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2006-07-21 08:27:43

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's towering NBA player Yao Ming has declared his foot injury a non-issue ahead of August's World Championship warm-up games against America and Brazil in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. "As to my injury, I don't have any major concerns. Everything's going really smoothly," Yao told reporters at a news conference on Friday. The 7ft-5in NBA All Star broke his left foot playing for Houston Rockets on April 11, putting in doubt his participation in...

2006-04-21 08:16:40

BEIJING (Reuters) - Injured Yao Ming will not be pressured by China's basketball officials to rush back into the national team, Yao's management has said. A possible six-month recuperation period for Yao's broken foot -- sustained during an NBA match earlier in the month -- has put in doubt the Houston Rockets center's fitness for the world championships in September. Friday's Shanghai Morning Post quoted Zhang Mingji, spokesman for Team Yao, as saying the Chinese Basketball...

2006-04-19 07:24:33

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Yi Jianlian, linked with a move to the NBA, says he plans to stay with the national team rather than follow Yao Ming's path this year. The 2.1 meter forward for the Guangdong Tigers in China's premier basketball league believes he is not ready for the NBA and wants to concentrate on China, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday. "I see myself as a national team member," the Beijing News quoted Yi as saying. "After all, I haven't yet reached NBA...

2006-04-13 03:03:38

BEIJING (Reuters) - Denial, anxiety and finger-pointing are some of China's reactions to news the country's towering basketball icon Yao Ming may miss this year's World Championships through injury. The Houston Rockets' announcement of a possible six-month recuperation period for Yao's broken foot -- sustained during an NBA match on Monday -- was greeted with skepticism by China's top basketball administration. Perhaps the reporters who covered the news had misheard, Hu Jia, deputy...

2006-04-11 07:34:10

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Houston Rockets center Yao Ming broke his foot during an 85-83 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday in Salt Lake City, the team said. Yao left the game in the first quarter after breaking a bone in his left foot. The 7-foot-6, 310-pound Yao, who had already missed 21 games because of a toe infection, will have his foot examined on Tuesday, the team said. "I was just fighting for position," Yao told the Houston Chronicle. "I think (Jazz center Mehmet) Okur kicked my...

2006-04-10 01:36:41

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's first NBA star, expelled from the national team for skipping the 2002 Asian Games, made an apologetic return on Monday as China seeks to reconcile with "problem stars" ahead of the Beijing Olympics. Wang Zhizhi, who paved the way for Chinese NBA players Yao Ming and Menk Barteer when he signed for the Dallas Mavericks in 2001, was welcomed back with open arms by the China Basketball Administration, the same body that expelled him. The three became known as...

2006-03-26 23:38:37

NEW YORK (Reuters) - LeBron James scored 36 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Houston Rockets 104-102 for their fifth straight National Basketball Association win on Sunday. The Cavaliers improved to 41-29 with the victory in Houston and now sit fourth in the Eastern Conference standings, 10 games ahead of ninth-place Chicago, with 12 games left to play. Those numbers put Cleveland on the verge of clinching its first playoff spot...

2006-03-11 21:03:01

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets could miss upto five weeks due to his ailing back, the National Basketball Association team said on Saturday. The 26-year-old McGrady has already missed 15 games due to his back problems this season, knocking him out of the lineup on three different occasions. Houston is just 2-13 without its leading scorer in the lineup as the Rockets try and catch the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western...

2006-03-08 01:21:24

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Houston's Yao Ming scored 30 points and hauled down 13 rebounds to help the Rockets overcome the absence of Tracy McGrady and defeat the Timberwolves 93-87 in National Basketball Association play in Minneapolis on Tuesday. McGrady was sidelined once again with back problems, but Yao continued his recent strong offensive production to help Houston to its third straight victory. Yao has now scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive games, giving the Rockets...

2006-02-05 19:02:17

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tracy McGrady bagged 23 points and David Wesley added 19 as the Houston Rockets downed the New York Knicks 93-89 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, extending their win streak to three games. Yao Ming had 15 points and Stromile Swift added 12 to the Houston cause, the matinee kicking off a quiet day in the NBA with just three early games scheduled to avoid a clash with the Super Bowl. Jamal Crawford had 24 points to pace New York while Jalen Rose, acquired from...


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