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10/30/02

Houston's Yao Ming Ready for NBA Debut

On Wednesday, Houston's Yao Ming jogged onto the court in a gray Rockets sweatsuit for a workout in the hours before his first NBA game. The Rockets visit Indiana on Wednesday night.

Yao, who took part in a shootaround, says he's really excited and a little bit nervous. Yao isn't scheduled to start -- he'll back up center Kelvin Cato. Coach Rudy Tomjanovich says Yao could play about 20 minutes.

Yao was the top overall pick in the June 26 draft, but the Chinese player didn't join the Rockets until October 20th. Yao played in just two preseason games, averaging 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Yao has shown a soft touch with his jump shot, but during the preseason he was bowled over by body checks and often got into foul trouble. He was whistled for eight fouls in a total of 37 minutes.

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