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Yao Ming hopes to be back, ideally with Rockets

May 20, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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His body keeps betraying him, but nobody can question Yao Ming’s desire or love of the game.

In a couple of months, doctors will be able to tell Yao if his surgically-repaired ankle would be up to the rigors of playing in the NBA — or anywhere else — ever again. A recent MRI showed improvement on the stress fracture that came after he played five games last season, he told the Houston Chronicle.

He added that if he does play again he wants it to be in Houston.

“I’d like to be here,” Yao said Thursday during an appearance at Hunters Creek Elementary School in west Houston. “Nowhere else is better than Houston for me right now.”

Yao will be a free agent this summer. By the time the lockout ends we should all have a pretty good idea if Yao can ever play again.

If so, expect the Rockets to sign him. Not for a huge deal, but both sides would like to keep this relationship going. Even if it will never be quite the same.

  1. zrbk - May 20, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    He never could’ve been a monster like Shaq or Dwight, but it’s a shame Yao’s career turned out to be such a tragedy. When the Rockets brought in T-Mac many years ago, I thought that duo could have at least made it to the Finals. Alas.

    • therookie773 - May 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      Ummm…you do know that Yao owned Dwight everytime they played right?

  2. goforthanddie - May 20, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    At some point you have to say UNCLE. You’ve done well, no shame in admitting time has won.

  3. danj3678 - May 21, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    just sign him and sit him til playoffs….. then those 10-15 games you get out of him next season will matter.

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