Yi Jianlian’s dream is to carve out his own career in the NBA, NOT just be another Yao Ming.
The former Guangdong Tiger power forward is expected to go in the first round…then challenge Yao as China’s hottest basketball export.
One Hall of Fame coach says about Yi –
“He has much more body control than Yao, and he’s a much better jumper. I’m real high on him, and I think I’m right.”
He’s fast, has soft hands and can jump (his first dunk was at 13-14-years of age), but he lacks upper body strength and toughness is the going assessment.
He is the son of two professional
handball players in Heshan.
He idolized Michael Jordan. (What aspiring bball player doesn’t?)
He loves hip hop.
Yi was also a member of China’s Olympic team in Athens.
Yi and Yao will play together next year on China’s Olympic Team.
And no matter what anybody else thinks, the NBA is going to make a lot more money and attract a lot more fans having another top notch player in the league.
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