July 3, 2007 |
In theory, Yi Jianlian is a Milwaukee Buck, but the team wants to see whether its first-round draft pick is at all committed to the program. Bucks owner Herb Kohl wrote a letter requesting a meeting with Yi, who has made clear his desire to play in a city with a heavy Asian influence. His agents are seeking to force a trade. Milwaukee has about 1,200 Asian residents. "We're going to try to establish personal contact with him and his family," Kohl said, according to yesterday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
October 6, 2007 |
The Bucks have not given first-round pick Yi Jianlian any guarantees of playing time, Milwaukee coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "It would be unfair to Yi, unfair to Charlie Villanueva, unfair to a lot of people because nothing is being handed to anyone coming into training camp," Krystkowiak said yesterday during the Bucks' annual media day. "I think what happened was that after he was signed, there was such pressure that he wouldn't play here...
March 27, 2010 |
The New Jersey Nets eliminated any chance of finishing with the worst single-season record in NBA history, beating the Detroit Pistons, 118-110, last night in East Rutherford, N.J. Brook Lopez scored a career-high 37 points and Yi Jianlian had a career-best 31 to lead the Nets to their ninth win. And, for the first time this season, the Nets have won two consecutive games. Even if New Jersey (9-63) loses its final 10 games, it can do no worse than tie the NBA mark for the worst record (9-73)
January 6, 2009 |
Vince Carter scored 29 points, Yi Jianlian added 22 points and a season-high 13 rebounds and host New Jersey beat Sacramento last night, 98-90, handing the Kings their 11th straight road loss. Jarvis Hayes had a go-ahead three-pointer with 4 minutes, 53 seconds to play as the Nets won consecutive games at home for the first time this season. New Jersey won despite playing the second half without point guard Devin Harris, who aggravated a hamstring injury before the break. Kevin Martin had 36 points for the woeful Kings (8-27)
July 10, 2007 |
For the fans still hoping that the 76ers can get involved in potential bidding for Chinese forward Yi Jianlian, here's some advice: Don't hold your breath. The Bucks selected the 6-foot-11 forward with the sixth pick of the NBA draft, even though his agent, Dan Fegan, had said that Yi did not want to play in Milwaukee. The Sixers failed in their attempt to trade up on draft night for the right to acquire Yi. Since the draft, the Sixers have monitored his situation closely.
June 30, 2007 |
During predraft workouts, the 76ers never hid their affection for 6-foot-11 Chinese power forward Yi Jianlian. And on draft night, the team apparently made an all-out effort to acquire him. Billy King, the Sixers' president and general manager, said after Thursday's draft that he was close to a deal with a team in the top seven. A source yesterday revealed that the team was Milwaukee. The player the Sixers were looking to move up to draft was Yi, who was taken at No. 6 by the Bucks.
November 27, 2007 |
MILWAUKEE - This one should not have added up, but the 76ers picked an opportune time to play their most complete game of the season tonight against a Milwaukee Bucks team that made its early mark this season by defending its turf. Receiving a major boost from the return of Kyle Korver, the Sixers defeated the Bucks, 114-99, before 13,186 at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee had been 6-0 at home, including wins over Toronto, the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas. The Sixers (4-9) snapped a three-game losing streak.
November 27, 2007 |
On draft night, the 76ers tried desperately to move up from the No. 12 pick in the first round. Tonight in Milwaukee, they will see one of the players they sought that evening, Bucks rookie forward Yi Jianlian, who was taken No. 6 in the draft. The Sixers (3-9) look to snap a three-game losing streak, but it won't be easy against a 7-4 Milwaukee team that on Saturday won its fifth straight, a 97-95 victory over visiting Dallas. Before the draft, Yi's agent, Dan Fagen, wouldn't allow Milwaukee to work out his client and suggested he wouldn't play for the Bucks.
November 10, 2007 |
When it comes to basketball in China, Yao Ming is still the king. But Yi Jianlian's time could be coming soon. Yao and Yi each had their share of highlights in the much-anticipated first matchup of the country's greatest player and its top rising star, and Yao's Houston Rockets beat Yi's visiting Milwaukee Bucks last night, 104-88. Yao had 28 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Yi had 19 points and nine rebounds. The game was an enormous event in China, where it started early Saturday morning.
August 30, 2007 |
Yi Jianlian finally is going to play for the Milwaukee Bucks. Yi, the sixth overall selection in the NBA draft in June, signed a standard rookie-scale contract with the Bucks yesterday in Hong Kong. Three years after its stunning loss in the Olympics, the United States smothered Puerto Rico, 117-78, Tuesday night in the FIBA Americas tournament in Las Vegas. LeBron James scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony added 17 as the Americans clinched a spot in Saturday's semifinals, when a win would earn them a berth in the Beijing Olympics.