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The next time Yao gets double-teamed, I want him to elbow somebody in the face," Van Gundy said.

David Stern probably wasn't thrilled to hear the comment, but Van Gundy's message was clear. To use the common NBA vernacular, defenses were "punking" his second-year player. Teams were double-teaming Yao regularly, and defenders were physically pounding him in an effort to take him out of his game. It was time for the big fella to fight back.
Imagine the challenge this young man faces. Yao has been somewhat reluctant to dunk during his career because he was taught as a young player in China that dunking was disrespectful to one's opponent (obviously the And One Streetball videos hadn't made it to the Far East yet).
Because of his height, opponents always will cause problems for Yao. But it's only a matter of time and experience before he's causing much more difficulty for them. Who knows, maybe by that time he'll be swinging elbows, listening to 50 Cent on his iPod, talking trash to his opponents in perfect English and wearing a championship ring.

Then Van Gundy would be happy.
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_y...4BHNlYwNlY2w-?slug=sk-yao&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Interesting article by Steve Kerr.
 

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I'm sure is about the time...
Is not easy to adapt to another culture... He lived in a country with a very very different sporting culture... Few years ago they didn't have the stats.. there is not about winning...
Yao has already changed a lot from last year in mentality


"Who knows, maybe by that time he'll be swinging elbows, listening to 50 Cent on his iPod, talking trash to his opponents in perfect English and wearing a championship ring.

Then Van Gundy would be happy. "

Is not happening this beacuse Yao will always be different... he grew in the Chinese way... but he will adapt year by year become more ambitious, more agressive..
Van Gundy is doing a good work on motivate him, on doing plenty of plays for him... He must understand he is the cornerstone of the franchise, that the teams depends on him... The team should encourage him, give him the ball.. make him understand is important..
 
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