It’s just not a good one. With the season winding down, you have a lot of national media writers posting their awards and such. Steve Aschburner from Si.com did this as well, just with a little twist. He gave out awards for the bad of the NBA season. Included was his pick of Least Improved Player…Yi:
Yeah, right. It was Milwaukee’s fault and its lack of Chinese culture and limited opportunities afforded by former Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak and … and … and … The excuses can’t hide the fact that Yi has had ample opportunities with the Nets this season and has frittered away most of them. Yi has played himself out of New Jersey’s starting lineup and is averaging only 5.7 points since the All-Star break. He is shooting 38.5 percent for the season, to which we can only say, “Yao!”
If you can for a minute, lets ignore the terrible pun at the end. Yes, Yi has been awful, and he has probably deserved this award, but Steve Aschburner fails to point out some key information in this post. He mentions the PPG after the All-Star break, well that’s convient, he has been hurt and his minutes have been cut. All I am saying is if you are going to bash players like this, at least be accurate (or explain why he only had 5.7 points after the All-Star break) in your bashing. But like I said, yes Yi has been awful this year.
Saturday Night’s game at home against the Magic is now officially “Brookie Night.” Brookie, that is so awesome, I wish I would have come up with that. The Nets, who are continuing their Brook Lopez for ROY campaign, will be giving out the above T-Shirts to the first 500 fans in attendence Saturday Night*. I was thinking about going to see this game anyway (Brook vs. Dwight should be a great matchup – Skip vs. Devin Harris too), but now I think I have to go and get one of these shirts, the comic book cover style looks awesome! It is going to be a great collector’s item when he wins the Rookie of the Year.
The first 500 Toyotas to pull up also get’s free parking…
I know it seems like this is a Brook Lopez blog more than a Nets blog as of late, but David Thorpe, a writer for ESPN, gave out his awards for the rookie class this year, and Brook Lopez was all over them. Brook was mentioned for:
- Defensive Rookie Of The Year
- Biggest Surprise of the Class
- All Defensive Team
- All Rookie First Team
I know this is just one guy’s opinion, but it is awesome to see Brook getting the respect he deserves!