Monthly Archive for August, 2008

Lakers Ink Sun Yue

A few weeks after agreeing to terms, the Lakers have officially signed guard Sun Yue to a multi-year contract.

Since originally agreeing, Sun has spent time starting alongside NBA players Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian for the Chinese National team in the Beijing Olympics.

Although China was ousted in the first game of the medal round, Sun played well, averaging 6.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Kobe Tops Jersey Sales in China

For the second season in a row Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant has the top selling jersey in China.

Bryant’s popularity in east Asia was on full display during the Opening Ceremonies of this year’s Beijing Olympics.

Fellow Team USA members LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard ranked 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Here’s the full press release:

For the second consecutive season, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers had the top selling NBA jersey in China. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, members of the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics, moved into the top five on this year’s list.

Garnett, who had the most popular jersey in the U.S. this season, moved up to second this year in China. The Houston Rockets’ Tracy McGrady ranked third for the second consecutive season. Pierce, The Finals MVP, whose jersey was not in the top 10 last season moved up to fourth. The Denver Nuggets’ Allen Iverson dropped from second on last year’s list to fifth to round out the top five. China’s Yao Ming from the Houston Rockets, ranked 10th on the list, down from six last year.

The rankings are based on sales from retail stores throughout China for the
2007-08 season. adidas is the official on-court uniform and apparel provider of the NBA.

2007-08 Top Selling Jerseys in China
1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
3. Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets
4. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
5. Allen Iverson, Denver Nuggets
6. Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards
7. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
8. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
9. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
10. Yao Ming, Houston Rockets

Lakers Agree to General Terms with Sun Yue

Team officials with the Lakers have confirmed that the team has agreed to general terms on a contract with point guard Sun Yue. The Lakers hope to finalize the terms and formally sign Sun soon. Per team policy, terms will not be released.

Earlier in the off-season, General Manager Mitch Kupchak had commented that the team hoped to be in contact with Sun about this upcoming season.

The Lakers drafted Sun Yue in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft at #40 based on his size and ball handling ability. Click here for an interview with Mitch Kupchak following the 2007 draft or you can watch Sun’s pre-draft workout from 2007.

Since that time, Sun, 22, has continued to play with his club team Beijing Aoshen and with the Chinese national team. The Chinese National team played in the 2007 Las Vegas Summer League and will participate in the upcoming Olympics, playing Team USA this Sunday.

This off-season the Lakers have also signed guard Dwayne Mitchell and drafted guard Joe Crawford, who remains unsigned.

Sun Yue would join Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar, Kobe Bryant, recently re-signed Sasha Vujacic and Coby Karl in the Lakers backcourt.

Regular Season Schedule Announced

The official 2008-09 regular season schedule has been released.

Click here to see the full schedule.

Click here to read our schedule breakdown.

Click here to download the schedule wallpaper.

Click here to download a printable version of the schedule.