China's premier sports event is the All-China Games, a national "Olympics" held every four years in October. Chinese sports sites report that Yi Jianlian's old team, the Guangdong Southern Tigers, asked the Nets to let Yi to play in the games. Problem is the basketball final is Oct. 28, opening night of the NBA. The team had a deal with the Bucks permitting him to play but it expired when he was traded to the Nets.
- Liu Jiang: NBA is more important for Yi Jianlian; the decision rests with the New Jersey Nets (Machine Translation) - Zhang Jian-Qiang - CBA China