"I am very excited," Yao said Tuesday. "I am just looking forward to playing a great season. I think I can count on my foot now."
General manager Daryl Morey says the team will be cautious with Yao and limit his minutes early in the season. Morey said Clanton's diagnosis was a "key hurdle" in Yao's road back.
"It's great news," Morey said. "It's what we anticipated, but until you get over these milestones, you're never for sure. He looks like his old self. He still has a ways to go on his wind and things like that. But it's just good to see him out there."
This is, without a doubt, the best possible news for Houston Rockets fans.
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