Amid a growing sentiment that Yao Ming has been overworked by the Chinese national team, China’s state media fired back today, blaming the rigors of the NBA for Yao’s career-threatening injury.
A commentary in the Communist Party-run People’s Daily dismissed the widely-held view in the United States that Yao’s repeated injuries stemmed from training with China’s national team during the NBA off-season.
“It can only be said that the NBA game has worn Yao Ming out,” the paper fired back.
“The physical beating taken by every player due to the long season, the high level of match play and the endless travel cannot be overlooked.
“The NBA should consider changing its match scheduling from the standpoint of safeguarding players.”