Even though Yao Ming is once again suffering through a long term injury – this time with a stress fracture in his ankle – but he was still one of the leading vote getter for the upcoming NBA All-Star game. The NBA’s All-Star Weekend will take place from February 18th to 20th.

Those betting the NBA spread know that know that he won’t be playing in the contest as he is currently rehabbing his ankle. In his stead, the Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will attending.

Yao was voted into to be the West’s starting center and it’s actually the eighth time in nine seasons that he has been an All-Star. Without a doubt, the votes from China have helped boost his All-Star status a few years, such as this one. His fractured ankle injury could end his career but it didn’t keep him from being named to the All-Star team.

The 30-year-old center underwent surgery on January 6th after playing just five games this season. In most cases, the NBA requires players to attend the All-Star Game if they are voted in but Yao will be exempt as he is dealing with the rehab after his surgery.

Some people feel the NBA All-Star voting system is flawed because of cases exactly like this but the fans wanted to see him there and this game is very much for the fans. Hopefully next year he is healthy enough to qualify and attend.