The Houston Rockets are very good at playing basketball, and equally skilled at suffering injuries. And while it’s still the offseason, they’re already flaunting their ability to get hurt.

Rockets forward Shane Battier is expected to miss the majority of the team’s preseason schedule due to inflammation in his left foot. The inflammation occurred during his rehabilitation from offseason surgery to remove bone spurs which was performed on May 9. The seven-year veteran is expected to be sidelined for up to four weeks.

Houston’s injury situation had been a problem in the past, and despite getting Ron Artest this summer, if this stuff continues it’s just going to lead to more disappointment in Houston. I’d love to see every key Rocket stay healthy, but will it ever happen?

–Jeff Lenchiner, editor