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gameface_one
04-11-2007, 10:58 PM
New Chinese sensation heads to NBA
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BEIJIING - China's 20-year-old basketball sensation Yi Jianlian, touted as the new Yao Ming, heads to the United States Wednesday to blaze his own National Basketball Association trail.

The seven-foot (2.12-metre) power forward is expected to be a top pick in June's NBA draft and has long been seen as the best player to come out of China since Yao, the All-Star centre for the Houston Rockets.

"I think he is 100 percent prepared for the NBA. Take a look at his numbers over four years and you'll see he has made a dramatic improvement," China Basketball Association chief Li Yuanwei told the China Daily.

"I am very confident he will find his way very soon in the United States."

Yi said he wanted to carve out his own NBA path, and not follow in the footsteps of Yao or Wang Zhizhi, the first Chinese player to join the NBA in 2001.

"I want to walk my own road," he said. "The NBA is my dream place so this is obviously the biggest challenge of my life.

"But I am not going to be the next Yao Ming or Wang Zhizhi. I want to do it my way."

Eight NBA executives and scouts came to China last month to watch Yi's Guangdong Tigers lose to Wang's Bayi Rockets in the CBA finals.

The defeat was a huge blow for Yi -- who described it as the biggest disappointment of his life.

"I want to use my NBA career as compensation for the loss. I really hope to shrug it off as soon as possible," he said.

The young Chinese star, already a massive marketing draw here, trained in the United States in 2002 and is heading first to Los Angeles Wednesday where he will join a pre-draft training camp.

"I will need some time to get used to the intensity of the games in the NBA," he said.

"I don't think I will have any trouble integrating into American society. I feel quite comfortable as my parents will be there during my rookie year." AFP

Kid Cubao
04-12-2007, 08:37 AM
this is the same player that dropped 35 points against serbia and montenegro in olympic competition in 2004. he was 17 years old at the time. if he works diligently and takes pride on his defense, he'll be an all star and MVP candidate in the NBA. ganun sya kagaling.

bigfreeze_bibby
04-13-2007, 11:12 AM
this is the same player that dropped 35 points against serbia and montenegro in olympic competition in 2004. he was 17 years old at the time. if he works diligently and takes pride on his defense, he'll be an all star and MVP candidate in the NBA. ganun sya kagaling.


Yup. Siya rin yan pre. Bata pa and malayo pa mararating with proper coaching and guidance. He can play the tall wingman role if he enters the NBA.

gameface_one
04-13-2007, 12:06 PM
Top Chinese prospect looks to impress for NBA draft
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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top young basketball prospect has flown to the United States to pursue his NBA dream with the support of coaches and officials who blocked the 19-year-old from entering the draft in 2006.

Yi Jianlian hopes to impress scouts and coaches at a pre-draft training camp in Los Angeles and become the fourth Chinese NBA player after Wang Zhizhi, Menk Bateer and current
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming.

"Of course, I'm really happy to be going," Yi told Thursday's Beijing News. "To be finally able to leave the country is too exciting."

The 2.11-meter (6 ft 11 in) teenager was touted for the 2006 draft but blocked by his club Guangdong after the China Basketball Association (CBA) voiced concerns about players missing national games while warming benches for NBA teams.

After China failed to make the quarter-finals at the 2006 world championship in Japan, Yao Ming slammed China's league administrators and said more players should be sent overseas in preparation for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

In November, Yi's club cleared the hip-hop music loving teenager to enter the 2007 NBA draft on June 28. Yi, reportedly sought by several clubs, is likely to be one of the top picks.

"It is very hard to take, seeing Yi leave to take part in the draft," Guangdong coach Chen Haitao told the Beijing News.

"After all, I watched Yi grow up. Of course, I hope he can learn some things to make him stronger. I don't want him to come back and play CBA."

CBA Vice Director Hu Jiashi said he supported Yi's move and the exposure to top coaches and sophisticated training programs would help improve Chinese basketball.

"This will help improve our skills and as far as the national team is concerned, it will be very beneficial to our preparations," Hu said.

Yi, dubbed the "next Yao Ming," told the China Daily he wanted to step out of the shadows of his "Great Wall" predecessors, Wang, Bateer and Yao.

"The NBA is my dream place, so this is obviously the biggest challenge of my life," Yi said. "But I am not going to be the next Yao Ming or Wang Zhizhi. I want to do it my way.