at SG and Morey doesn't want to bring in Rudy knowing he'll be just as unhappy w/limited minutes?

    Does Morey have fairly solid expectations of a major trade that will need as many assets as possible?

    Or,most ominous,are the Rockets starting to contemplate the post-Yao era being upon them sooner than expected and want as many draft picks as possible to rebuild w/?

  • David

    Paul still wants out, that much is certain. The Hornets are not going to shop him before the season even starts, that would be saying bye-bye to all those season tickets. Paul's statements seem to me like, in the words of the article, “damage control.” New Orleans wants to raise CP3's trade value before they commit themselves to rebuilding.

  • RFWC

    I don't know if this is the right forum but here it is anyway:

    I got a chance to look at rockets stats from this past year on yahoo and a couple things jumps out. They're tied for 3rd on most 2point FGAttempt and 4th in 3point FGAttempt. It appears (from WP perspective anyway) the strategy of collecting unselfish players who excel at getting possession (and not use it up for FGA) has pushed them to the top of the league (or is it just because they have an uptempo offense?). Their FG% was only 16th which then put their offense only 8th in pts/game.

    It appears now that they've optimized the ability to collect possessions, they need some sort of efficient way to convert this to points. Probably they reason for the big push for an efficient scorer, a la Martin & Bosh. Though it looked like Landry was pretty decent. A good point guard could make a big difference too.

  • Thomas

    I don't think Paul's trade value can increase.

    Teams already know he's a top PG, even a top player. While the injury last season might raise some questions, I doubt that many front offices will be seriously put off from submitting a bid, because whatever their offers are will still likely be much less than Paul is worth. From a trade value perspective, I think Paul can only be worth *less* if, as the season opens, he demonstrates that the injury has seriously affected his game. His stats won't increase his value that much more, and likely having to pick up Okafor and/or Posey also drags down the total trade value in dealing for Paul.

    It's damage control for the front office to assert leverage against other teams, and to quiet the home crowd, sure, but trade value? Unless New Orleans is getting James or Wade back in exchange, they're not getting value.

  • Thomas

    Or shorter quotations.

  • Nobody is better than Jordan

    If the rumors of David Andersen getting traded to Toronto for a draft pick are true, somebody here better post something about it STAT!

  • Sir_Thursday

    Cheers Royce. It's like our own tailored version of Truehoop's Morning Cup/Daily Bullets :).

  • subnak

    Hey Royce– welcome aboard. I've been a reader of red 94 since the beginning, but I've got to say, you guys have really outdone yourselves with this daily feature.

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  • Michael

    Hey NBTJ:

    According to the article, cash & a future second-rounder…curious to know more specifics about this

  • Michael

    sorry, further details from the chronicle (

    “… the Rockets shipped Andersen to the Toronto Raptors for a 2015 second-round pick the Raptors received from the Los Angeles Clippers, but only if that pick is among the 51st and 55th picks of the draft that season.

    The Rockets will also send $1 million to the Raptors to complete the deal but will have a net savings of $4 million in salary and luxury tax with the move. Andersen is under contract for two more seasons, but only $185,000 of the final season of his contract is guaranteed. “

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