This is Yi Jianlian’s buddy, his teammate, to the left and Yi is naturally to the right. The buddy’s name is Zhaoxu Zhang, but you can call him Max.
Max is 7’3″ and will be a junior for the Cal Golden Bears this season (tallest guy in school history). And while Max hasn’t seen a minute of court action in China’s four games at the FIBA Worlds in Turkey so far, that hasn’t precluded him from being team hype man. Let’s check Max in action … Super-Manning that ‘H’
Moving on ….
Earlier this week, via Ted Leonsis’ blog, Ted’s Take, the Washington Post, with their paid employees and the what-not (thanks to the Washington Post Company’s Kaplan scam), beat local bloggers to the punch in crafting web-based text on the recent international basketball exploits of one Yi Jianlian.
But in this race to be first, believe it or not, you, the reader, becomes the big winner. Not only do you get the Post’s write-up on Yi thrown in a Wizards Insider update amongst other topics, but you also get further analysis on the only Washington Wizard currently playing basketball on a significant competitive level.
Also worth noting, sometimes blogs are slow and are only able to work within the constraints of their own pace. Therefore, I must apologize for the slight delay in this particular blog’s ability to post time-sensitive material pertaining to Yi. And Leonsis wasn’t the only one to notice, we’ve received emails from Yi fans wondering about the timely coverage as well. So, in case you missed it, Rashad Mobley had an excellent write-up on Yi’s first two games, and I followed with the support of moving GIFs.
Henceforth, as the Post’s Michael Lee has gone on vacation, and the Post’s “fan bloggers” have yet to get started, you can look to the regularly scheduled programming of Truth About It.net (which actually has no regularly set schedule) for further coverage of Yi Jianlian.
Of course, as I write this, it doesn’t look like China will be advancing to the knock-out round of the FIBA tournament. On Tuesday China fell to Puerto Rico 84-76, and on Wednesday they fell to Russia 89-80 (games which have yet to be viewed by the staff of this site — the whole ‘regular job’ thing).
China now has a record of one win to three losses. To advance (four teams from each six-team group advance), China will have to beat undefeated Turkey on Thursday (at 2 pm EST on NBA TV), and they’ll need Puerto Rico to lose to the win-less Ivory Coast as well (9 am EST on Thurs.). Not likely.
More has been made of this Mike Wise Twitter ordeal than probably should have … and that’s why I did my part by writing something about it. >> SB Nation DC
Of course, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio won’t drop it — here and here — And Florio really comes across as a d-bag, which is in-tune with his standing amongst the world wide web anyway (I don’t read PFT, but I know about it.). I guess Florio is basically the Glenn Beck of NFL blogging, in it for the sensation.
Yes, I criticized Mike Wise on SB Nation DC, as he deserved it, but I’m also a fan of Wise’s writing. I’ve met him several times in person, and he was once nice enough to respond for a piece I was working on. And although I don’t know, know Wise, I’ll agree with Dan Steinberg that the gimmick was a very ‘Mike Wise’ thing to do. He learned his lesson. Get over it Florio and stop launching prick-driven stones of hypocrisy from your glass house of hacked web writing.
Hamady N’diaye’s agent seems to think “H” was hurt by JaVale McGee’s presence in Vegas.
Here’s some more highlights from JaVale McGee and Nick Young, among others, including Shaun Livingston and Brandon Jennings, from the HAX summer league in Southern California. [h/t Dime Magazine]
A quick interview with John Wall … he says one of his goals is to play for his country at the international level one day.
[You Been Blinded]
Did Nick Young’s game change last year? Mike Prada seems to believe so. But in addition to what Flip Saunders asked him to do (in remodeling his game), Young’s numbers (at least in terms of his assisted field-goals) could have more to do with going from Eddie Jordan’s system to Saunders’, and less to do with conscious implementation on the part of Young. Guess we’ll have to see what he brings this year.
D-League Digest, the TrueHoop Network’s D-League blog, has a series grading NBA teams on their usage of the D-League. The Southeast Division was recently covered and I contributed to the report on the Wizards. It’s not glowing.
Shaun Powell pegs Andray Blatche as a ‘Rising Star’ for the 2010-11 season. Powell says ‘Dray has “velvet skills” and that he’s “not shy about rebounding in traffic.” Um … okay.
The Cavaliers are evidently considering a complete blow-up (I know, what’s left?), but Antawn Jamison is not on the trade block just yet (yea, riiiiiiight).
[NBA Facts & Rumors]
Kelly Dwyer has an interesting read on the Indiana Pacers, Larry Bird, Brandon Rush and weed.
[Ball Don't Lie]
Remember in “Takeover,” Jay-Z’s song dissing Nas, when Jay-Z rapped, “I showed you your first tec on tour with Large Professor?” Well, the back story behind that evidently happened in Washington, D.C.
Uh oh … “Woj” is getting sued.