Yao Ming says move to Cleveland "unknown"

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press Writer Modified: June 19, 2009 at 1:47 pm •  Published: June 19, 2009
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder center Nenad Krstic guards Houston Rockets' Yao Ming in their game January 9, 2009 in Oklahoma City.    BY HUGH SCOTT, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma City Thunder center Nenad Krstic guards Houston Rockets' Yao Ming in their game January 9, 2009 in Oklahoma City. BY HUGH SCOTT, THE OKLAHOMAN

BEIJING— Rockets center Yao Ming has called a possible move to Cleveland an "unknown" amid rumors that the Cavaliers' new Chinese part owners want to sign him.

In a recent interview with his hometown Shanghai TV station, Yao said he continued to have "much affection" for the Houston Rockets, the team that took him in the first round of the 2002 draft and with whom he has played all six of his NBA seasons.

Yao has not won a championship, but said Houston's drive to the second-round of the playoffs this year had given him hope that the Rockets can contend next season.

Rumors of a possible move to Cleveland have swirled since a group of Chinese investors signed an agreement last month with the Cavaliers to become minority owners. The move is expected to boost the team's popularity and marketing opportunities in China, where Cleveland star LeBron James is very popular.

"This is all an unknown," Yao said in the interview, a transcript of which was posted online Friday.



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