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Houston Rockets Roster Report 2009-09-04

Houston Rockets Roster Report 2009-09-04PLAYER NEWS:

--C Yao Ming has been working out most mornings at Toyota Center, though he is still in a cast and cannot do any lower-body work. Yao has had two examinations, one with the cast off, and no complications have been found after his extensive left foot surgery in July.

--G/F Chase Budinger, the star of the Rockets' summer league team in Las Vegas, has continued to shine in summer workouts in Toyota Center. With Budinger expected to go into camp ahead of fellow rookie Jermaine Taylor and James White, the Rockets hope he can compete for a spot in the rotation.

--F Luis Scola s likely to have to carry a larger role this season because of the Rockets' injuries. It won't be the first time. For the second time in three seasons, he led Argentina in a FIBA Americas tournament while most of the stars of the other Argentina team were unavailable. With Scola leading Argentina to a five-game winning streak in the round-robin tournament, Argentina qualified for next summer's World Championships.


--G Tracy McGrady has moved to on-court workouts, including some five-on-five play, in his rehab from microfracture surgery.

--C Yao Ming underwent extensive surgery to repair the hairline fracture in his left foot and to realign the foot to alleviate the stress on the bone by reducing the arch of his foot. He is expected to remain on crutches with the foot immobilized until late September.


Jermaine Taylor, G, 6-4, Central Florida (second round) -- A prolific college scorer, the Rockets hope he can develop a more well-rounded game. He could offer depth, especially if Von Wafer leaves as a free agent.

Sergio Llull, G, 6-3, Real Madrid (second round) -- Signed for two more seasons in Europe, Llull could benefit from the time to develop.

Chase Budinger, F, 6-7, Arizona (second round) -- The Rockets love his athleticism and well-rounded offensive game. Though not a strong one-on-one player, his shooting touch and knack for playmaking could fit well playing with Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady.

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Added: September 4, 2009


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