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.