Inquirer: Los Angeles-bound guard Sun Yue has said he does not want to be known as “China’s Magic Johnson” as he seeks a spot on the Lakers’ roster, but is happy to be known as the “Monkey King.”

Sun is expected to depart for the Lakers’ training camp as soon as the US Embassy here issues his visa, and he is confident that he can make a roster that is led by superstars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

“I don’t want to be called the next Magic Johnson,” Sun told the China Daily of the nickname given him to by the Chinese sporting press.

“He was a great player, and he has everything you could ask for in a coach but I don’t think I am going to pattern my game after him in my rookie year,” he said of the legendary player and Lakers part-owner.

The 23-year-old Sun was signed by Los Angeles to a multi-year contract after he helped China to an eighth place finish at the Beijing Olympics, averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 assists a game.

The six-foot-eight inch (2.06 meter) guard was originally selected by the Lakers in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft, but was not given a contract or an invitation to training camp last year.

Already Chinese fans in Los Angeles are calling him “Sun Wukong,” after the mythical “Monkey King,” the legendary simian hero of the Chinese Buddhist literary classic “Journey to the West.”

“If they want to name me after the fighting Buddhist master then I guess that will make me a bit more literary,” Sun told journalists.

“For the fans to already have these kinds of plans [to name me Monkey King] is really great support for me.”

  • e

    i like this guy already

  • Lakers 24 7

    The Rising “Sun”

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  • varsityoptimism

    it starts here, Sunny is now known as monkey king!

  • Bag

    “Sun” Goku

  • Jamie Spears Insider

    rofl. Monkey King!

  • Chokoy

    happy to see this article..i suggested it to the moderator

  • kobe4ever

    Bag!!!! Son “Goku” ahahahahaha man you are right on the money with that one bro. Dragonball Z, the monkey king is right. lolz thanks for that comment, I fell off my chair laughing b/c that was right on the money thanks bro.

  • daboss1849

    Man i was pissed off when i first saw the title of this article!!! I thought he was disparaging my brothers in the nba calling himself the monkey king. It makes sense after reading the article tho at least i don’t have to kick some sun pau chicken ass…


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    Wow, when I read this and him calling himself the “Monkey King” gave me a mental picture of him being so lanky, and agile that he dubbed himself the Monkey King. At no time did I think of him being the King of anyone else.

    Not everything you read is racially motivated. In other words “chill out”…get it “chill out…I’m an Ice cream man…i have ice cream that is chillin…chill out…ha ha ha ha ha…”

  • DCLAKER….it’s works.

  • Mitch4Pres

    sun looks goood in that laker jersey no homo

  • LN1

    hehe monkey king. i loved that story, great character. and to the guy that brought up “son goku” that pretty much refers to the monkey king or in chinese “SUN wukong”. its all the same guy just different way of saying it. monkey king is like america’s superman. very iconic character. just a little tidbit =) i cant wait to see Sun play.

  • kPoAbUe

    wow haven’t been on this site for long time lmaooo MONKEY KING LOL!!!

  • jessica alba

    omg i wanna do him

  • KONG!


  • jessica alba

    ”stick a gerbil in ur butt through a tube”

  • jessica alba

    i wanna have sex wiff him thats wat

  • kobean

    sun dry up the other teams rain. they cant get shots to rain down with you playin som tenacious d

  • Lakers 24 7

    why don’t we call him..MAGIC MONKEY!!!!

  • LAKing

    This mutha**** has got ALOT to prove. Puttin him in the same sentence as Magic Johnson is straight up blasphemy. He can call himself any other unusual nicknames, he better be ready to ball like everyday is his last.

  • yellowpurplefever

    He’s gonna make the team for sure. Sun Monkey needs come to camp and be ready to work hard period. This is NOT Chinese or Euro-league. Most important, play defense and smart basketball. Good luck Sun Monkey. Don’t blame the players, blame the media for “Chinese Magic” or “Grant Hill next MJ”

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