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http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2939260

Report: Chinese team says Bucks not best for Yi

BEIJING -- The Milwaukee Bucks' campaign to secure the services of reluctant power forward Yi Jianlian has suffered a blow after the player's Chinese club said it would block his move to the United States.

Yi, taken by Milwaukee with the sixth selection in the NBA draft last month, would "definitely not" play for Milwaukee, Tuesday's Beijing News quoted Guangdong Tigers chief, Chen Haitao, as saying.

"This is not -- as media reports have said -- because Milwaukee, as a city with very few Chinese people, is not good for Yi's commercial development," Chen said.

"Rather we want to find a team suitable for Yi's growth. That's the root of the problem," he added.

Earlier in July, Yi's Chinese agent said the unsigned player was looking to be traded to another club, despite pledges by Milwaukee officials to do whatever they could to make him feel at home.

Chen expressed concern that Yi would have trouble getting playing time with the Bucks, whose squad boasts Australian 7-footer Andrew Bogut and a number of other tall young players.

"The national team and the Olympic Games are now our key considerations ... If [Yi] goes to a team where he can't compete, that would be being irresponsible to the national team," Chen said.

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That's a damn crock... he shouldn't be available to other teams in the NBA for a while (longer than a year). I think this sets a bad precedent.

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So, players are allowed to choose which team drafts them now...interesting. Why even have a draft at all if players can simply undermine it and decide to they want to go to Team X instead of Team Y? Let's just reverse the draft and rather than having teams draft players, we can just let the players draft the teams they want to go to... um, yeah, whatever.

This is total BS. You either play for the team that drafted you, or you don't play and that team should get a cap break so they can go out and sign someone else to lessen the impact. That way the league stands firm on the draft, punishes those who try to corrupt it, and helps out the teams who get shafted.

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This is total BS. You either play for the team that drafted you, or you don't play and that team should get a cap break so they can go out and sign someone else to lessen the impact. That way the league stands firm on the draft, punishes those who try to corrupt it, and helps out the teams who get shafted.

Exactly. If Stern lets China get away with this by securing a trade, he's just weakening his league a little bit.

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Milwaukee was stupid to draft a player that openly said he did not want to play for them. Especially in a situation like this one. It's not like he can't just sit out and play for China for a year or two.

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Milwaukee was stupid to draft a player that openly said he did not want to play for them. Especially in a situation like this one. It's not like he can't just sit out and play for China for a year or two.

Actually the Bucks have more power here than it seems. They hold his NBA rights forever now. If he wants to play for American $$ and not for his next sweet and sour chicken allowance it will be as a Milwaukee Buck unless the BUCKS decide to trade him, not Yi.

Personally, even with the Bucks being my local team, I hope they stand firm and tell Yi to stick it.

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Ironic isn't it...communist China has a problem with the last bastions of socialism in America, ie. the sports draft.

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Actually the Bucks have more power here than it seems. They hold his NBA rights forever now. If he wants to play for American $$ and not for his next sweet and sour chicken allowance it will be as a Milwaukee Buck unless the BUCKS decide to trade him, not Yi.

Personally, even with the Bucks being my local team, I hope they stand firm and tell Yi to stick it.

they have his rights forever now? I thought unsigned people are eligible for the next draft, but I might be thinking NFL.

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Actually the Bucks have more power here than it seems. They hold his NBA rights forever now. If he wants to play for American $$ and not for his next sweet and sour chicken allowance it will be as a Milwaukee Buck unless the BUCKS decide to trade him, not Yi.

Personally, even with the Bucks being my local team, I hope they stand firm and tell Yi to stick it.

I didn't know this. That's great. From a purely selfish standpoint I hope they stand firm, too, and tell the kid it's Beer Town or Bejing, period.

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So, players are allowed to choose which team drafts them now...interesting. Why even have a draft at all if players can simply undermine it and decide to they want to go to Team X instead of Team Y? Let's just reverse the draft and rather than having teams draft players, we can just let the players draft the teams they want to go to... um, yeah, whatever...

Eli Manning, Rick Porcello, etc., etc...

(And a raft of others as well. The above two aren't even the most famous names to do so... Just the latest.)

It happens... get over it.

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Milwaukee was stupid to draft a player that openly said he did not want to play for them. Especially in a situation like this one. It's not like he can't just sit out and play for China for a year or two.

I don't think it's necessarily stupid.

Even if Yi refuses to play for the Bucks.... it's my guess that he could become one of the hottest trade commodities on the market. They may be able to reap much more than the pick they used to get him... They would be banking on his continued development... if not here then with Olympics exposure...

But I'm just guessing.

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I found the article...

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=626546

7-footer must play by NBA rules

Posted: June 29, 2007

Garry D. Howard

E-MAIL

Yes, this is winnable.

Yi Jianlian is a gifted, 7-foot power forward from China who has certifiable NBA skills and fell, quite lovely, actually, into the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks . . . but he is also attempting to force his will on the NBA and thus, Sen. Herb Kohl's franchise.

What a wonderful pick from a hoops standpoint, but Bucks fans beware: This "international" story will play out over the entire summer as Yi and his people most definitely will try Milwaukee's patience with all sorts of threats.

And although he has two very long ones, technically, he doesn't have a leg to stand on as far as his NBA rights are concerned.

Yi willingly entered the NBA draft this year and must now abide by its rules, which state that the Bucks own his rights forever if he plans to enter this league. Short of a blockbuster trade, he has no other recourse but to play in the CBA. That's the Chinese Basketball Association, not the Continental Basketball Association.

