Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  12 responses

Yi Jianlian Will Carry China’s Flag at the Olympic Games

Joining Pau Gasol of Spain, Yi Jianlian will be the second NBA player to carry his country’s flag the Olympics’ opening ceremonies in London this Friday. The immortal Eazy Yi will be China’s official flag bearer, per Shanghai Daily (via BDL): “Chinese basketball player Yi Jianlian is busy with his first training session after arriving in London. He has been chosen as China’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of London Olympics, which will be unveiled on July 27. China has the tradition of choosing basketball players as flag-bearers for the Olympic Games opening ceremony. Former NBA star Yao Ming was the flag-bearer of the Chinese sports delegation at both Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004.”

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  • Da Real

    Yi should go to Houston and play with Lin. Asian dynamic duo, haha

  • MikeC.

    Is it a tradition if it’s only been done twice?

  • http://www.slaminline.com spit hot fiyah

    he is not immortal

  • Jono

    The guys got great silky-smooth jumper and is relatively athletic, not sur ewhy he just can’t produce in the NBA level, he’s got the tools required to succeed.

  • LA Huey

    He is immortal. It was confirmed on MythBusters.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Hey man, you don’t talk to Eazy Yi. You listen to him. The man’s enlarged my mind. He’s a poet warrior in the classic sense. I mean sometimes he’ll… uh… well, you’ll say “hello” to him, right? And he’ll just walk right by you. He won’t even notice you. And suddenly he’ll grab you, and he’ll throw you in a corner, and he’ll say, “Do you know that ‘if’ is the middle word in life?

  • bike

    So China only picks b-ball players to be flag-bearers? That must really piss off the Badminton guys.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    Ease yi is rery gode at playing the basketballs. He no is yao, but gode also

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @ Teddy- Mind=Blown.. :D

  • CDaTyrant

    The tallest flag bearer is from asia LOL. (Unless pau is taller.)

  • Binaural

    Lauren Jackson (WNBA) is carrying the flag for Australia.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Eazy Yi, I’ve always loved that nick name for him.