[ 2007-01-23 11:08 ]
center Yao Ming rubs his face with his jersey near the end of the Rockets'
NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Target Center in
Minneapolis December 6, 2006. Minnesota won 90-84. Ming finished with 14
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, recovering from a broken leg,
said he will "definitely not" play in the All-Star
Game but hopes to start on-court
workouts during the Feb. 16-18 All-Star break, the Houston
"It's going pretty well so far," Yao said, according to the Chronicle. "Right
now we're looking for some rehab to make the muscle stronger so when I'm back to
play, I'm not hurting."
Yao has been out with a fractured
tibia since Dec. 23, but as of Jan. 4, still led all NBA players
with 1,775,413 votes for the All-Star Game in Las Vegas. Starters for the
All-Star Game are expected to be announced Thursday.
Yao said missing All-Star Weekend is "good timing" because he'll be able to
spend time working out without missing any more games, the newspaper reported.
"Actually, it's pretty good to me to stay home, do my work and get back to
the court," Yao said, according to the Chronicle.