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Yi Jianlian could miss NBA season with MCL strain from Olympics

Aug 15, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

China's Yi Jianlian leaves the court after he injured his right knee against Australia during their men's preliminary round Group B basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games Reuters

With a major international basketball tournament like the Olympics, you hope to get through it without a major injury, but you know there likely will be one.

In this case, it was NBA free agent and Chinese basketball star Yi Jianlian. So tweets

Chinese media says Yi Jianlian has MCL strain which will affect his chances of returning to NBA this season.

Yi twisted his knee in a game against Australia. He was China’s best player, averaging 14.8 points per game and 10.2 rebounds, and he had a 30-point game in the Olympics. Yi has always had athletic talent but he seemed more comfortable putting that to use in the Olympic setting. He was China’s star, he was the country’s flag bearer for the games.

Yi also was a free agent following a season on the Dallas bench. It may be a year off of the NBA, but Yi could in theory play in the shorter Chinese Basketball Association season if he heals.

  1. unxpexted1 - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Ironic, he is gonna have about the same amount of playing time as he would if he was on a team.

  2. fanz928 - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    If he plays for good point guards he could be something like Nash rondo or Paul

    • thestudiokida - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Sure maybe those guys could get him a couple more easy looks but that won’t help him on defense, where he’s not bad… he’s absent.

  3. pl4tinum514 - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    he blows

  4. fm31970 - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Worst Bucks draft pick EVER. “The next Yao Ming!”

    Child, please.

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