May 28, 2010, 9:16 AM EST
How good is Houston going to be next year with an Aaron Brooks/Kevin Martin backcourt and Yao Ming in the paint?
The second part of that equation got closer to reality this week when doctors cleared Yao to begin running and do on-the-court workouts, the Houston Chronicle reported.
“We reviewed his most recent bone scans, and they indicate the healing is continuing at the expected rate,” Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones said. “He’s right where he should be with regard to his rehab.
“He’s been able to increase his rehab conditioning to the point he is running at his full body weight. He’s been doing some limited on-court work, and he’s been able to go through those workouts with no discomfort. We feel good about his progress at this point, and we’re going to keep gradually elevating the intensity of his workouts within the parameters that our doctors have established.”
Yao sat out all of last season, recovering from a stress fracture in his foot suffered on May 8, 2009, during the team’s Western Conference semifinals against the Lakers. If things continue on schedule, he is expected to play next season.
Which could make the Rockets very good.
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Thursday: The Cavaliers we expected have arrived 2
- Report: George Karl controls Kings’ personnel, wants Ty Lawson, willing to move DeMarcus Cousins 28
- Paul George returns to practice with Pacers, could play in couple weeks 8
- Report: LeBron James wonders why he doesn’t get more MVP consideration 41
- Would Rajon Rondo leave the Mavericks for the Lakers? 58
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Wednesday: The Spurs losing rodeo road trip a bad sign 14
- PBT Extra: What is future for Derrick Rose? Bulls? 13
- Mavericks suspend Rajon Rondo one game after argument with coach Rick Carlisle 44