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Yao Ming has one more comeback try in him

Mar 11, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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Yao Ming says he is not done.

Injuries to his feet have kept the one time cornerstone of the Rockets franchise out of all but five games total the last two seasons. He’s had a couple of major foot surgeries in the last two years. But he told reporters Thursday at the Rockets annual Tennies Charity Gala that he is not done (video at, via CBS’s Eye on Basketball).

“I’ve been doing well. Once in awhile, seeing the doctors, checking to see how things are going. I’m happy about the progress and [I’m going to] try to make it back. They think I need about another 10 weeks until I can start running on the court… At that time the foot will tell me how much I can get back.”

Yao admitted it is possible that his body will not allow him to come back.

“That’s a sad question, first of all. If there’s a possibility that I’m not going to come back to play, I’m going to tell myself I already did everything I can.”

Yao will be a free agent this summer, but said getting back playing is the priority, there where will sort itself out (although he later added he really likes living and playing in Houston).

“Right now it’s more focused on my injury. About the future, it all depends on this foot.”

  1. bigtrav425 - Mar 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    he is going thru about the same thing Z went thru with the Cavs yrs ago and he went on to have a solid career.But Z was much younger then Yao thats prolly his only draw back

  2. mickdamill - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    I cannot even remember the last time Yao played, the only way I could see a team picking him up would be near minimum salary.

  3. dysraw1 - Mar 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    heres to best wishes yao

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