I understand the rest of what you said, but this part isn't true. Tmac allows Tmac to be Tmac. Yao makes it a little easier, but we've seen what McGrady can do by himself, and its just what he's doing with the Rockets, now with more support.Even though Yao is far from dominant, he allows Tmac to be Tmac.
Whodinee said:here are yao's per 48 min stats vs shaq's. just for fun.
Shaq - 31.9 ppg, 14.7, .597 fg%, .463 ft%, 3.4 bpg, 3.8 topg
Yao - 28.5 ppg, 12.9 rpg, .548 fg%, .775 ft%, 2.9 bpg, 3.9 topg
for a soft finesse player who is in many ways still learning to play center in the NBA, his numbers actually hold his own with one of the greatest players to ever walk the earth.
and there is no excuse... none at all for the rockets to lose to the new orleans hornets at home even without yao. how does a 17-54 team beat the fifth best team in the west by shooting 30.6%(!!) from the field?