Yi Jianlian to play Stankovic Cup but for limited minutes   2011-08-01 09:02:25 FeedbackPrintRSS

HAINING, Eastern China, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese NBA-player Yi Jianlian will play the 2011 Stankovic Continental Cup, starting here on Monday, but his playing time will be limited.

"Yi has joined the team in a close-door traning camp since July 20 and will play the upcoming tournament, but his playing time will not be too much," said China head coach Robert Donewald at a news conference in Haining on Sunday.

"He still needs some time to adjust himself, so I don't want him to play too much time and he has to come up gradually before the Asian Championship in September when he reaches his top shape," Donewald added.

Besides Yi, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, center Wang Zhizhi will also play a limited time in the tournament due to his heel tendon injury.

"Wang has an injury and I don't want him as well as other veterans to play too much time. I will give young and bench players more time on the court," Donewald said. "This will be a very good chance for them to improve."

The Stankovic Cup has two stops beginning in Haining and ending in Guangzhou. Defending champions Austrlia, who field their second-string team, Russia, who will take part in the Shenzheng World Universiade, and Angola joined the home team in the Haining leg from Aug. 1-4. New Zealand will replace Australia to join Russia, Angola and China to play in Guangzhou from Aug. 6-9.

China will play against Angola while Austrlia will take on Russia on Monday.

The annual tournament inaugurated from the year 2005.

Editor: Wang Guanqun
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