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antoinewalker
11-09-2007, 05:41 PM
lol @ the game being aired on 19 channels in china. i bet everyone in china is really hyped up for this game.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3101114

Updated: November 8, 2007, 8:44 PM ET

HOUSTON -- Patriots vs. Colts? That's nothing.

In China, Friday night's game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets is expected to draw TV ratings that would put even a Super Bowl to shame.

It's Yao Ming vs. Yi Jianlian, the nation's greatest player facing his highly touted rookie countryman for the first time.

"It's the two best basketball players in the country coming to play in the best basketball league in the world," said Wang Meng, a sports writer who covers the Rockets for Titan Sports, a Beijing-based newspaper. "It doesn't matter who wins. It's the best thing that can happen in China, because people will be excited either way."

The game, starting early Saturday morning in China, will air on 19 television stations, including CCTV-5, the country's government-run network. It also will be available on two Webcasts and on video-enabled, wireless phones.

The NBA also is throwing a viewing party for fans in Beijing.

Wang said the game is expected to draw more than 200 million viewers in China. By comparison, last week's New England-Indianapolis game in the NFL drew an average audience of about 34 million. Last year's Super Bowl drew an average of 93 million.

"The numbers are just extraordinary," said Heidi Ueberroth, the NBA's president of global marketing partnerships and international business operations. "It's very significant. It's showing how much the globalization of the league is on the rise."

Seems the only people not overly psyched about the game are the players themselves.

"You really have to ask fans," Yao said. "I'm playing on the court. I'm not really going to feel how they feel. I know they're excited, very excited."

The two may not even guard each other much, if at all -- the 7-foot-6 Yao matches up with Bucks center Andrew Bogut and the 6-11 Yi will likely draw one of the Rockets' forwards, either Chuck Hayes or Shane Battier.

"Just another game for me," Yi said.

Not for China.

The Rockets drafted Yao with the top overall pick in 2002. His first matchup with Shaquille O'Neal drew over 200 million viewers back home.

He's since developed into one of the game's top centers, a five-time All-Star who's increased his scoring average every season. He had 28 points and 13 rebounds against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

And now comes Yi, the No. 6 pick in the draft. The two played together in Athens and Yao sensed immediately that 6-11 Yi would be a star.

"The first time I saw him, in 2004, for Olympic training camp, I know one day he would play here," Yao said. "He has huge talent. Already, he's shown some part of it, in his first four games."

The two haven't kept in touch much since Yi arrived in Milwaukee. When they did speak, Yao didn't give him much advice on life in the NBA.

"Just try to work hard," Yi said Yao told him. "First season is going to be not easy."

Yao said Yi is going to have to learn on his own, like he did.

"He's going through it in a different place," Yao said. "I don't know much about Milwaukee, I can't tell him too much. I don't want to give him too many pressures, or the wrong messages. Different people get different experiences."

Yi was reportedly disappointed that he wasn't picked by a team in a city with a larger Asian population. He seems to be adjusting just fine, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the Bucks' 78-72 win over Chicago last weekend.

They'll meet in Milwaukee on Feb. 2 and will team up in the Olympics in Beijing. Neither is thinking that far ahead.

"It's the NBA season," Yi said.

But they can't wait in China, where Wang thinks Friday's game will be long remembered as historic.

"When people talk about this, they will think about the game they watched where two Chinese players started in an NBA game," Wang said. "This will help Chinese basketball a lot, just like Luis Scola and Manu Ginobili watched Michael Jordan win the championship back in Argentina.

"Every kid who loves basketball has a basketball dream. For them right now, maybe some of them want to be like Kobe. Maybe some of them want to try to be LeBron James. Now, why not think about being like Yi? This will open their eyes. This is such a great thing."

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

AxdemxO
11-09-2007, 06:03 PM
wow ths some numbers....should be crazy.

