The Associated PressHouston’s Zhou Qi played only 3 minutes Tuesday night before the 216-meter center from China sprained his left knee against the Shanghai Sharks.
Qi, the Rockets’ second-round pick in 2016 who played in 18 games last season, was playing in his first preseason game, which the Rockets won 128-86.
He bent over to pick up a loose ball in the lane in the second quarter when Shanghai’s Luis Scola crashed into his left knee, bending it sideways. The 22-year-old Qi immediately grimaced in pain and grabbed for the knee.
He was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair. Coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game Qi was expected to see plenty of playing time against Yao Ming’s former team.