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Playing the guessing game

Yao Ming's foot injury has left the Rockets with lots of unanswered questions

Updated: June 30, 2009, 5:26 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

In the realm of possibilities, the fact that Yao Ming's left foot has made no improvement since he fractured it in May could mean the Rockets center will miss all of next season.

It could also mean he never plays again.

Or that he is limited in training camp but starts the season and has another All-Star campaign. Or misses the first 25 games of the season but leads them to another strong playoff run. Or misses the first 50 and wins a title.

In short, what he can offer the Rockets ...

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