Yao’s health a major key for Rockets

Yao Ming‘s wish: Getting through an NBA season without getting hurt.

The 7-foot-6 center has missed more than 80 games across the last three seasons with four separate injuries. Yao admits that he has to change something, whether it’s his workout routine or the number of minutes he logs in games.

Yao was averaging 22 points and a career-high 10.8 rebounds when he sustained the stress fracture in his foot on Feb. 26. He recovered enough to play for China at the Olympics, but said his foot was only 70-80 percent healed.

His Houston teammates fearfully watched his games in Beijing.

“The foot feels all right. I can’t say it’s like brand new, but it’s like it’s my foot,” he said. “I can’t wait to go, for the first preseason game, the first regular-season game.”