Mitch talks a little Sun Yue
On the Lakers' website, Mitch Kupchak discusses the Chinese point guard, a 2007 second-round draft pick looking to make the team this season and begin his Lakers career. Much of the interview centers on the contractual/legal complications involved with bringing Sun overseas, which folks may or may not find interesting. But there are a few details worth noting:
1) The Grizzlies apparently wanted Sun tossed into the deal that brought Pau Gasol to L.A. The Lakers, desiring to keep at least one of their overseas draftees, limited Memphis' bounty to Marc Gasol.
2) Yue's English is pretty good, a MAJOR plus for a player looking to find a comfort zone on and off the court. It's never easy starting a new job. Think about being the new dude at the office when everyone else is speaking Swahili. Mitch contrasted Yue's situation to that of Slava Medvendenko, who came America understanding no English at all. On one hand, Yue's ability with the local tongue does rob fans of classic interviews such as this one. But if you're thinking strictly along practical purposes, Yue is armed with a serious advantage. (While digging up the Bill MacDonald-Slava exchange, I stumbled across a couple of gems from the 2001 and 2002 championship parades. Chick never could get that whole "Medvendenko" thing down pat. I miss Chick.)
3) Aside from "Monkey King,"
you can feel free to call Yue "Q-Tip." I'm assuming it's a reference
to the lad's spiky hair, but who knows, maybe he's a seriously
ginormous fan of A Tribe Called Quest. (On
a semi-related note, I saw ATCQ about 9-10 years ago at The House of
Blues and Shaq ended up stage diving. I've never been more grateful not to be in the front row of a concert.)