Re: Yao Ming
- Do teams get a proportionate amount of their own merchandise sales?
Or is that all league $?
I do think you're right, though, that he will draw a lot of
attention. But to sustain it, he has to be good. Ichiro Suzuki
draws a ton of people everywhere he goes in baseball because he
brings out the Japanese fans. I don't think that would have happened
if he were not good enough to start. If a guy doesn't play a lot,
then the fans don't show as much. In China, they might just get mad
if Ming doesn't play a lot, rather than stop watching. I don't know.
If Chicago or GS had gotten the #1 pick, I wonder whether they would
have gone for the big guy.
--- In APBR_analysis@y..., "Charles L. Steinhardt" <charles@p...>
> There's another consideration here, of course.in
> Whoever took Yao was going to get an immediate and substantial bump
> their fanbase. Even if he struggles mightily, I'd predict thatRocket
> merchandise takes about a 150% bump in sales this year. If he doeswell,
> the sky's the limit. Consider what happened to Perugia when Nakatacame
> from Japan to Italy. He then got sold on just because a largerclub was
> willing to pay a lot for the boost in sales, trips to see themplay, etc.,
> even though as just a player on the pitch he wasn't worth his value.clearly
> When you consider that basketball teams are corporations, this is
> the most $ value they could get for the #1 pick regardless ofcompetitive
> balance. If he is even a halfway decent player, that makes it asmart
> business pick. If he's a Rik Smits type, he's the best 1st draftpick
> ever. If he's a superstar, even more so.work.
> Houston just picked up about 100 million fans. Not bad for a day's
> On Thu, 27 Jun 2002, HoopStudies wrote:
> > I have very mixed feelings, having never seen him do much more
> > shoot around, get stomped by the Americans in the Olympics, andsee
> > highlight reels.he's
> > I hate it when I read that a big guy is being looked at for his
> > little guy skills, which is what you hear about him. He certainly
> > works on his jump shot and ballhandling. From what I've seen,
> > pretty slow to release his j, which is not good, but made up forby
> > his height. I think if you plan on making him a perimeteroffensive
> > player (like a Bill Laimbeer), he has a pretty decent shot. Ireally
> > was not impressed with his low post stuff in the Olympics, thoughI
> > admittedly wasn't really looking too hard back then. He may betall,
> > but even the slightest bump can throw a big stick off down low.And
> > he's gonna get bumped a lot. Rik Smits showed a touch down loweven
> > with a bump. Ming hasn't shown that to me. If Houston puts himdown
> > low and expects him to be their low box scorer, they could be infor
> > a long wait and possible resistance from their #1 pick.he
> > Obviously, the guy is 7'5", so he is going to block shots, but is
> > going to be a defensive threat? Does he seal passing lanes?Does he
> > know how to come off his man to help on the inside? Olajuwon knewone
> > instinctively how to do that and I was always so impressed. No
> > is talking about Ming's D and that worries me. The rap onNowitzki
> > and Wang ZhiZhi has been D. Both of them are tall and were goodhe's
> > defenders where they came from. If Ming doesn't play D, his value
> > drops enormously.
> > Sitting on the outside, I never would have taken this guy first
> > except for the value others see in him. If he doesn't get used
> > right, he's going to fail -- I feel. But others did see him play
> > more. Others did work him out. They should know better.
> > DeanO
> > --- In APBR_analysis@y..., "alleyoop2" <alleyoop2@y...> wrote:
> > > I think he'll be quite good. He compares to Rik Smits because
> > > tall and can shoot, but he's an inch taller than Smits, weighs30
> > > pounds more and doesn't have foot problems. I don't think he's aas
> > > Shaq/Hakeem/Ewing type of talent, but I'd bet he'll be as good
> > > Brad Daugherty.http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --- In APBR_analysis@y..., Ed Weiland <weiland1029@y...> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Any thoughts on how good/bad this guy will turn out to
> > > > be?
> > > >
> > > > My guess is he'll do pretty well. His numbers in the
> > > > CBA suggest he was a dominant force in that league,
> > > > not just a very tall guy. Supposedly one of his
> > > > biggest weaknesses is a lack of strength and that's
> > > > something that can be fixed or at least improved on.
> > > >
> > > > Ed Weiland
> > > >
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- --- In APBR_analysis@y..., "airiverson01" <airiverson01@y...> wrote:
> what was his cba ft% and 3ptfg%?i
> also he did play in the olympics. i taped the usa v. china game.
> think he had two blocks a few points maybe and fouled out early inI've got boxes for at least 6 of his Olympic games. They're not the
> the second half. i think he will be maybe an all star someday, but
> probably not mvp or hof.
greatest format. I could post them if other people want to reformat
and repost in more useable format. Against the US, he had 5 pts, 2
blocks, and 5 fouls in 15 minutes. Wang Zhi-Zhi played a lot better
than Ming. The US shot 57% against the Chinese and won by 47. They
got 70 points in the paint. They got 22 points off second shots and
completely dominated the offensive boards. Part of Ming's problem
was that the guards could not get him the ball. On the defensive
side, I'm not sure what you can blame his problems on.