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July 1, 2010

The loss of Yi and the Nets' China ambitions

Atlantic Yards Report

Yi, we hardly knew ye.

Now that the Nets have traded Chinese forward Yi Jianlian to the Washington Wizards to clear salary cap space (and bid for two free agents, not one), what happens to the team's global ambitions?

(And when will they update the Nets' Chinese web site, which still features Yi, as in the screenshot at right?)

Well, notwithstanding the role of globetrotting Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov as owner, there has to be a setback in the world's most populous country.

I didn't see that concern in coverage of the Yi deal in the AP, News, Post, or the official press release.

Some savvy

The Star-Ledger's Dave D'Alessandro wisely pointed out:

Ether way, Yi and his $4.05M salary are history -- so much for that foray into the Asian continent, unless they believe a billion Chinese fans are going to follow the owner, which doesn't seem likely.

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Posted by eric at July 1, 2010 10:11 AM