China's Yi Jianlian works out during a training- session with Los Angeles Lakers on Friday in Los Angeles. Photo: CFP
Yi Jianlian may not like being compared to Yao Ming ciabatte puma con pelo , but he isn't shy about wearing his No.11 jersey this season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Speaking during the Lakers' -practice on Friday in suburban El -Segundo, the 28-year-old forward--center said the two agreed that Yi would wear Yao's former number with his new NBA team.

"Yao asked me. We talked about it," said Yi.

NBA Hall of Famer Yao wore No.11 during his eight seasons with the Houston Rockets puma suede classic grigie , averaging 19.0 points and 9.2 rebounds.

Yi was once dubbed "the next Yao Ming" but says he is a different player with his own unique skill set.

"To me it is different. Yao is Yao. The biggest player in China," Yi told a packed scrum of English- and -Chinese-language reporters on the practice court.

"I learned a lot from him. I talk to him a lot. We have a different mind-set about basketball."

The struggling Lakers signed Yi, of Heshan in South China's Guangdong Province puma suede classic blu , to a one-year deal last month at $1.14 million that could be worth up to $8 million with incentives and -bonuses.

The 2.11-meter Yi is back in the NBA after a four-year hiatus.

The -native Cantonese-speaking Yi played in China with the Guangdong Southern Tigers from 2012 to 2016 and was the cornerstone of the Chinese national team at Rio Olympic Games.

Yi says his stellar performance in his fourth trip to the Olympic Games -likely boosted his worth for the Lakers.

"I had success for sure in the Olympic Games," said Yi, who averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from three-point range. "Team China was a young team. For myself puma suede classic rosa , I just tried to play hard and try to get a win."

Yao and Yi know each other well both on and off the court. They were Olympic teammates and squared off against each other in Yao's final NBA game on November 10, 2010 between the Rockets and the Wizards in Washington.

Confident comeback

Yi said he never lost hope he would one day return to the NBA.

"I always expected it. I was always getting ready. I kept my confidence," Yi said. "I am excited puma suede classic nere , for sure. I have been out for four years. To come back and play for the Lakers is very exciting.

"Especially to play for this city and to play for this team. It is known all over the world."

Yi was the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, a class that included first overall pick Greg Oden plus Kevin Durant, Al Horford and Joakim Noah.

But Yi never really lived up to his potential in his five NBA seasons puma suede classic italia , -averaging only 7.9 points and 4.9 -rebounds with the Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks.

Yi says basketball in China is getting better each year as an increasing number of imports are joining their elite league and more Chinese players are traveling overseas.

"The league is getting better. A lot of NBA players go there now and play. It is not easy to play there. You can ask the players puma basket heart denim italia ," he said.

Yi said he doesn't expect to have a problem adjusting to the faster speed and pace of the NBA game.

"I feel pressure but I feel very excited for that. I played a lot of games in China, in Asia, and in the Olympic Games so that's a lot of experience … For me puma suede heart satin grigie , this is a good opportunity."

The Lakers finished a franchise-worst 17-65 last year in Kobe Bryant's farewell season.

Yi thinks he can add some size to the roster and help with the Lakers' three-point shooting.

"In the summer time, I talked to coach Luke [Walton]. I told him I think I can fit into their system. I think I can really play over here."


ANTALYA, Turkey, Aug. 30 (Xinhua)-- Even though Turkish nation team coach Fatih Terim strengthened that football should stay away from politics, the timing and the venue of the Turkey-Russia friendly on Wednesday, in the resort province of Antalya, means more than a friendship mach.

Terim said that football and sports should be apart from politics and wish the friendly match between Turkey and Russia on Aug. 31 to bring more friendship to the people of two nations.

The game comes weeks after Ankara and Moscow mended ties following the November 2015 crisis that erupted after Turkey downed a Russian jet for violating its airspace on the Syrian border. The crisis was brought to an end following Turkish President Recep Erdogan's June letter to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and a bilateral meeting in Russia on Aug. 9.

The two countries are now seeking ways for joint action against IS in Syria, building a joint mechanism, and more economic cooperation. The game hosting city Antalya, which is among the areas worst hit by the Ankara-Moscow crisis, is now seeing hope for more Russian visitors coming.

Following the rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow, Russian tourists are returning to Turkey. The first charter flights with Russian tourists will fly to Turkey on Sept. 4-5, Maya Lomidze, executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, told the TASS news agency on Aug. 29.

While it is unlikely that Putin will be in attendance, some 2,000 Russian fans are expected to attend the game, a spokesman for the Turkish Football Federation has said.

MOSCOW, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Russia and China will jointly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Second World War to uphold world peace and wartime history.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday met here with Li Zhanshu puma suede heart satin nere , a senior official of Communist Party of China (CPC).

Putin said he expected Chinese President Xi Jinping to come to Moscow for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War on May 9.

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