Evilmav2
11-09-2007, 06:14 PM
I was talking about this game with a fella who has a lot of family in mainland China, and he said that, as the article says above, this game is being looked at as almost a national Chinese history making event, and that virtually everyone with access to a television will be getting up early to watch this live. In a nation of over a billion people, that's some pretty impressive ratings for very insignificant early-season NBA game (and just think about how many people will view the rotating Subway/Men's Wearhouse/Popeye's Chicken/Houston Metro Transport/etc... ads on the scorekeeper's table- that's some pretty good exposure for a few thousand dollars of advertising budget :D) ...

ty
11-09-2007, 06:23 PM
I was talking about this game with a fella who has a lot of family in mainland China, and he said that, as the article says above, this game is being looked at as almost a national Chinese history making event, and that virtually everyone with access to a television will be getting up early to watch this live. In a nation of over a billion people, that's some pretty impressive ratings for very insignificant early-season NBA game (and just think about how many people will view the rotating Subway/Men's Wearhouse/Popeye's Chicken/Houston Metro Transport/etc... ads on the scorekeeper's table- that's some pretty good exposure for a few thousand dollars of advertising budget :D) ...

...if only they had a Subway/Men's Wearhouse/Popeye's Chicken/Houston Metro Transport in China ;P

Stranger
11-09-2007, 06:25 PM
Yi has been pretty good in his first few NBA games. I expected a much slower start from him. He's been arguably the best rookie after Kevin Durant.

Underdog
11-09-2007, 06:26 PM
...if only they had a Subway/Men's Wearhouse/Popeye's Chicken/Houston Metro Transport in China ;P


They might have Subway & Men's Warehouse... Plus, China has more English-speaking people than America (raw numbers, not percentage), so at least they'll understand what the ads say...

Evilmav2
11-09-2007, 08:07 PM
Popeye's has opened a number of locations in China, following the great success of KFC in providing 'American Style' chicken to the Red Chinese masses (or at least those who can afford to eat in the Western style fast food establishments in the coastal development zones)...

Evilmav2
11-09-2007, 09:48 PM
Red China SuperBowl Update: Thus far (at half-time) Yi has amassed a total of 2 points in this Red Chinese Game of the Century whereas YaoYao has 14...

GuerillaBlack
11-09-2007, 11:25 PM
Yao finished with 28, and Yi with 19.

antoinewalker
11-09-2007, 11:38 PM
yi got hot in the 2nd half. he had a solid game.

And1
11-10-2007, 12:17 AM
They might have Subway & Men's Warehouse... Plus, China has more English-speaking people than America (raw numbers, not percentage), so at least they'll understand what the ads say...
http://world.subway.com/Countries/frmMainPage.aspx?CC=CHI

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200102/19/eng20010219_62734.html

http://www.alibaba.com/company/10443589.html

3 of 4 isn't bad.

horse900703
11-10-2007, 08:48 AM
it was really good game~~~~

MavsX
11-10-2007, 12:31 PM
Game notes
Six continents were represented on the two benches -- Yao and Yi, from Asia; Dikembe Mutombo, from Africa (Zaire); Andrew Bogut, from Australia; Dan Gadzuric, from Europe (born in the Netherlands) and Luis Scola, from South America (Argentina), in addition to the 24 North American players on both rosters. ... Capitalizing on the heavy presence of the Chinese media at the game, the Rockets announced a partnership with Chinese shoe company Anta. ... Two of Yao's former coaches -- Rudy Tomjanovich and Del Harris -- chatted on press row before the game. Tomjanovich was the Rockets' coach for Yao's rookie season; Harris coached the Chinese national team at the 2004 Olympics.

mary
11-10-2007, 12:58 PM
"His talent is unbelievable," Yao said. "You ask me how good he can be? I can't say that. But I think he'll be better than me."

When asked why he thought Yi would surpass him in the future, Yao thought for a moment.

"I'm older," Yao said with a smile.

Link (http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/49097/20071110/yao_yi_will_be_better_than_me/)

Yao is a classy guy.

Dirkadirkastan
11-10-2007, 05:43 PM
Will the Bucks make up half the Eastern Conference All-Star team this year?

MavsX
11-10-2007, 06:27 PM
Link (http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/49097/20071110/yao_yi_will_be_better_than_me/)

Yao is a classy guy.


who is that guy in your sig?

mary
11-10-2007, 06:56 PM
who is that guy in your sig?
Doug Wilson / Kevin Nealon - from Showtime's Weeds.

mqywaaah
11-12-2007, 08:48 AM
^^I love that show!

MightyToine
11-13-2007, 12:51 PM
who is that guy in your sig?


a figment of everyone's imagination.

horse900703
11-17-2007, 10:21 AM
good game!!!!