<div class="quote_poster">Quoting durvasa:</div><div class="quote_post">No Yao trades, guys. It would be a huge mistake to give up on him early, and then watch him become a real star. Yao just has too much potential that he hasn't tapped into yet.</div> You're overlooking one large aspect of the situation: Yao may not ever get any better. In fact, if he never gets any significant rest, he may get worse year in and year out. Not to mention that humans his size classically develop serious knee or heart problems. There are plenty of teams that look at Yao's potential and would be willing to take a chance on it by giving the Rockets a player or players that have already have shown their potential, which takes out the guess work and the waiting game. We're not waiting on McGrady to hit his peak, so every year that wait on Yao, one of McGrady's better years passes by, and the losing mentality sinks further into their personas. Yao's personality and mentality simply don't give him the ability to be dominant. Just think about it for a minute. How many players have ever been this soft, and actually gotten significantly more aggressive and tough, not counting guys that suddenly got a big increase in MPG (this could be deceiving). When you think about it, pretty much nobody ever changes their mentality and personality in professional sports. By that point, they are who they are, period. So why not trade potential talent for already realized talent? I mean, even if Yao does improve, do you really think he'll ever be more than a solid 22 and 10 guy that plays 35mpg? Is that REALLY worth all the waiting, considering, as I said before, that guys his size generally don't remain effective nearly as long as normal sized players?