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bobliu
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:48 pm Reply with quote
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http://www.nba.com/mavericks/news/mavericks_sign_forward_yi_jian.html

MAVERICKS SIGN FORWARD YI JIANLIAN

DALLAS ó The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Yi Jianlian. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Yi (7-0, 250) was the first round draft pick (sixth overall) in the 2007 NBA Draft of the Milwaukee Bucks. The 24-year old has played for three teams (Milwaukee, New Jersey and Washington) in his four-year career. He holds career averages of 8.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 24.1 minutes in 242 career games with 163 starts.

Yi played in 66 games (starting 49) as a rookie for the Bucks and averaged 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. That year he was selected to participate in the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge at the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend.

In June of 2008, Yi, along with Bobby Simmons, was traded to New Jersey in exchange for Richard Jefferson. Yi enjoyed the two best years of his career while with the Nets including a 2009-10 campaign where he averaged 12.0 points and 7.2 rebounds in 52 games (51 starts). In June of 2010, Yi was traded to Washington where he played out the remainder of his contract and became a free agent.

A native of Shenzhen, China, Yi was a member of the Chinese National Olympic Team that competed in both the 2004 Athens games and 2008 Beijing games. His name is pronounced "EE jee-ENN-lee-ENN".
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ko_xinga
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:13 pm Reply with quote
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This is the roster for the Mavs. Yi's listed at 7 feet 250lbs. He's the 2nd biggest player on the team, only Haywood is bigger.



3 Rodrigue Beaubois G 6-2 185 02/24/1988 Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe 2
35 Brian Cardinal F 6-8 240 05/02/1977 Purdue 11
25 Vince Carter G-F 6-6 220 01/26/1977 North Carolina 13
33 Brendan Haywood C 7-0 263 11/27/1979 North Carolina 10
20 Dominique Jones G 6-5 215 10/15/1988 South Florida 1
2 Jason Kidd G 6-4 210 03/23/1973 California 17
28 Ian Mahinmi C 6-11 230 11/05/1986 Rouen, France 3
0 Shawn Marion F 6-7 228 05/07/1978 UNLV 12
41 Dirk Nowitzki F 7-0 245 06/19/1978 Wurzburg, Germany 13
7 Lamar Odom F 6-10 230 11/06/1979 Rhode Island 12
31 Jason Terry G 6-2 180 09/15/1977 Arizona 12
13 Delonte West G 6-3 180 07/26/1983 Saint Joseph's 7
32 Sean Williams F-C 6-10 235 09/13/1986 Boston College 3
34 Brandan Wright F 6-10 210 10/05/1987 North Carolina 3
Yi Jianlian PF 7-0 250 10/27/1987 Shenzhen, China 4


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Malorkayel
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:15 pm Reply with quote
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Hmm.. Vince Carter, Sean Williams and Yi back together again.
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temuchin
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:27 pm Reply with quote
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ko_xinga wrote:
This is the roster for the Mavs. Yi's listed at 7 feet 250lbs. He's the 2nd biggest player on the team, only Haywood is bigger.



3 Rodrigue Beaubois G 6-2 185 02/24/1988 Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe 2
35 Brian Cardinal F 6-8 240 05/02/1977 Purdue 11
25 Vince Carter G-F 6-6 220 01/26/1977 North Carolina 13
33 Brendan Haywood C 7-0 263 11/27/1979 North Carolina 10
20 Dominique Jones G 6-5 215 10/15/1988 South Florida 1
2 Jason Kidd G 6-4 210 03/23/1973 California 17
28 Ian Mahinmi C 6-11 230 11/05/1986 Rouen, France 3
0 Shawn Marion F 6-7 228 05/07/1978 UNLV 12
41 Dirk Nowitzki F 7-0 245 06/19/1978 Wurzburg, Germany 13
7 Lamar Odom F 6-10 230 11/06/1979 Rhode Island 12
31 Jason Terry G 6-2 180 09/15/1977 Arizona 12
13 Delonte West G 6-3 180 07/26/1983 Saint Joseph's 7
32 Sean Williams F-C 6-10 235 09/13/1986 Boston College 3
34 Brandan Wright F 6-10 210 10/05/1987 North Carolina 3
Yi Jianlian PF 7-0 250 10/27/1987 Shenzhen, China 4


I dont believe Yi is actually 7 feet. Seen him listed at 6'10" or 6'11

He is a big guy though, I think he seems less bulky because he's so athletic. I remember when he dunked over Melo and he seemed to just float in the air.

His first game with with the Texas Legends is on Sunday. D league games used to be streamed, not sure if they still are.
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temuchin
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:31 pm Reply with quote
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article about Yi's working out with Michael Finley

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4683090/sources-d-leagues-legends-lobbying-finley

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The 38-year-old has worked out for the past two days with newly signed Mavs forward Yi Jianlian under the watchful eye of Texas Legends coach Del Harris, as Finley continues his comeback after a year away from the game.

Yiís time in Dallas will begin with a rehabilitation stint under Harris with the D-Leagueís Legends so Chinaís top player -- as heís known in the wake of Yao Mingís retirement -- can ease into his return from a knee injury sustained during the lockout while playing in a league game back home.
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yaominginfohere
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:46 pm Reply with quote
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temuchin wrote:

I dont believe Yi is actually 7 feet. Seen him listed at 6'10" or 6'11

He is a big guy though, I think he seems less bulky because he's so athletic. I remember when he dunked over Melo and he seemed to just float in the air.

