NBA lottery winner retires.

According to China Global Television Network, 2007 NBA sixth-round pick Yi Jianlian has retired.

“Time flies; in the blink of an eye, basketball has been by my side for 21 years,” Yi posted on Webio. “After much consideration, I have decided to retire from basketball.

Farewell is a new beginning, not the end. I shall cherish the past while embracing new chapters in my life. My dear basketball, goodbye


The 7-foot forward Yi played for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China from 2002-07 before entering the NBA draft.

Despite wanting to play in a Chinese-majority market, the Bucks drafted him sixth overall and he spent his rookie season in Milwaukee.

Yi was moved from Milwaukee to New Jersey after his rookie year for Richard Jefferson. After two seasons with the Nets from 2008-10

Yi briefly joined the Lakers for the preseason in 2016, but he was cut when the regular season started. The 35-year-old averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game in 272 NBA regular season games, shooting.

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