Yao Ming: Center’s Return Puts Rockets Back in National TV Spotlight

August 3rd, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »

In what qualifies as the "no duh" statement of the year, the NBA and its broadcast partners think more of the Houston Rockets with Yao Ming than without him.

A year after league schedulers banned the crippled Rockets from national TV, save for a token ESPN appearance after they had been eliminated from postseason contention, they decided to feature Houston's pro hoops squad moments after the ultimate bling ceremony.

The two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers will snatch up the rings they secured by beating the Boston Celtics on June 17 in a mucky, Game Seven clangfest. Then, they will begin the quest for Phil Jackson's fourth three-peat against the retooled Rockets.

The expected return of a 7'6" giant makes that adjective— which seems inappropriate for a team that finished the summer in quiet fashion by drafting Patrick Patterson, signing Brad Miller, and retaining free agents Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry— applicable.

The fireworks launch Tuesday Oct. 26 at 9:30 p.m. Central on TNT. The league will also showcase the Rockets four nights later on N ...

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