Monday , Mar , 10 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Rookie Yi Jianlian’s Season Cut Short


Milwaukee Bucks forward Yi Jianlian faced reporters for the first time since he traveled to Los Angeles to have his injured right wrist examined, and the 7-foot rookie said more medical tests were needed.Yi did not offer details on when or where those exams will take place, and he said he still hoped to be able to return to the court this season. The Bucks have just 19 games left after their 119-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center.Yi returned to Milwaukee on Saturday after being examined by three doctors in Los Angeles, and he was on the bench Sunday wearing a blue sport coat.

Yi said he wasn’t sure when the wrist injury occurred but indicated that it had become more painful in the past week. He also suffered a right shoulder injury and a sprained left ankle during the past two months, after staying healthy and starting the first 48 games of the season. Yi has played in 58 of the Bucks’ 63 games this season. He missed two in February after hurting his shoulder and has missed the last three games with the wrist injury.Click here for more from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.