Translated in any language, this means that all of his potential marketing dollars will be just empty numbers on his agent's scrap paper if he does not play in the NBA next season.

By selecting Yi at No. 6 Thursday night, Bucks general manager Larry Harris put himself smack into the middle of the frying pan that is uncertainty. And that is a good thing.

If Yi folds, this Larry has a starting five that will make his coach, Larry Krystkowiak, grin.

We're talking Andrew Bogut at center, Yi at power forward, a rejuvenated Bobby Simmons at small forward, all-world Michael Redd at shooting guard and, assuming they can re-sign him, Mo Williams at the point. With Charlie Villanueva, Charlie Bell and, possibly, Ruben Patterson coming off the bench, the post-season is very attainable.

It has been reported thoroughly that Yi and his representatives refused to let the Bucks work him out before the draft, his intentions clearly focused on playing in a market much larger than Milwaukee.

But Yi & Crew need a history lesson.

A young fella named Lew Alcindor landed in Milwaukee in 1969 fresh out of UCLA. All he did was win an NBA title, along with Oscar Robertson and Jon McGlocklin, while making Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a household name before "The Big Fella" helped the Los Angeles Lakers regain their championship swagger.

The list of players who made their bones in Milwaukee is impressive, Yi:

Quinn Buckner, Kent Benson, Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief, Paul Pressey and Vin Baker.

Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucks in 1994, was a star in the league here in Milwaukee and although roundly criticized for his lack of defense, he was nonetheless instrumental in leading the Bucks back to prominence.

And the list goes on.

Ray Allen became "Jesus" and Sam "I Am" Cassell rejuvenated his slightly floundering career in the Brew City. Bogut? The 7-foot Australian is not lacking for attention after being selected as the No. 1 overall pick out of the University of Utah in 2005.

Granted, this is not Los Angeles or New York or Houston. But it sure ain't Guangdong, China, either. That city's team, the Tigers, plays in the CBA, not the NBA.

All of Yi's grand plans for his career will be put on permanent hold unless the Bucks get an offer from another NBA team they can't refuse - and with this hand, they can turn down a great deal. . . .

Or Yi can get on a plane and get his party started.

As for Larry Harris, stick to your very smart decision and drive this car, without blinking, straight at China.

Yi needs the NBA and sitting out there to eternity is not a viable option.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is winnable.

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Eli Manning, Rick Porcello, etc., etc...

(And a raft of others as well. The above two aren't even the most famous names to do so... Just the latest.)

It happens... get over it.

Yes, it happens. The rules of MLB and NFL draft allow a player to go back into the draft the following year so they know they have that option. The NBA rules are different. Yi needs to play by the NBA rules if he wants to be in the NBA.

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Eli Manning, Rick Porcello, etc., etc...

(And a raft of others as well. The above two aren't even the most famous names to do so... Just the latest.)

It happens... get over it.

There are a lot of things that happen in life that I don't agree with. Should I just "get over it"? Or is it ok that I voice displeasure with it?

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"... technically, he doesn't have a leg to stand on as far as his NBA rights are concerned.

Yi willingly entered the NBA draft this year and must now abide by its rules, which state that the Bucks own his rights forever if he plans to enter this league. Short of a blockbuster trade, he has no other recourse but to play in the CBA. That's the Chinese Basketball Association, not the Continental Basketball Association...

All of Yi's grand plans for his career will be put on permanent hold unless the Bucks get an offer from another NBA team they can't refuse - and with this hand, they can turn down a great deal. . . .

Or Yi can get on a plane and get his party started.

As for Larry Harris, stick to your very smart decision and drive this car, without blinking, straight at China.

Yi needs the NBA and sitting out there to eternity is not a viable option.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is winnable."

That's exactly what I was thinking about...

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Yes, it happens. The rules of MLB and NFL draft allow a player to go back into the draft the following year so they know they have that option. The NBA rules are different. Yi needs to play by the NBA rules if he wants to be in the NBA.

But he still might be able to force a trade to another team.

If he does though... I won't necessarily feel bad for the Bucks because I don't think they'll make a deal to trade Yi unless it benefits their team. As you say, the NBA rules are different and personally, I think the Bucks hold the "trump card".

If it's not exactly what they want - either Yi or a great trade - No NBA for Yi.

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There are a lot of things that happen in life that I don't agree with. Should I just "get over it"? Or is it ok that I voice displeasure with it?

Feel free to voice all the displeasure you wish. If you think this is really a big deal and want to make comments about it, make all you want. We live in America (maybe Yi should think also where he'd REALLY like to live!!! :grin:), so you have that freedom (for the most part... :grin:).

And I'll feel just as free, in a situation like this where I don't think it's a big deal, to say: "Hey, it happens, get over it."

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where are all the equal rights people now? an asian guy refuses to live amongst other races, if that were you and me, that would be considered racist. This is not like the eli manning draft, this is about race. I dont think importing people who think this way is healthy. Tell him to come back when he grows up and realizes that his attitude wont work here.

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where are all the equal rights people now? an asian guy refuses to live amongst other races, if that were you and me, that would be considered racist. This is not like the eli manning draft, this is about race. I dont think importing people who think this way is healthy. Tell him to come back when he grows up and realizes that his attitude wont work here.

:paranoid: Huh. No its about $$$. Marketing/Endorsement $$ to be more specific. It wouldn't matter if it was Milwaukee, Memphis, Portland, Charlotte, New Orleans or Sacramento that drafted him. His people think he can make more $$ in NY/NJ, Boston, LA, Miami, Washington DC etc. The problem is...they're right.

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It isnt just about marketing, they stated before the draft that there were no asian communities in Milwaukee.

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