on Sep 27, 2010
Aiming to prevent foot injuries, Yao Ming will play no more than twenty four minutes per game. It is said that this was said by Yao's doctors. After watching a few match, his doctor come to a conclusion that is suitable for Yao Ming to play twenty four minutes per match.
If Yao has played his twenty four minutes and the Rockets have the ball and eight seconds on the clock to make up a one-point deficit, Yao will not play those eight seconds. Rockets vice president and athletic trainer Keith Jones said there will be no exceptions.
Regard to Yao's twenty four minutes limit, Coach Rick Adelman said he does not like this requirement and he cannot even understand. "Even twenty four minutes is said by the doctor, I do not know how it is to twenty four minutes in the end, why not 26 minutes or 20 minutes? To my personal standpoint, I never in twenty four minutes as a starting point," Adelman said, "I think this is an unfair decision, as a coach, this is a very painful thing, before I have had in Tracy, who introduced once such a thing. Think about it, the game is still going on, then it is time up for twenty four minutes, should I have to change his fate? I think that everything should start from Yao Ming's own, to see his reaction and feelings to adjust, he has to first get back the feeling for the game.
Recently, there is a view that Yao cannot do this, cannot do that, the Rockets and Yao Ming to say goodbye as soon as possible. Adelman responded very seriously to this point of view: "I would say that has always been, more people are discussing the 'wow! Yao Ming was terrible, how can have a Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O'Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon one of the three-body center it? 'I said before, Brooks has a specialty, we have to use that expertise, not the same as Yao is unique, he is a super- scorer, you put him inside, he can easily score, we particularly miss Yao last season, in fact, not only because he's such attack in the paint, and his height is 2 meters 26, and he stood there let opponents know what to do, and you do not see us last season, Yao has become what. We become a completely different team. Now, we should not give him too much pressure, we let him play even easier. "
To Yao's opinion, he respects Coach Rick Adelman's decision. And all of us can see that Yao is unlike this rule for him, and he wants to play more in the match. The Rockets believe it also keeps him fresher for the playoffs, a strategy that might be used with other veterans. Yao would not be the only Rockets player with a time limit. While cutting Yao's minutes is based on the hope it would prevent another stress injury. But in the same time, we don't want to see that Yao gets hurt this time, because we also want to see him playing in the future.