Wednesday , Aug , 29 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Bad Advice: Yi Jianlian Ends Up Signing With Milwaukee Bucks

Since June, Yi’s advisers have advised him to snub the NBA Draft, insult the city of Milwaukee, create an international incident between the United States and China, get misquoted more than Terrell Owens, and force an American Senator to beg for a courtesy meeting …


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the Bucks signing Yi Jianlian:

And the 7-foot power forward indeed will be playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.

After Bucks owner Herb Kohl made a trip to Hong Kong to conduct personal negotiations with Yi’s representatives, the young Chinese star signed a multiyear deal with the Bucks, ending a saga that began on draft night when he was selected with the sixth overall pick by Milwaukee.

The Bucks announced the signing at 2:15 a.m Milwaukee time (3:15 p.m. in Hong
Kong).

My Quick Take:  Yi has an entourage of advisers that would make most rappers jealous. But just who has been providing the advice?

Since June, Yi’s advisers have advised him to snub the NBA Draft, insult the city of Milwaukee, create an international incident between the United States and China, get misquoted more than Terrell Owens, and force an American Senator to beg for a courtesy meeting.

And nothing was gained from this drama. Yi still signed with.

Worst of all, Yi’s advisers have set their client up to fail. Because of his summer holdout, he enters the NBA with more hype than the movie Snakes On A Plane and we all remember how that flick turned out, right? 

There’s now way Yi meets expectations. He’s already missed valuable summer workouts and his play in the Las Vegas league left much to be desired. Now rumors are circulating he’s pulled a Vlade Divac/Dikembe Mutombo and is actually 23 years old instead of 19.

I hope things work out for Yi. I really do. As a Canadian I love foreign players who add to the NBA with their play and culture. But the key word is add, not change.

Hopefully, Yi’s advisers are listening. Even better, I hope Yi starts making his own decisions or finds new advisers. He couldn’t do any worse.

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