Yao Ming Rock­ets deal ru­mours fizzle out

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BEI­JING: For­mer NBA star Yao Ming has scotched ru­mours he was in­ter­ested in buy­ing his old team the Hous­ton Rock­ets, say­ing he was too busy to con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity. Yao, who played for the Rock­ets from 2002 to 2011 be­fore re­tir­ing, told the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency on Fri­day he was ded­i­cated to his role as pres­i­dent of the Chi­nese Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. “I have no time to con­sider any­thing else (in­clud­ing buy­ing Hous­ton Rock­ets),” said Yao, who was in­ducted into the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame last Septem­ber. His com­ments came af­ter long-time Rock­ets owner Les­lie Alexan­der put the club up for sale last week. The Chi­nese cen­tre’s strong ties to the club had fu­elled spec­u­la­tion about his pos­si­ble in­ter­est in buy­ing. He was feted by the Rock­ets ear­lier this year when they re­tired the ground­break­ing Chi­nese player’s num­ber 11 jer­sey. Yao, who av­er­aged 19.2 points and nine re­bounds for the Rock­ets, be­came a global am­bas­sador for the sport dur­ing his eight NBA sea­sons. —AFP

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