Simmons looked good... Yi did not
Its only one game, but the early signs from Bucks first rounder Yi Jianlian are not encouraging in the least.
Its not that he had a really bad game. He did. But that can happen to anyone, and is probably something to be expected from a rookie.
Its that he looked like he just didn't belong anywhere near an NBA court. Three off-the-ball violations in four first half minutes? And he struggled mightily just to stay with the decidedly limited Joakim Noah? What if he's matched against a real player? Not good.
Then his response to the performance was even more troubling. Unless something got lost in translation, Yi sounded like a guy who is confused and scared and has no confidence at all.
Listen to a sampling.
"There is a lot of attention on me. I feel the pressure."
"There aren't just one or two things I need to work on. There are a lot."
"Lots of my old habits I need to change."
So, Yi... you're saying there's a chance?
And the Bucks are obligated to play this guy 20 minutes a night? What's Chinese for anticipatory breach of contract?
Or wait, maybe the Bucks can fulfill their contractual duties by playing Yi at a few American football positions -- guard, tackle, and end. ("Yi, sit at the end of the bench, guard the Gatorade cooler, and tackle anyone who comes near it. Can you manage that?")