Great Q & A with Sun Yue…

NBA.com: By now, Yao is a household name and Yi is emerging into the collective conscious of the basketball realm, the question remains: Who is Yue?

Sun Yue, a lithe 6-foot-9, 205-pound guard selected with the 40th pick in the 2007 Draft by the Lakers, joins Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian as the third member of the Chinese national team playing in the NBA.

After averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 assists during China’s run in the Olympics this past summer, Yue came to America despite no guarantee that he would make the roster as a second-round pick.

Yue (whose name is pronounced SAHN YOU) edged out Dwayne Mitchell, Joe Crawford and Coby Karl in training camp to become L.A.’s 15th man for 2008-09.

Prior to cementing his spot on the Lakers, Yue played for the Beijing Aoshen Olympians of the American Basketball Association for the past three seasons. Sun, 23, was named First Team All-ABA in both 2007 and 2008 while earning Second-Team All-ABA honors in 2006.

He has yet to play a minute during the regular season and you can find him racking and fetching all the balls that rolled around the gym after practice as part of his rookie treatment, but that doesn’t change Yue’s enthusiasm about being in the NBA.

NBA.com’s Dave McMenamin caught up with Yue after a recent Lakers practice to talk about his journey to the league.

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  • http://lakers.com lakers101

    WE SHOULD LET HIM PLAY INSTEAD OF LUKE WALTON!!!

  • Lakers 24 7

    I bet our team has the most left handed shooters in the league. Maybe the only left handed shooters in the league.

    Odom, Fisher, Yue…even Kobe and Gasol can hit with the left.

  • Smush Walton

    From what I’ve seen Sun has potential but he needs a lot of work. In what limited time he had on the court during the preseason he looked overwhelmed out there.

    Hopefully he will play full time in the D League so can get some playing time and work on his game.

  • domz

    sun was not the 15th man. stupid nba.com.

  • http://www.deluxpro.com VIVA

    Sun needs to train and be more physical. That’s what I think. But kid’s got potential.

  • Dave

    Potential is always good. So, I hope he achieves this “potential” before they cut him from the team or he retires from basketball. That’s all I have to say on the subject.

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    When he played in the preseason, he looked scared therefore the defense would play more pressure defense when he had the ball. He was always looking into making the pass first. He should play some streetball to toughen up a bit and try to score first. This way the defense will ease up then he can play more passive game.

  • http://swishtheball.net thelakerfuture

    gain 20 pounds of lean muscle

  • Freshh

    -_-

  • http://lakersground.net Lakers4Life

    Q: I also read that there is nothing on the court that you like doing more than the other thing. You like passing, you also like shooting. You like rebounding … you like everything the same. What is your best skill though?

    A: I think passing. Since I’ve played basketball I’ve played guard, so the last 13-14 years, I played the one position. I enjoy passing. I like sharing the ball with my teammates, that’s what basketball is to me. I like passing from the backcourt and watch[ing] my teammate go in for a layup and score. That feels just like I scored.

  • Someonenator

    yeah this guy is a stud, he will just have to improve and we will be seiing a future all-star

  • yellowpurplefever

    He needs to hire a trainer to bulk-up and streghtening his condition for NBA ready. Also, be more confident in his game. Look at Famar, so it can be done. Good luck Sun, now go hit the D-league

  • iann

    i hope that lakers will win in game 4 :D