His first game with with the Texas Legends is on Sunday. D league games used to be streamed, not sure if they still are.


In the NBA, they measure the players WITH shoes on.
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pryuen
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:27 pm Reply with quote
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temuchin wrote:


His first game with with the Texas Legends is on Sunday.


NOT TOO SURE about that.

In a CCTV5 interview, he said he probably will play his first game for Texas Legends against Erie BayHawks on January 13.
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temuchin
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:33 pm Reply with quote
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yaominginfohere wrote:


In the NBA, they measure the players WITH shoes on.


ya that's true
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temuchin
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:39 pm Reply with quote
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pryuen wrote:
temuchin wrote:


His first game with with the Texas Legends is on Sunday.


NOT TOO SURE about that.

In a CCTV5 interview, he said he probably will play his first game for Texas Legends against Erie BayHawks on January 13.


dallas morning news blog wrote he'd see action on Sunday. they might be still deciding depending on how they feel his injury is coming along but earlier in the day it was reported he was dressing up for Sunday

he's definitely working out at the Legends though. the Mavs seem to be taking things slow with Yi, which is a good sign. the Wizards last year couldn't care less

of course right now there's no pressing need for Yi since they got 2 solid players at the position atm. Carlisle has refused to set a timetable for Yi to start playing for the Mavs
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pryuen
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:44 pm Reply with quote
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OOPPSS !!!
Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

Looks like his first game for Texan Legends is MUCH EARLIER.

It's Friday (Today !!!) against the Austin Toros.


The following is an interview of Yi Jianlian by NBA/NBDL.com.


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http://www.nba.com/dleague/texas/q_a_yi_jianlian_english_2012_01_06.html

Yi Jianlian Stops In
Frisco On Way to Dallas


Hours after Yi Jianlian officially signed with the Dallas Mavericks and became the first-ever NBA veteran to take a rehab assignment in the NBA D-League, he spoke with NBA.com about what he can bring to Dallas and what he hopes to gain from his time with the Legends, including time with his former Chinese national team coach Del Harris. On Friday night, watch his momentous NBA D-League debut against the Austin Toros on Futurecast!

Yuting Zhou, NBA.com: You will have your first game in the U.S. since last April tonight. Now that youíre on the bus on the way to your team, how are you feeling?

Yi Jianlian, Texas Legends:
I do have a game tonight, but I look it as training. Because of the schedule, I havenít had any opportunity to train together with my other teammates. Tonightís Legends game will help me to recover, to get into game mode as soon as possible. Hopefully I will get up to the Mavs soon.

NBA.com: The Mavs signed you on a one-year deal Ė what are they looking for from you?

Yi:
It should be my speed. And my shooting range. I know I can contribute to the team.

NBA.com: As the defending champions, the Mavsí start hasn't been great this season. What are your thoughts about their current situation?

Yi:
Yes, itís true that itís not a good a start. I think itís because the preparation was too rushed. [With a short training camp], the team just hasnít had enough time. I believe after more games, the Mavs will show their championship level.

NBA.com: Itís a new season: what are your expectations or goals for yourself?

Yi:
First of all, I am very excited to be back on the court. I joined a good team this season, with so many talented players, and that definitely will help me to improve myself. I wish the team will have a wonderful season. I have a lot of confidence in it.

NBA.com: When you get drafted, a lot of people thought your game looked a lot like Dirk Nowitzkiís. Now, youíre his teammate. How do you feel about that? Your one-legged fadeaway has only improved Ė are you going to get some advice from Dirk?

Yi:
Talking about shooting skills, Dirk is the top level. He is MVP of last Finals. I have a huge distance compared to him. But as a teammate, I believe I can learn from him a lot. I am really looking forward to this.

NBA.com: Youíll have a lot of competition. For just the No. 4 position, they have Nowitzki, Lamar Odom, Brandan Wright, and Shawn Marion. Compared to those four, whereís your advantage?

Yi:
Each player has different advantage. I can play four as well as five. It will be healthy competition.

NBA.com: Now that youíve had a few days to practice with the Legends, how do you feel?

Yi:
Iíve been mainly focused on training with Coach Del Harris. Iíve made a full recovery. Iím well prepared for back on court, including physical conditioning and paperwork.

NBA.com: D-League showcase is coming next week. Are you going?

Yi:
Iím not so sure if I will go or not. Maybe I will be called by Mavs soon.

NBA.com: Now that Yao is retired, you are the only Chinese player in NBA. Is there any different feeling, compared to when Yao was still in the league? Also, Zhizhi Wang was with Dalls for a long time, has he given you some advice?

Yi:
I always regard Yao Ming as my role model. He is very successful. But he had to choose to retire early because of injures. Fans over the world are sad. Thatís not the ending fans want to see. To me, everything is the same. Itís all about improving myself everyday and keeping moving forward. As far as signing with Dallas, it just happened. I had no time to contact Zhizhi Wang.

NBA.com: China fans are waiting for the day you finally get back to the NBA. Chinese New Year is coming, do you have any words here to fans?

Yi:
Same as previous years: I hope everybody will have an enriching, perfect new year. Let us make the dream come true together!
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