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Yao Ming cleared to do running, workout on court

May 28, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

NBA_ming.jpgHow good is Houston going to be next year with an Aaron Brooks/Kevin Martin backcourt and Yao Ming in the paint?

The second part of that equation got closer to reality this week when doctors cleared Yao to begin running and do on-the-court workouts, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“We reviewed his most recent bone scans, and they indicate the healing is continuing at the expected rate,” Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones said. “He’s right where he should be with regard to his rehab.

“He’s been able to increase his rehab conditioning to the point he is running at his full body weight. He’s been doing some limited on-court work, and he’s been able to go through those workouts with no discomfort. We feel good about his progress at this point, and we’re going to keep gradually elevating the intensity of his workouts within the parameters that our doctors have established.”

Yao sat out all of last season, recovering from a stress fracture in his foot suffered on May 8, 2009, during the team’s Western Conference semifinals against the Lakers. If things continue on schedule, he is expected to play next season.

Which could make the Rockets very good.

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