YI needs some time to tame NBA

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Bucks rookie Yi Jianlian (EE GEE'-an-LEE'-an) will have to adjust to the pace and physicality of the NBA.

The 6-foot-11 power forward from China struggled in his debut with Milwaukee.

He fouled out after 16 minutes and scoring three points in the Bucks' 93-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night in an exhibition game in La Crosse.

The sixth overall pick in the draft couldn't handle the energetic Joakim Noah, who scored six points with four rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes

Yi says the rules of the FIBA and the NBA are different. He says he needs more time to train.

Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak (kris-KOH'-vee-ak) says Yi will adjust, and he's about on par with every other rookie coming into the league. But Krystkowiak says Yi does have one advantage over his draft class because he played a number of important games with Team China.


NBC15 615 Forward Drive Madison, Wisconsin 53711 Business: 608-274-1515 Newsroom: 608-274-1500
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 10436397 - nbc15.com/a?a=10436397
Gray Television, Inc.