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Further Evidence Suggest Yi Jianlian Lied; He’s 24, Not 21-Years-Old

The Milwaukee Bucks were pretty persistent in their initial drafting and pursuit of Yi Jianlian who did not want to play in middle-America. They seemed to be quite smitten with him because he was talented, tall, athletic, and best of all … he was young! But what if Yi Jianlian were really 22 when drafted, not 19 as he professed to be? All of a sudden the allure and prospects go out the window, and then he becomes on par for judgment with your generic college seniors. This was an issue that was raised by Tom Ziller at Fanhouse a year and a half ago, citing Draft Express as his evidence.

Now, in the wake of a Chinese crackdown on age shaving that shows 36 players gave false ages, it’s starting to appear more and more like Yi provided the NBA a false age. As Sports by Brooks has shown, Interbasket.net even has a document (a school report you see above) that appears to show Jianlian’s real birthday — that he was born in ’84, not ’87. Of course, this would be nothing new in the sports world as we have come to find out. There’s a lot to be gained in the sports world being “young and talented” rather than just talented, and apparently Yi’s handlers understood that when they swindled a bunch of cash from NBA teams.

Talk to me, Yi! Everything I Say is Important!!

After watching this video with some peeps last weekend, it hit me that there are some people who still have not seen it. It may be long, but it’s well worth your six minutes of time. I’m telling you. This is a dude heckling Stephen A. Smith and various NBA prospects at the ’07 NBA draft. Enjoy the brilliance:

Spencer Hawes, I hereby declare you a bust!

Welcome to Milwaukee, Yi

The wait is finally over. America can now rest. The savior has arrived. Yi Jianlin has officially signed with the Bucks! Sure, all it took was a little bit of stalking on Milwaukee’s behalf, but hey, the I’s have been dotted, and T’s crossed. Oh yeah, and perhaps the most important detail, we finally get confirmation on homeboy’s name:

The Milwaukee Bucks announced today that 2007 first round draft pick Yi Jianlian (EE jee-AHN-lee-AHN) has signed a multi-year contract.

Let me just ask this, are chicks really expected to yell out EE jee-AHN-lee-AHN in bed? You expect kids to memorize that for autograph requests? I’m not sure that’s going to work out so well. Now, get this guy in a Mac laptop commercial, and then we’re talking. Kevin Hunt, your response?

(via Matt Watson at NBA FanHouse)

Morning Paper: Where Could Yi Be?

Bidding a farewell to Yi, we hardly knew ya [Mile High Ramblings]

Can the Yankees still win the AL East? [Complete Sports]

Could Don Imus be back on the air? [Nyjer Please]

Amanda Bynes looks great no matter what [Just Jared]

The World Series of Poker payouts are ridiculous [Sons of Sam Malone]

Hmm, what if ESPN interviewed more political figures? [The Serious Tip]

Who has a weirder birthmark, Drew Brees or Carlos Beltran? [Sedano Show]

Lipo suction ruined Tara Reid, seriously gross [IDLYITW]

Another diary entry from Carlos Zambrano [Foul Balls]

Wait a sec, American Gladiators might be back? [We Are the Postmen]

When vinegar is confused with oven cleaner at a baseball game [The Big Picture]

***34 days until Hayden Panettiere turns 18***

The Bucks Are Officially Stalking Yi

It’s like getting a number from a drunk chick at a bar. You call her a few days later and she quickly gets off the phone, because after all, she was drunk when you met her. Then you call the next day and get voice mail. Day after that, same result. Pretty soon, you get the picture she doesn’t want you to call her anymore. We’ve all been there before. But this same situation is happening with the Milwaukee Bucks and their first round pick, Yi Jianlian. The Bucks have officially moved into stalker zone; they are following him around:

Milwaukee Bucks general manager Larry Harris arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday, and he was intent on meeting with first-round draft pick Yi Jianlian.

The 7-foot forward also was in Las Vegas, preparing with the Chinese national team to compete in the NBA Summer League.

The Bucks had wanted to watch Yi work out at his pre-draft base in Los Angeles, however, but their request was denied.

If Yi refuses to play for the Bucks and they do not trade him, he could sit out a full year and not play professionally with his Guangdong Tigers club or anyone else.

As comical as I find this entire situation, it’s somewhat sad. What kind of crappy, Eli Manning-type of way to do business is this? Seriously. I mean, are the Bucks really this bad to the point where you’re taking to those measures not to interact with their front office? I don’t think so. Yi and his camp are being punks. I wish Yi the same type of success that has been bestowed upon the great Eli Manning. That’s what he deserves at this point.

Also check out The Big Picture which does this much better than I do.