Rock­ets’ Chi­nese for­ward Zhou says ‘good news’ after in­jury scare

Global Times - - Sports -

Hous­ton Rock­ets for­ward Zhou Qi said he re­ceived “good news” from tests on his left knee after the Chi­nese player left the court in a wheel­chair dur­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion game.

Just a week be­fore the start of the NBA sea­son, the 22-year-old 2.17-me­ter-tall player suf­fered the in­jury after only four min­utes of Hous­ton’s 128-86 rout of the Shang­hai Sharks in the pre­sea­son con­test on Tues­day night in Texas.

The Rock­ets said on Twit­ter that Zhou had suf­fered a knee sprain, but hours later Zhou wrote on China’s Twit­ter-like Weibo plat­form that the test re­sults pro­vided “good news” and thanked his fans for their con­cern.

Zhou, who played 18 games for the Rock­ets last sea­son, was hurt dur­ing an awk­ward scram­ble for a loose ball in what was sup­posed to be a game where he could shine against a club from him home­land.

In­stead, the night ended early when Zhou’s left leg was pinned un­der Shang­hai’s for­ward Luis Scola, a for­mer Rocket.

Zhou, who pulled down two re­bounds in the con­test be­fore leav­ing, stayed on the floor sev­eral min­utes and was taken off the court in a wheel­chair to the locker room.

A sec­ond-round pick taken 43rd over­all in the 2016 NBA Draft, Zhou av­er­aged 1.2 points and 1.2 re­bounds a game last sea­son for the Rock­ets.

“Zhou Qi has shown some good stuff,” Rock­ets coach Mike D’An­toni said.

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