Yi Jianlian

Yi Jianlian
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Height ft  in ( m)
Weight lb ( kg)
TeamMilwaukee Bucks
NationalityChina
BornSeptember 27 1987 (1987--) (age 20) (disputed)
Shenzhen, Guangdong
Draft1st round, 6th overall, 2007
Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career2002–present
Former teamsGuangdong Southern Tigers (2002–2007)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yi.
Yi Jianlian (Simplified Chinese: 易建联; Traditional Chinese: 易建聯; Pinyin: Yì Jiànlián; Cantonese: Yik Ginlyùn), born on October 27, 1987 (disputed, see below), in Heshan, Guangdong, China is a Chinese professional basketball player. As a power forward, Yi previously played for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association as the 6th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. He was initially reluctant to sign with the Bucks, reportedly because his agents and handlers preferred that he play for a team based in a city with a large Asian population. His agents and handlers denied this, though, stating that they were simply worried about whether or not Yi would get satisfactory playing time for the upcoming Olympics.

Pre-NBA career

Yi's father is {} tall, while his mother is {}. Both of them are retired professional handball players.[1] Yi started playing basketball when he was 12,[2] was {} by the time he was 13, and could already touch {} by the time he joined the Guangdong Tigers in 2002.[1] In the same year, Yi Jianlian attended the Adidas ABCD camp in New Jersey.[2]

He first gained worldwide recognition when he was featured in TIME magazine's August 24, 2003 article titled, "The Next Yao Ming."

He won the Rookie of the Year award in the 2002-03 CBA season, and won three championships with Guangdong.[3] In February of 2005, Yi shot 16 of 16 from the field, scoring 34 points.[4] In what was probably Yi's last year in the CBA, the Tigers lost to the Bayi Rockets in the 2007 CBA finals, failing to win their fourth straight title.[5]

Internationally, he averaged 1.9 points 1.5 rebounds a game at FIBA Under-19 World Championships.[3] He debuted with the senior national team in the 2004 Olympic Games, and averaged 6 points and 6 rebounds a game at the 2006 FIBA World Championships,[3] impressing coaches on both the Chinese national team as well as the coaches from other countries.[7]

NBA Draft

Yi was not expected to enter the NBA Draft until 2009 because the Chinese Basketball Association does not allow players to leave until they turn 22.[8] In early 2006, he announced he would enter the 2006 NBA Draft, although he eventually decided to withdraw, saying he was "not good enough to compete in the NBA and needed more experience."[9] However, on November 1, 2006, Yi's club, the Guangdong Tigers, announced that Yi would enter the 2007 NBA Draft. It was reported in China that Yi only wants to play for the Chicago Bulls or the Golden State Warriors.[10][11][12][13]

Yi chose NBA agent Dan Fegan to represent him in the NBA Draft.[14] He also flew to Los Angeles to participate in pre-NBA Draft camps.[15]

On June 28, 2007, Yi was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Since Milwaukee was not on the list of Yi's preferred teams, it was uncertain whether he would play. The Bucks were not one of the teams invited to his pre-draft private workouts in Los Angeles. On July 5, Bucks general manager Larry Harris and head coach Larry Krystkowiak met Yi in a Las Vegas, Nevada hotel, hoping to persuade him to play for Milwaukee.[16]

There were rumors Yi's agent would attempt to force the Bucks to trade his NBA rights to a city where there is a large Asian community such as the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, or Golden State Warriors. The owner of the Bucks franchise, Senator Herb Kohl, wrote a letter to Yi and his representatives. The owner hopes that once Yi knows the city better, and realize that Milwaukee is not far from Chicago, Yi will decide to play for the Bucks.

It was rumored that NBA commissioner David Stern was involved behind the scenes, attempting to persuade Yi to sign with Milwaukee. After owner Herb Kohl made a special trip to Hong Kong to appeal to Yi personally[1], on August 29th, the Bucks and Yi agreed to a multi-year deal (terms not disclosed).

