Thursday, July 26, 2012

Most Anticipated NBA Regular Season Game?

The Houston Rockets @ the New York Knicks will be the most anticipated matchup of the 2012-2013 regular season. Can you imagine the TV ratings and ticket prices for that game?

We'll post the full Rockets schedule this evening after its been released.

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  1. Can not imagine ~ ~ ~ ~ unprecedented duel?

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  2. Doesn't matter to me, I will subscribe to NBA league pass. I'm on the computer a lot anyway. LOL. ABC and ESPN have terrible commentary.

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    1. yea Lin is going to make me pay for League Pass.

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  3. I notice there's been a lot less interest in Jeremy Lin ever since his move to Houston. On articles and forums that used to draw hundreds of comments and thousands of page views, I only see a few comments and a couple hundred views. The frenzy has really died down and the Houston fan base is rather small and more preoccupied with football training camp.

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    1. I think its just a matter of "ok he moved to Houston, now what?", once the season starts and he does well, I'm sure haters/fans will buzz around him like flies yet again. Kind of reminds me of when he was injured, the volume of talk died down significantly. I think Jeremy can use the break anyway, instead of being under the microscope and dealing with pundits all day.

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    2. Well, the attention Jeremy's gotten lately are just manufactured drama by the Knicks' dysfunctional organization. The sooner that dies down the better.

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    3. Less media attention is GOOD.

      It will allow JLin just to focus on basketball and not on other ridiculous off-the-court drama.

      But best of all, it means fewer hackneyed "Lin" puns from the US media.

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    4. Totally agree w/ Ixy. The attention will be back once season starts.

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  4. When Lin returns to NY, it'll first be boos.

    But if Lin plays his game and the Rockets win, the crowd will turn on the Knicks and they'll be chanting "MVP".

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    1. I'd hate to be Raymond Felton on that day.

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    2. If the crowd starts chanting "MVP", I want the camera to be on Dolan. It will be priceless!

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    3. i disagree, i think the majority of fans will be cheering. pretty sure the SAS-led sheep will be drowned out.

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  6. All the boo's he is getting from Knicks fans, Jeremy wil countwr them with Love! All the doubts and criticisms will only fuel him up. Maybe it was not a PR and marketing wise to leave Knicks for Rockets and some might say he lost out a great opportunity to be mentored by Kidd. Critics have their said but who can foreseen what will Jeremy's future if he stays with Knicks? He need more playing time to gain experience, to work on improving his weaknesses and reduce his TO; Jeremy has to fork out his energy and concentration to do so. He has to make himself and Rockets relevant in the league, with skills, intelligence and wisdom in his game and to acts as a catalyst to his team mate, that is the Jeremy Lin we want to see after leaving behind the superstar treatment from Knicks fans and all the media fan fare

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    1. Rocket fans don't realize what they have. Noone has time to follow all of the games and drama in a different city. They have been listening to all of the trash in the media. They don't know how lucky they are....Many of them only remember that Miami game where Jlin frankly sucked. Hopefully, he will be injury-free and dominate...only time will tell.

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  7. i'm sure Lin would never do this, but wouldn't it be great if he whispered in JR Smith's ear-- '$25 mil baby'

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    1. Lin doesn't have to do that.

      Jr Smith who earns literally 1/10 of Lin's contract can whisper that in his own ear.

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  8. Like Khuang says time and time again, 80-90% of the NBA & the mainstream's problem with Lin is that he is an Asian American male. I know a lot of people hate hearing that and many don't agree with that assessment. To me, the other 10-20% for the NBA and sports media is that Lin doesn't fit the mold of the typical NBA player. He's more Shane Battier than JR Smith. Not saying that's bad at all, just that if Jlin were more overtly into hip hop culture and grew up in an urban environment, he might fit in more or be less of a threat to other NBA players. Jlin pretty much sticks out like a sore thumb in all facets. This guy went to Harvard (although not for the reasons the mainstream media always tries to put on him), seems to have a lot going for him, and projects what looks like a squeaky clean image for this day and age. If Jlin really is capable of something close to linsanity fulltime on the court, the majority of the NBA establishment and mainstream media won't be able to handle it and will call him overrated and praise his teammates.

