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Rockets' biggest question: Yao or later?

Is the time now for Yao? If the Rockets are smart, they'll bring the No. 1 pick along slowly.

Updated: August 21, 2002, 6:21 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

Editor's note: ESPN Insider's Chad Ford breaks down what last season's NBA lottery teams need to do to get to the playoffs. ESPN.com's "Fixer-Upper" series continues with the Houston Rockets.

General manager Carrol Dawson's work was really done for him on May 19, when the pingpong balls of fate landed the Rockets the most coveted big man since Tim Duncan.

Yao Ming is coming, and everything else in Houston takes a back seat.

After a year where everything that could've went wrong ...

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