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Oh, China…

RedsArmyAdmin January 1, 2009 Uncategorized 5 Comments

They're really close to making Yi Jianlian an All Star game starter

Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 1,521,272; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,101,541;
Yi Jianlian (NJ) 959,324;
Chris Bosh (Tor) 601,204; Paul Pierce (Bos)
387,105;
Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 236,360; Shawn Marion (Mia) 230,119; Danny
Granger (Ind) 155,484; Josh Smith (Atl) 131,281; Michael Beasley (Mia)
121,632; Tayshaun Prince (Det) 114,869.

Ugh.  I know it's just All Star voting and the game is meaningless.  But this is the first sign of alienating US fans at the expense of foreign markets.  I know China's got a ton of money to spend on NBA merchandise, but the NBA's main consumers are still here in the US.

This, in itself, is not a big deal.  I mean… who REALLY cares?  In the end, it's a meaningless exhibition… and I'd kinda rather have our guys rest.  But EVERY other player on that list below Yi deserves to be above him.  Some guys have bonuses that depend on this stuff.

Besides… this gives people something easy to gripe about… and that's never ideal for any business.

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  • Scott

    This should not be allowed to happen. Period. This would just make a mockery of the All-Star game and disrespect everyone who actually deserves to be there. There are literally about a 100 players who could be there other than Yi.
    Absolutely ridiculous.

  • AINGELIVES

    If he makes it coaches only give him couple minutes, get out and vote if you don’t like it. Prince Beasley no thanks rather watch Yi.

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com LD2k

    I kind of disagree. As I stated over on TLN’s forums, this is garbage.
    I hate KG with all my guts! But Yi getting in over KG is garbage. This is pretty pathetic. The coaches should be able to veto something like this…

  • Scott

    The thing is, Yi isn’t the guy fans want to see. Like Vince, Kobe is/was an exciting player. The ONLY reason people in China are voting for him is because he’s Chinese. There is no basketball reason behind their voting. He’s not playing exceptionally well, he’s not an exciting player, he doesn’t deserve to be there. That’s what irks me.

  • AINGELIVES

    If he does make it the West All Stars will probally make him wish he never had.