After dominating lesser competition, Team China got hammered by Iran Sunday in the FIBA Asia Cup and now the recriminations have begun. One target: Yi Jianlian, who is being compared unfavorably to the injured Yao Ming. Said Iran's coach: "Yi is a great talent but it's a lot on him and he is not a player who will make a difference in a team...He's not a leader in the team." Most Chinese, however, blame their coach.
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