Tony Mejia of CBS SportsLine.com recently dropped an international scouting report based on FIBA 2006 tourney play in Coming to an NBA arena near you -- some sooner than later. Warriors Nation favorite Yi Jianlian is listed as a sure thing for the NBA:
Yi Jianlian, China: Loved his athleticism. That's what separates him from most prospects and makes him such a different player than Yao, who despite being a great athlete for his size, has nothing on this kid. The explosive Yi looked like he belonged, at least athletically, when placed on the court with the NBA guys. He's legit.
, Yi's 2 Legit 2 Quit! 2k7 should be Yi Time in the Bay. All part of the master blueprint
Yi's a SLAM DUNK!
So how about the Dub's 2k6 2nd round draft pick Kosta Perovic aka Kosta Coast (nickname coined here at GSoM!)? Kosta made Mejia's Bubble Boys (50/50 shots) list:
Kosta Perovic, Serbia & Montenegro: He's 7-foot-1 and only 21, but he's also far away. He has barely gotten off the bench in Japan, and hasn't shown much when he has.
My take is Kosta's going to be bubbly bust. It's really sad the Warriors passed on local fav Leon Powe this past summer. It would have been the smart PR move, especially after drafting another project big man in the lottery, but this is an ownership and front office group that aren't exactly known for their smarts.
Track of the Day: Tha Alkaholics- "Coast II Coast"
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