One impact Jeremy Lin had last season was that he converted many indifferent Asian-American sports fans into hardcore NBA nerds. At least they followed the Knicks. And with 32 nationally televised games this season, they thought it would be more of the same.
One giant Daryl Morey sized poison pill later, Linsanity will be toiling in relative obscurity with a mere six national games playing for the Houston Rockets. Only two games are on ESPN, while the other four are on NBA TV—not exactly a ubiquitous station.
I like to check out what band’s are playing on the late night shows. Jimmy Fallon gets the best ones, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan are tied for second, Letterman is third and I don’t even bother with Jay Leno.
I saw that The Walkmen were playing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, so I hit the record button on my DVR remote control.
When I fast-forwarded to the end of the episode a few nights later, I saw this Asian dude with glasses strumming a very Mumford and Sons like tune on his acoustic. Surrounded by a five piece band. All Asian. Doing a hoedown.
You’ll read a ton of predictions before the 2012-2013 NBA season begins. I will not be attempting that. At least not now. What I will be listing are the teams I am looking forward to watching from least to most. This is based on new acquisitions, rookies and national TV appearances. The list starts with the teams I am least looking forward to watching and counting down to the most—starting with the Eastern Conference. The number in (parenthesis) denotes total national TV appearances.
I posted Part 1 of the music listening party. Part 2 concludes here. The theme for the second half of the evening was anything old/vintage. I put a rule of pre-2000. The night continued on after a few people left. Here’s how it transpired.
I participated in a music listening with former Universal Records employee Eric Funderburke, über indie music nerd Kevin Moore, and about seven other people in 2007. Each participant brought three bands—two new ones and one oldie.
The last game in NJ on April 23rd 2012 vs. Philly was was surprisingly full and lively.
It wasn’t easy being a Nets fan in Knick country. Despite two Finals appearances by the Nets that coincided with the Eddy Curry/Stephon Marbury/Isaiah Thomas years, the New Jersey Nets never got any respect. I’d actually get jealous going to Knick games—because despite the fact that the team was a joke, the fans were always a hundred times more enthusiastic than Nets fans. The Jason Kidd years had a better showing in the Continental Arena but their best days paled in comparison to the Knicks’ worst at the Garden.
It was Tuesday, July 17th. The Daily News tabbed tonight’s choice by the New York Knicks on whether or not to match the Houston Rockets backloaded contract offer sheet to restricted free agent point guard Jeremy Lin as, “The Most Important Decision Since ‘The Decision'”, in reference to LeBron James’ July snubbing of the Knicks and hometown Cleveland Cavaliers two years earlier. The Knicks whiffed on this season’s MVP and Finals MVP then, and rumor had it, would be letting their sensational point guard from out of nowhere walk all the way to Houston for nothing in return. Continue reading “A Cure for Linsanity”
I’m so pissed at the Knicks. How could they allow Jeremy Lin to leave? The only thing that makes me angrier than watching my favorite player leave my favorite team is to listen to all the “experts” tell me it was the “right decision” for the Knicks. I had to hear this crap on my ride home from work on Tuesday night (1050 ESPN) then again on SportsCenter when I got home then again on WFAN this morning. Here are the nuggets of knowledge dropped by ESPN’s “NBA Insiders”:
1. “If the Knicks matched the offer, Lin would cost them $50 Million in the 3rd year of his contract [because of the Luxury Tax]. He’s not worth it!”