Sunday, July 8, 2007

Sunday Bucks Notes

  • The Bucks' summer league team plays for the first time today vs. the Lakers at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. You can watch all the games on's webcast.
  • Yi Jianlian followed up a strong showing in his Vegas debut by stinking it up against the Kings, shooting only 2-14 from the field en route to a 9 point, 7 rebound performance in China's 73-47 loss.
  • Marty Burns at CNNSI reports David Stern may become involved in the ongoing Yi saga. With the NBA looking to expand its already big business in China, Stern clearly wants to see the Yi situation resolved sooner rather than later. However, he clearly does not want to see one of his franchises bullied, as it would undermine the whole idea of the draft process.
    "I've heard he wants to get this resolved," said one Eastern Conference GM
    who wished to remain anonymous. "I'm not sure what he can do exactly, but I do know he has ways of getting what he wants."
  • The consensus among GMs seemed to be that Yi would end up in Milwaukee since both sides had too much at stake for any other outcome. The NBA has an obvious interest in protecting smaller-market teams from being shunned by draft picks. The Chinese government needs their young star in the NBA so that he's more ready to help his national team compete at the '08 Beijing Olympics.
  • If Stern were to get involved, he could wield considerable muscle. He could help assuage Yi's representatives that their client will get fair exposure in terms of marketing, for example. He also could talk to the Chinese government, since the NBA is heavily involved in promoting basketball in China and is planning to start a pro league there after the Olympics.
  • Charlies Gardner reports on Larry Krystkowiak's first chance to see Yi live. LK also talks a bit about how they've been running practices and getting he's getting to know the newest members of his staff.

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