Though the timing had seemed clear since Yao Ming was hurt Dec. 23, Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy made the team's most definitive statement so far on Yao's chances of playing in the Feb. 18 All-Star Game, ruling Yao out.
"It's going to be a long time," Van Gundy said. "To put a timetable on it wouldn't be fair to him or to us. You won't see him there (in Las Vegas.)"
Yao is not scheduled to begin "active rehab," on-court workouts, until the All-Star weekend.
the coach votes for the centers should still stand. Stern will choose a center whom thecoaches did NOT select and annoint that person on the team. then the coaches will decide who to start, regardless of position.
(Carter went as Guard on the ballots last year, voted in by the coaches, and promoted to start for JONeal)