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

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

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