The “Houston Chronicle” reported on Thursday that Houston Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming says his surgically repaired left ankle is progressing nicely and that he hopes to remain a member of the team. The 7’6″ native of China told reporters that the latest MRI results of his ankle show that it is healing properly from the stress fracture that ended his season quite early. Yao was on the court in just five games for the Rockets in the recently concluded campaign. The center will become an unrestricted Free Agent this summer but he made it clear to media members that he wants to stay with the only team he has played for in his career in the Association. He said “I’d like to be here. Nowhere else is better than Houston for me right now.”
The Rockets big man is in the process of rehabilitating the ankle and so far everything has gone quite smoothly. He still is not sure whether the ankle will be strong enough to allow him to play next season. Yao told reporters “Right now I’m not ready, but I still have a couple months, maybe more.”
The Houston brain-trust have expressed a desire to re-sign their center if he is healthy. Yao was selected by the Rockets with the number one pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. He has averaged 19.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game throughout his career.