Daily Archives: February 26, 2008

NBA News: Yao Ming, Zheng de Hao Yao Ming

or “Yao Ming, Dayam”

From Yahoo Sports:

Houston’s Yao Ming out for season with stress fracture in left foot

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer 2 hours, 40 minutes ago

HOUSTON (AP)—All-Star center Yao Ming is out for the season with a stress fracture in his left foot, a stunning blow to the surging Houston Rockets.

General manager Daryl Morey made the announcement Tuesday, hours before the Rockets put their 12-game winning streak on the line against the Washington Wizards.

Yao was having a terrific season, averaging 22 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

“It is not an injury we feel he can play with,” Rockets team doctor Tom Clanton said. “I’ve made the recommendation that it be treated surgically and we are working with him to get other opinions just to be certain that that is indeed what should be done.”

If Yao chooses surgery, Clanton said, it would involve placing screws across the bone to hold it together. The second option would be to treat it with a cast and crutches. Both options involve a healing time of about four months.

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Here’s Yao Ming’s name written in Chinese.

From left to right, it says “yao ming,” “yao” is his last name. His name is pronounced with an upward inflection as if to say, “huhn?” There’s also a phrase in Chinese, “yao ming” (with the voice inflected downward as in a firm “no!”), which means “dayam” or “unbelievable.” It’s also written differently:

NFL News: Mike Smith mic’s it up

…you know, for a press conference.

INDIANAPOLIS — Appearing before the national media for the first time as Falcons Head Coach, Mike Smith went through a press conference covering everything from his theories on defense to what the Falcons plan to do in the NFL Draft.

Smith didn’t reveal any hard-hitting strategy, but he also made no attempt to hide the importance of Friday’s coin toss that awarded Atlanta the third overall pick in April’s Draft and the options it presents for team building.

Thomas (Dimitroff) did a great job on the coin flip yesterday so we got our first win,” Smith said. “Picking at No. 3 is big for us because I know we’re going to get an outstanding football player at that spot. It also opens up a number of different avenues for us in terms of how we want to pursue this.”

The Falcons have a plethora of options with a top three pick, but most of the chatter this Combine week has centered around the quarterback position, especially after Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan made comments complimenting the franchise and saying he thinks he could help teams at the top of the Draft.

“It’s exciting for me,” he said. “I think a lot of teams might be looking at quarterback and Atlanta may be one of them.

“I think I’d be a good fit.”

Smith had not heard the comments, nor has he gone into detail scouting Ryan as a player. He did say the team plans to meet with Ryan before the end of the weekend.

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