Yao Ming may bid for LA Clip­pers: re­port

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Re­tired bas­ket­ball star Yao Ming said “any­thing is pos­si­ble” amid spec­u­la­tion that the for­mer Hous­ton Rock­ets cen­ter is putting to­gether a bid for the Los Angeles Clip­pers with Chi­nese in­vestors.

Yao, who owns the Shang­hai Sharks bas­ket­ball team in China, is as­sem­bling a group to buy the Clip­pers fran­chise, sports chan­nel ESPN re­ported on its web­site, cit­ing uniden­ti­fied sources.

The Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion told owner Don­ald Ster­ling last week that it in­tends to force a sale in the wake of racist com­ments that got him banned from the league for life.

“I know there are a lot of ru­mors, but I don’t think I have time to clar­ify the ru­mors one by one,” Yao, 33, told jour­nal­ists on Sun­day in Bei­jing, where he was at­tend­ing a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at a bas­ket­ball school named af­ter him. “Nowa­days, sports are glob­al­ized, and any­thing is pos­si­ble, but so far, there is noth­ing sub­stan­tial.” (Photo 2)

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