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Yao's prognosis stays status quo Morey says center expected at 2010 camp


Yao's prognosis stays status quo Morey says center expected at 2010 camp The good news, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said, is there is no news.

Rockets center Yao Ming's status and the prognosis for his recovery from extensive left foot surgery has not changed since his surgery July 21, Morey said Monday.

Responding to an ESPN.com story quoting Morey saying Yao is progressing well and has not been ruled out to play next season, Morey cited his and Rockets doctors' comments after Yao's July 17 announcement that he had chosen to have the surgery.

"The only thing new is that nothing has gone wrong," Morey said. "Everything looked fine. Otherwise it's all the same stuff we've been saying, which is he is not ruled out for this year, although it is unlikely that he would come back and play. There's nothing new."

The Rockets have refused to put any timetable on Yao's return other than that he is expected to be ready for the 2010 training camp and preseason.

Yao, 28, had the cast removed for an examination several weeks ago and had a follow-up exam Friday, with no signs of complications showing in either checkup. Yao, back in the cast and walking with crutches, has not begun rehabilitating the foot but does go through upper-body workouts most mornings at Toyota Center.

In an interview with ESPN.com last Thursday, Morey said the team is convinced the injury will not be career-threatening.

Yao chose a surgery to repair the hairline fracture in his left foot and another procedure to realign the bones in the foot. The realignment procedure was done to prevent the reoccurrence of the injury that has ended his past two NBA seasons.

The 2009-10 season will be Yao's fifth consecutive one interrupted or ended by bone injuries.

jonathan.feigen@chron.com


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Added: September 2, 2009

 

 
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