But i'd still re-sign Artest, we arent gonna rebuild, we have a shot, even without Yao, especially if we trade for Amare Stoudemire(i know its a long shot).
im not giving up on this coming season, even without yao, we are a good team, players like Brooks, Battier, Barry, Artest, Hayes, Landry and Scola all rallied when Yao went down.
Come on AB they rallied in the playoffs with alot of adrenaline on there side. I can't see them doing that for an entire season without Yao. and who knows how many games T Mac will be out. Without either Artest is gonna throw up a lot of bad shots. i like all those role players too but they rae role players & I can't see them stepping it up on a night in night out basis. i think this might be getting over blwon let's see how Yao foot is doing in 3 months from now
Ralph Sampson 2.0. He was great too for a few years until his body gave out, only we had Hakeem in place already. Who knows how long Yao could have lasted if he didn't have to play year round every year he's been in the league. Now I see why Houston may have been interested in Amare. The NBA is a star driven league and while we have some really nice pieces it really doesn't matter without a star. You don't get those unless you're drafting high or can lure a free agent, say in 2010. I'm not so sure so many of those guys will be available, and other then LBJ, worth the money. I do trust in Morey though and we've always signed big FAs (albeit past their prime). I believe both Yao and TMac come off the books in 2010, so we'll have plenty of cash.
"This has turned into an impossible situation for the Rockets’ capable GM. Even if Yao plays again, Morey knows it’s just a matter of time until his lower body breaks down. His feet and ankles just can’t support the mobility of his 7-foot-6 frame."
C'mon Yao, do a Ronnie Lott! Amputate those feet and ankles and have them replaced like this dude (who can run the 100 in 10.91 seconds):
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