Checkup Goes Well, But Yao Not Yet Cleared To Play

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HOUSTON -- The prognosis for Yao Ming's left foot is "very good," but it remains uncertain whether the Houston Rockets' center will be cleared to play in time for a pre-Olympics tournament. That's what his agent said today.

Agent John Huizinga says Yao had a checkup today that went well,
but disputed reports that his client would play July 17th through
the 20th in the Stankovic Cup, a pre-Olympics tournament in China.

Huizinga said in a story today on the Houston Chronicle's Web
site -- quote -- "Everything is going very well. If he is cleared,
he might have a chance to play, but it is much too early to talk
about that schedule now."

The 27-year-old Yao averaged 22 points and nearly eleven
rebounds a game for the Rockets this season. But a stress fracture
in his left foot sidelined Yao on February 27th. He hasn't played
since.

Yao says he will not leave for China until the Rockets clear him
to practice. Today, a team spokesman told the Houston newspaper
that Yao is scheduled to meet with team doctors at the end of the
month.




 
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