05-12-2009 13:47

Houston center Yao Ming was in good spirits on Sunday, despite the news that he'll miss the rest of the Rockets' National Basketball Association postseason campaign with a broken left foot.

"It's frustrating, but you have to be positive because it is already better than last year," Yao said. "It has already happened so I need to look forward and see what's the next step."

"I think I've been in harder situations before, much harder than this one," he said. "I believe that I can get through this one too."

The towering Chinese star has contended with a series of injuries in his NBA career, including a stress fracture in his left foot in February of 2008 that ended his 2007-08 NBA campaign.

He broke his left foot for the first time with four games left in the 2005-06 season.

He missed 32 games in the 2006-07 season with a broken right leg.

Yao had avoided a major injury in this regular season, his 77 games the most he had played since he appeared in 80 in 2004-05.

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