View Full Version : Report: Yi's Chinese team to block Yi from Bucks [ESPN]

07-17-2007, 09:10 AM
The Milwaukee Bucks' campaign to secure the services of reluctant power forward Yi Jianlian has suffered a blow after the player's Chinese club said it would block his move to the United States.

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07-17-2007, 09:26 AM
The NBA needs to step up here and tell China that Yi won't be allowed to play in the NBA at all unless he honors his drafting by the Bucks.

Of course, money-hungry Napolean will instead do the wrong thing again and cave to the Chinese like a little *****.

07-17-2007, 09:30 AM
Shade is right. He should be restricted from playing at all in the NBA if he won't play for the team that drafted him.

07-17-2007, 09:33 AM
wow, that is just so stupid :mad:

they should have just gave in as gracefully as they could once their bluff got called by the bucks.

milwaukee is a *great* situation for yi - the very fact that their frontcourt is good means less pressure on yi, giving him more time to develop.

those guys are kidding themselves if they think yi is going to be a starter straight away like yao was. which team exactly, would start yi?

despite their denial, i'm still willing to bet that commercial interests has everything to do with this decision. patriotism? how exactly do they expect yi to improve by sitting out the year? if they were really so patriotic then they should have let yi enter the draft earlier, then he'll have more than 1 season to develop in time for the olympics

it's just so :mad:

like yao said, yi had better start taking some control over himself, because his "handlers" are ruining him.

07-17-2007, 09:39 AM
"This is not -- as media reports have said -- because Milwaukee, as a city with very few Chinese people, is not good for Yi's commercial development," Chen said.

"Rather we want to find a team suitable for Yi's growth. That's the root of the problem," he added.


Chen expressed concern that Yi would have trouble getting playing time with the Bucks, whose squad boasts Australian 7-footer Andrew Bogut and a number of other tall young players.

"The national team and the Olympic Games are now our key considerations ... If [Yi] goes to a team where he can't compete, that would be being irresponsible to the national team," Chen said.

LOL@ trying to spin using him as a propaganda machine by saying they want to use him as a propaganda machine.

07-17-2007, 01:15 PM
Ban Yi from the league entirely if this is their decision.

07-18-2007, 02:50 PM
This sucks for the Bucks if he doesn't end up playing for them... they should be compensated in some way, probably cash or something.