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Source: Yao being recommended season-ending procedure

Reports yesterday indicated that the Rockets would have to wait another week to find out whether or not Yao Ming will need surgery.

However, a source close to the situation has told me that Yao has been recommended a procedure that would likely cause him to miss the entire upcoming season. This procedure would involve the use of a bone stimulator that would not require tampering with Yao's foot, ultimately allowing Yao to return at a higher playing level. It would also aid in lengthening his career.

The other option would be surgical, in an effort to remove the screws currently in place and re-position the bone.  While this could allow Yao to return next season, they would in no way guarantee long-term health.

But again, we'll know what the entire situation is in a week's time.