Originally Posted by adamcz
There was an awful lot of "Bucks fans need to understand that he will never sign there" coming from people who haven't followed the story very closely, but think they were born experts on the subject. I doubt any of them will admit they were wrong, and apologize for their condescending language.
First off, I don't remember anybody saying, "he will never sign there". What we said was, his people don't want him playing there, and that his development will be a lot harder in Milwaukee if he isn't comfortable there.
And I've seen no evidence that proves otherwise, even after his signing.
This kid's going to have a hard enough time adapting to the US way of life, learning english, learning NBA style basketball, and now he has to do it in a city where his "handlers" didn't feel would give him the best opportunity.
Originally Posted by Y2Gezee
Still doesn't excuse drafting him. Im still sure there will be some urging to look for a trade behind the scenes, and even if not it put a negative light on the franchise and Yi. And now fans are gonna hold him under an even bright spotlight, and he'll have to contribute earlier.
Its just never exactly bright to bring in an "employee" that doesn't want to be there. Especially a project like player as I think Yi is. I don't think it will work out
Exactly. It was still a stupid pick. You don't draft people who publically make it known that they aren't interested in playing for you. You don't try to trade for people who make it known they don't want to play for you.
It creates dissent, it causes bad team chemistry, it makes the organization look bad in the long run.
Now he's got way more pressure than he did originally because of all the negative publicity over him holding out. But the thing is, how is it his fault he held out, when he told the Bucks he was going to before they even tried to draft him?
Hell, just using ISH as an example... Half the board hated this kid for holding out before they even knew anything about him.
Originally Posted by adamcz
I can see the future!
No, you just choose to interpret events to make yourself look better.
It was still a dumb pick. You guys gambled hardcore and now that Yi has been bullied into signing, you're standing here gloating. But you're not even out of the gate yet. He still hasn't set foot on an NBA court.
And supposing he does pan out. Now what do you do with Charlie V? I still think B. Wright was the right pick, assuming he can play SF as advertised. That or trading Yi.
I personally hope he does extremely well. I think he's a hell of a player. I don't think I've ever not said that. But I totally supported his right to a hold out, and I stand by it now. In the long run he obviously felt it was better for him to just sign now. Who knows what the future will bring for him.