The Nets Are Scorching

Yi Wins An Award

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.

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Awards, National Media, Yi Jianlian | Leave a comment