At the end of Wednesday's practice, veteran Tony Battie took Yi Jianlian aside to tell him how impressed he was with Yi's work ethic. Brook Lopez says "He's playing strong...really crashing the boards hard." And Yi himself says he's hopeful but needs to improve "everything" starting with defense. Lawrence Frank says Yi must improve for the Nets to improve, but admits as well, he has a tough road ahead at PF.
- Yi must power up for Nets - Fred Kerber - New York Post