    Just watch if Houston smashes NY on ESPN. Jon Barry will say something like "I gotta tell ya Magic, Lin is ok, but really it's those 2 rookies, X and Y, that really make the Rockets tick and make Lin look good." That's even if Lin gets 30pt,14ast,8rbd,and 6stls. In the end, all that matters are wins and if Lin wins putting up modest numbers while playing the lead role, I'm all for it.

    As an aside, even when Steve Nash won MVP, people (mostly non whites) said it was because he was white and that he wasn't that good. They said guys like Marion covered Nash's deficiencies and that Amare was really what made Nash look like a decent player. Nowadays Steve Nash is accepted by all folks in basketball circles, white, black, and purple. SAS talks about Nash these days as if SAS always loved him. I imagine if Jlin replicates something close to linsanity for most of his career, people will have to come around and begrudingly talk about Lin in the same way they now talk about Nash.

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    1. The coolest thing is that NBA players act AFRAID of Jeremy Lin.

      Everybody wants to test themselves against him. Coaches set up their defenses to stop him. Opponents guard him with the Jordan Rules. Every game, he puts somebody on a poster. And on D, guys try to score in Lin even though they usually need 30 shots to score 30 points the way Derrick Rose did.

      If Jeremy Lin were just the "backup" that Hall of Shame coach Larry Brown called him, nobody would need all these fancy schemes to go against Lin.

      In the NBA, what guys do is more important than what they think or say. It's "Bring your ABC gamr against Jeremy Lin or become an ASIAN FAIL!"

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  9. Oh please. First off, a huge reason why Lin is so popular, such a media phenomenon, is because he is Asian. Had Lin been black, sure it would have been a story, but not Linsanity. Not the through the roof ratings, attendance and merchandising, not the Time Magazine most influential list.

    "if Jlin were more overtly into hip hop culture and grew up in an urban environment, he might fit in more or be less of a threat to other NBA players."

    The problem is that there are a lot more NBA guys that aren't urban or hip hop than you think, including guys that are a lot better than Shane Battier. What makes Lin a threat to the NBA in any way that a Spurs team led by Tony Parker (France), Tim Duncan (Virgin Islands) and Manu Ginobli (Argentinia) wasn't?

    "Jlin pretty much sticks out like a sore thumb in all facets. This guy went to Harvard (although not for the reasons the mainstream media always tries to put on him), seems to have a lot going for him, and projects what looks like a squeaky clean image for this day and age. If Jlin really is capable of something close to linsanity fulltime on the court, the majority of the NBA establishment and mainstream media won't be able to handle it"

    The problem with that is that there are and have been tons of athletes in and out of the NBA that come from middle class backgrounds and had superior academic records, and a lot of them are/were better than Shane Battier. Now this is not so much the case with the NBA today, but only because the best players no longer stay in college more than 2 years, if that. Before there were more than a few guys with degrees from places like Duke, Georgetown and even the Naval Academy (David Robinson) in the NBA, and if the NBA would ever stand up to its union and institute a "must be 3 years removed from high school" rule like the NFL does, there'd be a lot more. And really, how different is the NBA "establishment" from the NFL? Yet the top 2 players in the NFL draft this year was a guy from Stanford (Andrew Luck) and another guy who Stanford (and Harvard) badly wanted (Robert Griffin III).

    There are a lot of guys from non-urban backgrounds with squeaky clean images, good educations and a lot going for them in the NBA (and NFL). The problem is that the only ones who are getting all the attention for being such are Jeremy Lin (NBA) and Tim Tebow (NFL) and that has a lot to do with the "overrated" talk and the other backlash that they get.

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