Art Thompson III of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:
Fatigue continues to get the better of Sun Yue, forcing the Lakers’ rookie guard to mainly watch practice due to mononucleosis.
Through an interpreter, Sun said Saturday that he no longer has a high fever nor is he contagious. He started out practice with the rest of his teammates, taking part in the warmup and stretching period.
However, Sun acknowledged that his body still feels weak. He apparently tried to do too much at Friday’s morning practice and later that afternoon, complained of dizziness.
“He was able to do two drills today and then he got tired,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “His legs and his lungs both gave out on him. But that’s not unexpected.”
Sun’s condition is being monitored daily, by the Lakers’ medical staff and through the interpreter, Sun said that there is no timetable set on his being cleared for all basketball-related activity. However, it does not appear that Sun will be out for an extremely lengthy stretch of time.
Of course, the longer that Sun remains out, the further he falls behind in learning the system. Although the two-year guaranteed contract that Sun signed this summer essentially secures him a roster spot, the longer that he is out, the less opportunity Sun would have to compete for playing minutes.
“It’s very disappointing for him,” Jackson said. “But at least he’s here, now. For the first three days, he couldn’t come to our workouts.”
That absence, said Jackson, prevented Sun from visually absorbing what was being taught on the court.
When asked if he was bored at practice, mainly sitting on the side, Sun answered in English, “Yes.”