Last year, Yao Ming finally proved to Houston he can indeed get his team out of the first round of the playoffs. Even without the other ex-superstar, Tracy McGrady, Yao was able to take his team on his back and will his way to within a hair of defeating the soon-to-be world-champion Lakers. In game one of round two, Yao proved to Houston he has the tenacity and superstar nerve to rise to the challenge and clinch a win no one thought he could get. So why do Houston's basketball "experts" think we should trade him?
Injuries, injuries, and more injuries, yes I'm aware of all of them. We also know his recent surgery is not a simple one. But this surgery could work. We also know that Yao Ming is not Tracy McGrady and he will actually rehab thoroughly. If self-discipline is a factor in this recovery, without question Yao will make it.
But we all know that isn't the reason for me writing this. This is for all the people who said we should have traded him when he was in perfect health. Just ask around and see how many people think Yao Ming is not a franchise player. For those Rockets fans, Yao Ming will never be able to sway their opinions. Not as long as he's 7'6" and the last guy getting down court. Now look at where the Rockets finished in the Western Conference. Well shy of winning 50 plus games like a typical Yao year would produce. You still want to trade him?
Well, if your name is Ed Wade, then your answer is probably, "Yes". I still can't believe how blind Drayton and the Astros fans were. They fired Cecil Cooper thinking somehow he could have won a lot more games with these washed up old guys and minor league players? I won't put it all on Brad Mills, although he is part of the problem right now.
Drayton and Ed Wade are the ones to blame. This team needs to start trading the big name guys like Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman. The only way this team makes it anywhere near the playoffs in the next 2 or 3 years is to get more prospects. I do like a few players we have though, so I don't think its time to stop watching. I'd pay money to watch Michael Bourn play center field. Not much money though...maybe like one of those ten-dollar tickets. But with the way the Astros are playing, I bet I can get one bad-ass ten-dollar ticket on e-bay probably right behind home plate next to my favorite owner, Drayton McLane.
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