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BAMAPHIN 22
11-04-2006, 06:47 PM
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The NBA's next Yao Ming, Yi Jianlian, has received permission (http://english.sina.com/sports/1/2006/1103/93665.html) from his club to enter the 2007 NBA draft.

Yi led his team, Guangdong Tigers, to three straight national championships.

The little fellow is 2.1 meters (6'11") and was recruited when he was 19 years old.

The player still needs the approval of the Chinese Basketball Association and an exemption to a CBA rule that does not allow players to be drafted if they are under 22.Yi is just 20.

NBA teams, of course, are drooling. Whether this boy is as good as Yao Ming, is not a real issue.

Another Chinese player on any NBA team means more Chinese will buy tickets and the popularity of the NBA in China will continue to grow = big bucks (http://www.srch-results.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=77&k=big%20bucks).

http://www.netscape.com/viewstory/2006/11/04/chinas-next-yao-ming/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.panasianbiz.com%2F2006%2F11%2Fchinas_next_yao_ming.html&frame=true

King Felix
11-04-2006, 10:34 PM
well i hope he can come into the draft because i know portland will get screwed out of greg oden so there will be another option along with noah.

Majpain
11-04-2006, 10:36 PM
Minny needs a big man at center!

FinsNYanksFan13
11-05-2006, 12:23 PM
I'm not sure but I think Real Sports did a piece on this kid a few years back. Again I'm not sure it was him but I think it was!

Nappy Roots
11-05-2006, 01:18 PM
i hope he has something Yao does not. cause if Yao was 6'11 he would suck...

finfansince72
11-06-2006, 10:45 AM
i hope he has something Yao does not. cause if Yao was 6'11 he would suck...

Heart?

Buddwalk
11-06-2006, 11:34 AM
reminds me more of pau gasol then yao ming

Buddwalk
11-06-2006, 11:37 AM
well i hope he can come into the draft because i know portland will get screwed out of greg oden so there will be another option along with noah.

next years draft is going to be awesome..there will be like 4-5 center prospects that i could see starting in this league.

Greg Oden 7''0 280 lbs. Ohio State
Hasheem Thabeet 7''3 270 lbs. UCONN
Spencer Hawes 6''11 250 lbs. Washington
Roy Hibbert 7''2 278 lbs. Georgetown
Aaron Gray 7''1 280 lbs. Pittsburgh

Buddwalk
11-06-2006, 11:40 AM
i hope he has something Yao does not. cause if Yao was 6'11 he would suck...

yup...athleticism, hes in the mold of a SF/PF...not a center

King Felix
11-06-2006, 04:19 PM
yeah i dont want noah as a blazer....i havent seen that guy from uconn but portland needs a bruiser for long term