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Rockets owner "very confident" Yao Ming returns next season

Jun 24, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

NBA_ming.jpgYao Ming wants to be back. During the time of year virtually every other NBA player has his feet up relaxing, taking some time off from the grind, he is at the Rockets facility daily busting it on the court.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander watched him work out then told Jonathan Feigen he was “very confident” Yao would be a Rocket next season.

“I just saw him practicing,” Alexander added. “He looks great. He lost a lot of weight. He’s practicing hard. He is able to do what he wants to do. He looks like he’s in great health, which is the best you can ask for. I think Yao looks great.”

Yao can opt out of his deal before July 1 and become a free agent, but nobody expects him to play anywhere but Houston next season. The two sides have been negotiating, with the stumbling block having been years not money. Would you commit six years to a center coming off an injury?

With Yao back, the Rockets become very good  very fast. They have a lightning quick back court with Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin, they have a great group of role players led by Shane Battier, and they would have the best center in the game back in the paint. With the decline of he Spurs and the Suns losing Amare Stoudemire to free agency (maybe), the Rockets could suddenly be the second best team in the West.

  1. KnicksTweets - Jun 24, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Do you think Yao becomes trading bait this season if he proves he is healthy? Or do the Rockets continue to build around him in that case?

  2. Jay - Jun 24, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Yao means billion dollar profit for Rockets. If he plays half of the times then it’s still worthed.
    There is no way that rockets will let him go.

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