Why is 30 and 17 not enough (from Yao)?? Going home from the Sonics game, I noticed that I was frustrated with Yao. I had to check myself; the dude put up 30 and 17. But I couldn't help but feel somewhat frustrated that he didn't play better. I kept thinking about him turning the ball over in the post, or being denied post entry, or wishing that he'd elbow someone, anyone. I am starting to believe that Yao just can't win with us fans, the media or refs. He's the biggest guy on the court, and nothing he does is good enough. I'm guilty of this. Yao's got a great shooting touch. Yawn, wonderful. He is a great teammate. Sigh, that's nice. Yao is unselfish with the ball. Great, but can't he be more assertive . . . (and so on). I've always thought of Yao as a bigger, but less athletic Mr. Fundamental, Tim Duncan. I think Tim Duncan is one of the 5-8 most valuable players in the league, and don't think poorly of him at all. In fact, for some reason, I think Tim is a better player than Yao, and would likely trade Yao for Duncan (well, maybe not, but I'd think hard about it). But let's look at their performance this year. Yao vs Duncan PPG: 22.3 vs 18.8 RPG: 10.7 vs 11 BPG: 2.34 vs 1.86 Asst: 2.4 vs 3 FG%: .505 vs .505 FT%: 85% vs 68% TO: 3.4 vs 2.5 Yao gets the benefit of 3-4 more mins per game, but based on the numbers, Duncan isn't much better a player, is he? But I sometimes think that Duncan is superior, significantly so. (parenthetical 1: some folks get so frustrated with Yao that they feel he is not a max contract player, or that he is just barely above average) (parenthetical 2: As I type this, I think there's only one pivot player I'd trade Yao for, and that's Dwight Howard.) Bottom line: Yao is the biggest guy on the court. What this all boils down to is that folks want Yao to be Shaq. We want him to dunk, be more athletic, more physical, hard to front . . . and oh by the way, please keep the soft shooting stroke, outstanding freethrows, and keep being a good guy off the court. I'd say I'm being crazy here but I think there's truth to this. I'm basically asking the guy to be the best big man in the history of the game, and if he's not, I figure out a way to be disappointed with 30 and 17. This started out as a open ended rambling about my thoughts post Sonics game. But I think I'm onto something here about people's expectations and attitude towards Yao. I think my new year's resolution might be to appreciate Yao a little more.