Chinese media (beginning, reportedly, with Shanghai’s Oriental Sports Daily) began reporting earlier this week that Yao Ming had announced plans to quit the Chinese national team.
The center has since denied the reports to the Houston Chronicle. But his denial wasn’t too forceful.
“I haven’t announced that,” he told the Chronicle. “I think now there is no national team and all I want to worry about is playing 82 games and the playoffs.”
Yao had made comments to the Houston Chronicle before playing in his third Olympics earlier this year, indicating that this would be his last Olympic appearance. He will be almost 32 years old when the next games take place in 2012 in London. And with injuries dragging down his NBA career, including a broken foot that nearly kept him out of the Olympics, it’s not much of a stretch to think the big guy might need a break.
In other Yao news, his doctor in Houston is reportedly seeing Liu Xiang next week, to see if he can help the injured hurdler.
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