It's T-Mac's team. Period.
Yao is a great talent. But, this team rides and dies with T-Mac.
Look at other teams and their leaders. Kidd is the leader of the Nets, despite Carter scoring the most points and getting the highlights. The Suns leader is Steve Nash, despite Amare Stoudamire being the future and averaging the most points for the Suns. Duncan is the leader of the Spurs, despite Tony Parker winning MVP and having the ball in his hands for the majority of the game.
T-Mac is the leader of the Rockets. Yao is a great talent and puts up amazing numbers. The Rockets are a much better team when Yao is playing, but T-Mac is the leader. Yao can not lead the team like T-Mac can. When T-Mac goes out, the Rockets fall, hard. The Rockets were able sustain when Yao went down.
This is T-Mac's team now.
Homer fan ,Rockets were able to sustain as juwan howard filled the void left by yao and the role players stepped up. Neither yao or tmac own the team, if they want to get deep in the playoffs, they need the support of one another, tmac cant do it by himself and neither can yao.