Yao to miss rest of the season

Houston Rockets' Yao Ming, of China, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

December 17, 2010 3:15:27 PM PST
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will miss the rest of the season because of the stress fracture in his left ankle.

The Rockets announced the decision Friday, a day after the injury was found in an MRI exam. Team physician Walter Lowe says surgery is the usual treatment for such an injury, which has sidelined him since Nov. 10.

Yao is still consulting with doctors to determine how he will proceed. If he chooses surgery, it would take seven and 10 months for him to return to the court.

The seven-time All-Star sat out last season after surgery to repair his broken left foot. Rockets' general manager Daryl Morey says he is hopeful that Yao will recover and play for the Rockets in the future.