Wednesday, October 10, 2007
...Milk Was a Bad Choice
It's still early, but one might speculate the same about Milwaukee Bucks rookie Yi Jianlian. Readers might recall, way back in June, the frenzied speculation/consternation that the C's were eyeing Yi with their fifth pick, although truthfully it still seems implausible to me that Ainge was even remotely considering this. Fast-forward a few months, and, well, even though he's only played in one game, let's just say it's a good thing he landed in Milwaukee. Simply put, he looks awful. Furthermore, after his first performance, in which he scored three points and fouled out in 15 minutes, he took the opportunity to acknowledge/gently complain about the "pressure" which felt playing a pre-season exhibition game in La Crosse, WI. This from a guy who recently was threatening to not play for the Bucks because Milwaukee wasn't a big enough market. Yeah, this is going to turn out well.
Anyways, all the relevant info is contained in this ESPN.com recap, but really you need to watch the video in order to get the full effect. I mean, he just looks terrible... rookie Darko looks like rookie Duncan in comparison. The announcers totally savage him when he gets dunked on by the Bulls' Thomas Gardner, but in fairness to Yi, Thomas Gardner is a legitimate NBA superstar and is in no way a 6'5" undrafted rookie. Wait, maybe I should run that by our fact-checker. Anyways, this should be a fun season, especially if the rumors are true and the Bucks have promised him significant playing time. This kid seems years away from even resembling an NBA player.