Former Chinese basketball player Yao Ming, who played for the Houston Rockets of the NBA Between 2002 and 2011, he denied that he had any interest in buying the equipment, whose owner, Leslie Alexander, announced this week that it has been put up for sale.
Yao, 36 years old and president of the Chinese basketball federation since this year, assured that for now he is focused on that managerial position: “I do not have time to consider other things,” he said in statements to the Xinhua agency, alluding to the alleged purchase of the Rockets.
Some media in the United States had raised the possibility that the retired Chinese center, or also the American star Lebron James, were interested in acquiring the Texan team, which is sold for 1.65 billion dollars.
Yao, in fact, already owns a basketball team in his country, the Shanghai Sharks, the club where he began his career, and which he bought shortly after announcing his retirement in 2011.
The former player had words of praise for Alexander, expressing his wish that the Rockets, accompanied by their newest addition, young Chinese rookie Zhou Qi, visit his country to play exhibition games. EFE