Yi Jianlian Rumors

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Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian
Position: None
Born: 10/28/87
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Mudiay had resisted playing in China. “Hell no was my first response,” he says. But Guangdong offered him a chance to support his family. For years Mudiay had watched his mother work 10-hour days. He wanted her to stop, so he took the best offer he had. Therese quit her job and moved to China with him. Stephane, too. The Tigers rented the family an apartment in a high rise five minutes from their arena. China, predictably, required adjustments. Two-a-days every day. Weights in the morning, skill work in the afternoon. The game there was more physical. Mudiay competed mostly against grown men—Yi Jianlian, an NBA lottery pick in 2007, was one of his teammates—and referees were more reticent with their calls. Once, early in the season, Mudiay was clotheslined. No whistle. “Totally different level of physical play,” he says.
Mudiay, who can speak French, understands how to adjust to new cultures. He went from being born in the Congo to living in the states for high school and then heading to China to play professionally. Even though he sprained his ankle there and missed most of the season—he’s been healed for a few months—he stuck out his contract and put in the rehab and shooting work. “One of my clients is Yi Jianlian, and he played with Emmanuel in China,” Joe Abunassar said. “The first thing he said to me about Emmanuel was, ‘He’s a good kid and a hard worker and a really good player.'”
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But new Wizards guard Will Bynum, who signed a 10-day contract with Washington last Friday, was the 27-year-old Yi’s teammate in China on the Guangdong Southern Tigers for three months earlier this year and emphasized Yi is capable of an NBA comeback. “Yi’s [expletive] good,” Bynum said after Wizards practice Thursday. “I played against him when he was here too, when he was in Milwaukee and Jersey. He got a whole lot better. He’s physical now. He always could shoot the basketball. He’s rolling. Yi’s tough, man. He’s a matchup nightmare over there.”
The Chinese Basketball Association season is currently in its playoff semifinals, meaning a slew of former NBA players could be available as free agents in the coming weeks. There has been interest in former Celtic Lester Hudson, who scored 40 points in Xinjiang’s victory over Dongguan. Former Sacramento King Bobby Brown tallied 45 points in that game. Other ex-NBAers in China are Shelden Williams, Delonte West, James Singleton, Donte Green, Yi Jianlian, Dominique Jones, and Hamed Haddadi.
First, let’s do a roll call shall we? The following were present at the game, either participating in the game or watching from the sidelines: Yao Ming, Tracy Mcgrady, Joakim Noah, Metta World Peace, Luis Scola, George Hill, Kyle Lowry, Ricky Rubio, Chris Singleton, John Wall, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Chinese players Yi Jianlian, Wang Zhelin, Sun Yue, Liu Wei, Wang Zhi Zhi and super-famous Brazil and Real Madrid soccer/futbol player Kaka. Yes, that Kaka. (Bonus: Here’s a hilarious picture of Kaka with Yao and Wang Zhi Zhi from last night.)
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Yi Jianlian is a champion again, yet he can’t get a sniff from the NBA – even after dominating throughout the season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, who won the CBA championship by sweeping all three playoff rounds. Could Yi, who can now safely be called an NBA washout, be a replacement piece that could help one of several injury- riddled NBA teams in the playoffs? The answer that Yi’s camp has been getting is a consistent ‘No.’
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In an interview with posted this afternoon by Sina Sports, Arenas was quoted saying he is preparing to come to China to play with Guangdong. The piece also states that he is willing to undergo a try-out with the team, although Arenas is not quoted as saying such during the actual interview. Earlier today, on Gilbert Arenas’ recently opened Sina Weibo account, the former All-Star wrote: “Packed and ready to go to China! Can’t wait to meet my coaches and teammates and reunite with my buddy Yi for a Championship run.” This afternoon, he directed a Weibo at Yi Jianlian, saying: “Hey buddy, I’m coming!”
The seven-time CBA titlist crashed out of last season’s playoffs in the opening round against eventual champion the Beijing Ducks. The team has now vowed to recapture the crown with Yi’s return. “It is a great help for us at this time. It has refueled the team while boosting our confidence to regain the championship,” said veteran forward Zhu Fangyu. Li Yuanwei, a former CBA chief, was upbeat about Yi’s return as well. “It’s good news both for him and the league. He needs enough minutes to maintain his form and the CBA needs local idols to keep moving forward,” he said.
After opening last season in the Chinese Basketball Association with his home club, the Guangdong Southern Tigers, during the NBA lockout, the backbone of the Chinese national team, Yi Jianlian, will return to play in the domestic league again for the entire 2012-2013 season. “Playing basketball is always the most important thing for me — anywhere on any stage,” Yi said on his micro-blog after flying to Beijing from New York on Saturday. “It’s been part of my life. I am really looking forward to the new season at home,” he said. Guangdong’s General Manager Liu Hongjiang confirmed Yi’s return to the club on its official website on Sunday, stressing it’s a whole-season commitment without an opt-out clause this time. “We talked about the possibility to return in May and he almost accepted our offer at that time,” Liu said.
China’s basketball star Yi Jianlian has signed a one-year contract with Guangdong Hongyuan of the China Basketball Association (CBA) for the coming season, Sina.com.cn reports. Back from the United States over the weekend, Yi told reporters that he would put on Hongyuan’s Jersey for the coming season to help his team win an 8th CBA Championship. Liu Hongjiang, the general manager of Guangdong Hongyuan, said Yi will not be in the “always ready” position like last season. Yi will play the entire season this time, and if possible, he may participate in the 2013 National Games held in Liaoning for Guangdong Province.
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Yi Jianlian, who is reportedly receiving high levels of interest from top flight European teams, including Real Madrid, is committed to playing in the NBA next season. Speaking to NetEase on Sunday, Lu Yu, a member of Yi’s representative team, said that although there has been communication with European teams, Europe is at this point a secondary option. “For now, we’re not considering playing in Spain,” said Lu. “I can only say that Yi’s first choice is to return to the NBA.”