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Yao Ming: I'm Not Quitting the National Team
    2008-10-22 09:12:52     CRIENGLISH.com

Yao Ming sits on the bench in an international game.[File Photo: XKB.com.cn]

NBA Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has denied reports that he will quit the Chinese national team.

In an interview after a Rockets' training course early Wednesday, Yao said he did not know the source of the release, the sohu.com reports.

He said that he and China's top basketball administration are the only reliable sources of the news about his future with the national team.

Shanghai-based Oriental Sports Daily quoted a basketball insider as saying Tuesday that Yao would quit the national team, as the 28-year-old felt that playing for both the national team and the Rockets was too tiring.

Official denials were issued almost as soon as the news broke.

Lu Hao, a member of Yao Ming's broker team, said the report was irresponsible, while Vice President of the Chinese Basketball Association Hu Jiashi termed it as "groundless."

However, many Chinese netizens think it's time for Yao to quit the national team.

Figures from leading domestic Web sites showed that more than 70 percent of the internet users surveyed suggested Yao concentrate on the Rockets and spare no effort to win an NBA championship title.

Disputes over Yao's future with the national team heated up before the Beijing Olympic Games, as many thought frequent travel between two countries would cost the player too much time and energy.

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle in early August, Yao said the Beijing Games would be his last Olympic tour.



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