I just noticed an article that Richard Justice posted after the end of draft night. He basically reinforces his ultimate distaste for Yao - not because of his talent, but because of his injuries.
Honestly, I must say that I about 80% agree with Justice on this one. And here is why:Yao has been a dominant center in the NBA. This cannot, and should not, be discounted by any means. He has the potential to be a future hall-of-fame member. Unfortunately, if he cannot overcome his injuries he will always be remembered as an All-Star that "almost was".
Houston has always been a team that has based their game around their center. From Malone to Olajuwon to Yao, Houston has continually dominated the league more than any other team with their All-Star center players. What differentiates Yao from Malone & Olajuwon is his ability to stay consistently healthy and his ability to make clutch plays.
History has shown lately that Yao simply cannot avoid injury. His most recent story about his foot not healing makes me wonder if Yao is worth his weight in the money we pay him.
Should Houston move on after next year should hit foot continue to give him problems? I am beginning to lean toward that mentality, though I do have the gas left in me to cheer him on for yet another year.
I would absolutely *hate* to see Yao move on after this next season, and heaven forbid if he does move that he moves to Cleveland - that would be absolutely horrible for any team that comes across the LeBron / Yao duo - but that is again assuming that Yao will be healthy and playing.
What does thedreamshake nation think?