Age discrepancy

Questions surround his real birthdate, as his official passport and hukou (residency papers) in China have him listed as being born on October 27, 1987. However, it has been rumored that his date of birth may have been intentionally falsified so he could play in junior competitions. The estimates of his birth year are between 1981 and 1984. In 2004, he was listed as being born in 1984 in China's Four Nation Tournament,[17] although authorities said it was only a "typo". NBA draft site DraftExpress.com also listed him as being born in 1984.[18]

Fran Blinebury of the Houston Chronicle reported that Yi told Shane Battier he was 24 in an exhibition game before the 2006 FIBA World Championship.[19] If this statement were true, it would place Yi's year of birth in either 1981 or 1982 (the 2006 Worlds were held in August and September, before Yi's listed birth date of October 27). However, a Chinese newspaper reported that Battier disavowed the comment attributed to him. Yi has gone on record saying that he did not talk to Battier about his age and that he was born in 1987 and that anyone saying anything else would be slandering him. In August 2007, China's state media CCTV reports that Yi Jianlian was indeed born in 1984, citing a link from a government registration website. [20] At his first NBA practice on October 4, 2007, Yi refused to answer questions about his real age.[21]

Personal

Yi is fluent in both Mandarin and his home language of Cantonese. He also takes daily English classes, and now does interviews and conversations in English without an interpreter.[22]

He is currently under contract with Nike to endorse its products in China.[23].

Notes

1. ^ Larmer, Brook. "What's Next?", August 24, 2003. Retrieved on 2007-05-02.2003"> 
2. ^ "Yi no Yao, but ABCD has Chinese flavor", July 9, 2002. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.2002"> 
3. ^ 2006 FIBA World Championships. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
4. ^ "Liaoning ensure division-leading place in CBA league", February 3, 2005. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.2005"> 
5. ^ "Bayi Win Chinese Basketball Title over Guangdong", March 29, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.2007"> 
6. ^ 2006 FIBA World Championships. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
7. ^ "USA-China Post Game Quotes (August 7], 2006)]", USA Basketball, August 7, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-09-07.2006%29&rft.identifier=http%3A%2F%2Fusabasketball.com%2Fseniormen%2F2006%2F06_mwc_exhibition_game2_quotes.html&rft.publisher=USA%20Basketball&rft.date=August%207,%202006"> 
8. ^ Rui, Zhau. "Yi can enter 2007 NBA draft", November 3, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-03-02.2006"> 
9. ^ Rui, Zhau. "China's Yi Jianlian not ready for NBA yet", April 20, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.2006"> 
10. ^ DraftExpress: Mock Draft. Retrieved on 2007-05-02.
11. ^ NBADraft.net. Retrieved on 2007-05-02.
12. ^ InsideHoops.com – NBA Mock Draft. Retrieved on 2007-05-02.
13. ^ Hoopshype – NBA Draft 2007. Retrieved on 2007-05-02.
14. ^ Chris, Sheridan. "Fegan will represent Yi for contract, marketing", November 8, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.2006"> 
15. ^ "[Message from Yao to Yi Fegan will represent Yi for contract, marketing]", April 13, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.2007"> 
16. ^ Bucks meet with Yi in Las Vegas, begin lobbying July 6, 2007
17. ^ Smith, Aran. "Yi Jianlian actually 19 years old", July 14, 2004. Retrieved on 2007-05-02.2004"> 
18. ^ DraftExpress Profile : Yi Jianlian. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
19. ^ Blinebury, Fran. "China rushing to match talent on court before 2008 Olympics", Houston Chronicle, August 26, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-03-12.2006"> 
20. ^ Yi Jianlian 23 years old. Retrieved on 2007-08-27.
21. ^ Yi practices with Bucks for the first time after arriving from China, dodges age question, October 4, 2007
22. ^ Chad, Ford. "China rushing to match talent on court before 2008 Olympics", ESPN, May 21, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.ESPN&rft.date=May%2021,%202007"> 
23. ^ Forney, Matthew. "How Nike Figured Out China", October 17, 2004. Retrieved on 2007-05-02.2004"> 

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