Author: John Krolik

The Haier Shooting Stars Competition

The wait is over: NBA announces Shooting Stars lineup


Here are the lineups for the NBA’s “Shooting Stars” competition, which involves a player from an NBA team, a WNBA team, and a retired NBA player from the same city shooting from various spots in the floor and competing against other cities. It takes place on All-Star Saturday. Here are the lineups:

Orlando: Jameer Nelson, Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Dennis Scott

Atlanta: Joe Johnson, Lindsay Harding, Steve Smith

New York: Landry “not Jeremy Lin” Fields, Cappie Pondexter, Allan Houston

Texas, which is being counted as one city this year for some reason: Chandler Parsons (who is from the Orlando area but is bad at shooting a basketball), Sophia Young, Kenny Smith

NBA All-Star Saturday takes place one week from tomorrow.

Nets to slash ticket prices when Dwight Howard comes to town, for they are desperate

Dwight Howard

When something from your team’s PR department ends up on Deadspin, it’s generally not a good thing. This marketing ploy from the New Jersey Nets caught the eye of Deadspin’s Jack Dickey today (emphasis Deadspin’s):

On February 22, your NETS will face off against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. For this one night only the NETS are discounting tickets in the Loud & Proud section to $12! We need YOU there to rock The Rock and give your NETS a true home court advantage!

How to Purchase Tickets:
Tickets are just $12!
Tickets available ONLY at Prudential Center Box Office beginning at 11AM day of game
12 ticket limit
Fans buying tickets must be wearing NETS apparel to show they are loud and proud!
PLUS, the first 2,500 fans to arrive at Prudential Center will receive a free ticket voucher to a future NETS home game.

Not the most subtle move from Prokhorov and Co. Not only are they slashing prices on the night when the one player who could entice Deron Williams to stay and prevent the Nets from going completely to ruins, but by slicing prices to Howard’s jersey number, the team is basically saying “COME AND CHEER FOR DWIGHT HOWARD WE NEED HIM QUITE BADLY.” Well, I guess nothing could be worse than the reversible jersey ploy of 2009, right?

Time Warner Cable and MSG end long standoff, allowing all of New York to watch Jeremy Lin

Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

From the twitter account of the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir:

It’s over. MSG-TWC standoff over.

Time Warner Cable, which provides basic cable service to a large portion of New York City, had not been able to agree on a “subscription fee” (the money that goes to each channel when you pay for basic cable every month — networks without live sports almost all “cost” well under 50 cents per month, while networks with live sports generally cost a few dollars per month) with Madison Square Garden Network, which has deals with the Knicks, the Rangers, the Islanders, the Devils, and several other teams in the Tri-State Area.

The factors that go into a deal like this are generally quite complex, due to the sheer dollar amounts involved, and this deal will reportedly be in place for quite a few years, so it’s almost impossible to point to one single factor and say that it was what caused the deal to be completed. That said, we are giving Jeremy Lin full credit for getting this deal completed, and Sandomir did tweet that Lin’s spectacular emergence may have expedited the negotiations between MSG and Time Warner:

Let’s just say that many more people took notice of the impasse because of Jeremy Lin

So there you have it. New York, you shall be watching Jeremy Lin live on basic cable tonight. Enjoy.