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Yao Ming thinks he is ready to play, doctors not so sure

Dec 14, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

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Yao Ming is a competitor. Nobody faults the man for work ethic. He wants to be on the court and he’s ready now. At least he thinks he is. Yao did everything but start signing “put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today” when he talked with the Houston Chronicle about his recovery from a sprained ankle and bruised bone in that ankle.

“I’m waiting for the green light,” Yao said. “When? I don’t know. I feel better. It still has some weakness. I’m just not ready to sit out for almost 20 games, particularly when I feel I’m OK. I know when I was in the walking boot, on the crutches, OK, I understand.

“I won’t push the trainer or the doctor. They all try to treat me the best that they can. I know they try to find the best way for me to get back on the court.”

Aaron Brooks may beat Yao back — the speedy point guard is practicing with the team but has not been cleared to play yet.

The Rockets have won four of their last six despite these two key cogs sitting out.

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