Saturday, September 16, 2006

The "other" big man

I have neglected to mention Sun Ming-Ming, and for good reason. This blog is about Chinese players, specifically NBA prospects. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that Sun Ming-Ming is an actual NBA prospect. As a steward of the truth, it is my job to rebut that inaccurate (in fact, entirely false) rumor.

Let me say it out at the very beginning, loud and clear: Sun is not going to the NBA. There's been a drought of good centers currently, but none so bad that Sun would be signed. He will just keep on playing in a subpar league, and be the Michael Olowakandi of the ABA -- OK career, but way overhyped.

Yao can actually move around pretty well for a big man. He's not uncoordinated. You look at Sun, he's just looks like he's got into a growth spurt, and never stopped growing (which is actually what happened). When he walks, he doesn't flow smoothly like Yao does. You translate that onto the basketball court, and he looks like a two-year old (and he's only played basketball about that long). And I don't even want to talk about his speed and athleticism. Yao looks like Speedy Gonzalez compared to him.

To call him anything more than a "freak who plays basketball" would be to seriously overrate him. I'm sorry to be harsh, and I'm sure he's a nice guy and all, but the truth be told, he's bad.

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