[ 2007-03-20 09:42 ]
With several NBA
scouts sending representatives to China to scout Yi Jianlian in
the China Basketball Association finals, Rockets center Yao Ming offered his
own, typically generous, scouting report.
"He is very close to a player
who is in the NBA like I would say Amare Stoudemire," Yao said. "Yi is taller.
He is almost seven-foot. He has a very nice touch, very athletic. He has
everything (to be) a great player.
"From my experience, it is very important he plays in the summer league. The games played in the summer
league I think will be good for him and for his team, whatever team drafts him.
I was not in the summer league the year the Rockets drafted me so I had a very
tough start in the beginning. For a player from China, I think you need time to
Yao never played against Yi, but they have been national team teammates for
the past three years.
"When I left China, he just started to play," Yao said. We never matched up.
I think he is a very good four. He
can play a little bit of a five,
sometimes. Good shot blocker. He just needs the right training, people who can
tell him how to play on the NBA level."
a very good four : 一名很好的四号位球员