Yao Ming mum on future with Rockets

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Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 19 at 10:30 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Yao Ming is staying tightlipped about his future once his contract with the Houston Rockets expires at the end of this month.

The oft-injured center declined to answer questions about his plans at an appearance on behalf of the Special Olympics on Sunday, saying he didn't want to discuss anything not related to his work with the charity.

He said previously he hoped to stay with Houston, now coached by Kevin McHale.

The 7-foot-6 All-Star has said doctors tell him his surgically repaired left ankle is healing properly, but that he won't know before later this summer if he will be able to play next season. He becomes a restricted free agent July 1.

Injuries have limited Yao to just five games since the 2008-09 season.

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