DALLAS _ As sad as it sounds, the Houston Rockets have had to make due lately without one of the most dominant centers in the history of the NBA.
Yao Ming didn't play at all last year, and will miss the rest of this season after playing just five games earlier this year. Various toe, foot and ankle injuries have been the culprits that have kept Yao chained to the sidelines.
"We haven’t had him for two years now,'' Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "We thought we’d have him at the start of the year, but he played those five games and we had (training) camp with him.''
Although the Rockets have had to go to work without their top player, Adelman appears to have more sympathy for Yao than he has for himself.
"That’s been a big loss for us for two years, but it’s the way it is,'' Adelman said. "You’ve got to feel more for him than you do for anybody else.
"But it's just one of those things. It’s just ashame for him, so we just have to move on.''
-- Dwain Price