Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Yao Staying in H-Town

"What am I going to do with all this money?"

Ric Bucher of ESPN has reported that Yao Ming will sign a 5-year max extension with the Rockets on Thursday, a deal that will keep him in Houston through the 2010-11 season. This is just the latest of good news for the Rockets, who also managed to sign Stro Swift and Derek Anderson this summer. With both Yao and T-Mac signed on for the long-run, Houston should be formidable contenders in the West for several years to come.


At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yao wont perform up to the max, but then the only other max guy from 2002 will be amare. Who would you guys rather have?

At 3:34 AM, Anonymous DX said...

Why are people saying Yao isn't worth the max? He's probably the 2nd best pure center in the league right now, and though that's not exactly saying much, it's the truth. That alone qualifies him as a max player. And if you really think about it, each team pretty much has 2 guys signed under the max or close to it-- that comes to 60. I think Yao makes the cut.

At 11:30 AM, Blogger YaoButtaMing said...

I agree with DX. Biased as I am I truly believe he can live up to his max deal. If Tmac and Yao win championships no one will ever question it, but if they don't they will always rip on Yao which is unfair. the guy is improving each year and I think this year he will blossom. As for the Ric Bucher article I thought he was a little hard on Yao. I thought he even liked yao but the way i read it, it seemed as though he was kinda dissing Yao.
anyone else get that sense?

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Yao Butta-
I read that Bucher article too, and it was very confusing. In one sense I felt he was dissing Yao because he didn't do what all the other greedy players do and make teams haggle over him after his deal expires. Bucher's right, Yao could have waited until his contract was up and gotten more money due to the CBA's rule that max deals be derived from the league's salary cap. But in another sense, it seemed as if Bucher was giving Yao a back handed compliment by suggesting that he is out of the norm for simply re-upping now. A really confusing piece to say the least.

At 11:21 PM, Blogger YaoButtaMing said...

yea i didn't like the article at all. This is what i like about Yao. Too little decent role models out there and when a player such as Yao does a classy thing like resign with a team that has embraced him and his religion ... then the media folks say he's a moron. but they then go a complain about how all the nba players are spoiled brats. I say thank you Yao for staying and keep up the great role model for all of us!
Do we really need more Sprewell's or more Duncan's?

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Nathan Neal said...

Yao's worth the max, because he's one of two centers who give you 18 and 8. He is an underrated man defender, and more than that, his presence alone keeps opponents out of the lane.

By the way, what IS Yao's religion anyway?


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