Olympic Opener: Redd versus Yi?

Michael Redd and Yi Jianlian are likely to face off in the opening game of the Beijing Olympics this summer. We don't know team rosters yet, but we do know Team USA will play China. If Team USA play anything like they did last summer, the host team is in serious trouble.

Team USA was drawn into Group B on Saturday, along with China, Spain, and Angola. A qualifying tournament will determine the other two teams that will join the group. Chris Sheridan thinks it's a favorable draw. Four teams advance from each group, so the worst possible draw in the world probably wouldn't have prevented that anyway.

Yi is a lock to make China's team, and while Team USA has some very difficult roster decisions to make, Redd's performance at the FIBA's last summer probably secured him a spot.

Charles Gardner has more on the showdown.

In the 2006 World Championships, Team USA beat China 121-90, and Yi chipped in 13 points on 5-10 shooting off the bench.

 

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