HONG KONG, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese basketball
player Yi Jianlian signed here Wednesday a multi-year contract with Milwaukee
Bucks to kick off his career in NBA.
Yi became the fourth Chinese basketball player
signing into an NBA team following Menk Bater, Wang Zhizhi and Yao Ming.
"We are very excited to associate ourselves with
Alian (nickname for Yi Jianlian). He is an extraordinary person and a great
basketball player," said Herb Kohl, owner of the Bucks, at apress conference
after the contract had been signed behind door.
Chinese basketball player Yi Jianlian signed here Wednesday a multi-year contract with Milwaukee Bucks to kick off his career in NBA.(Xinhua Photo)
"Alian will be a great credit for NBA and of course
for the Bucks," he said.
At the press conference, Yi said he was glad to join
the Bucks and would do his best to meet new challenges ahead. "To play in NBA is
my goal," he said.
Yi is expected to join the team for training camp
that begins on October 1 at the Bucks Training Center in St. Francis, WI, said
Larry Harris, general manager of the Bucks, pledging that the Bucks will do its
most to make Yi the best basketball player.
Asked whether the contract contains any article to
compensate Guangdong Hongyuan club where Yi comes from, Harris said that the
contract was a standard NBA one which does not mention the issue of
Yi has played professionally for the Guangdong
Hongyuan of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) since 2002-03, when he was
awarded Rookie of the Year honors. He has competed in the last five CBA Finals
and won titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006, earning theFinals Most Valuable Player
honors in 2006.
He played for the Chinese national team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.