Yao Ming Deserved Better Treatment From Basketball Gods

December 17th, 2010 by Daniel Bartemus Leave a reply »
Why, God?

Why Yao Ming? Why the Houston Rockets? Eh, forget about the Rockets. Just answer me this: why Yao?

Professional sports’ most dedicated, hardest working, most unassuming, kindest, arguably funniest, unarguably tallest and officially unluckiest athlete has been struck down yet again. Thursday’s routine MRI on his feeble left foot revealed another stress fracture in the medial malleolus, one that will keep him out indefinitely, and possibly forever.

You would think the heavens would be bored with picking on Yao by now. Since the start of the 2005-'06 season, he has been robbed of 193 regular season games (and counting), including the whole 2009-'10 season, as well as the entire 2008 playoffs and the last four games of the 2009 Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Not only was Yao robbed, but so were basketball fans everywhere. We missed that unstoppable baby hook, that graceful baseline spin, that jump shot that had the efficiency and touch of a guard, and sports’ best interview.

Most importantly, the Houston Rockets were robbed. In February 2008, with the Rockets 12 games ...

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