The Bucks and Rockets meet up tonight in Milwaukee in what is certainly an intriguing tilt. Not to anyone in the Lower 48 outside of Milwaukee or Houston mind you, but for the over 200 million who will watch the game live on Chinese Television.
Charles F. Gardner of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL reports the ratings for the November Yao Ming-Yi Jianlian NBA telecast in China: 200 million viewers. This broadcast, which will start at 8:30AM in China, is expected to draw even more.
Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak: “I look at it almost as the Chinese Super Bowl. Then we’ll have the American version of the Super Bowl the next night, which will be watched by about half as many people.”
The other Coach K. is dead-on. And we’ve already three-hundy on the “How many dunks with Andrew Bogut miss” prop.
In the first matchup, Yao had 28 points and 10 rebounds in the Rockets’ 104-88 triumph. Yi recorded 19 points and nine rebounds.
The matchup we’re really looking forward to: Yao and Yi on the Chinese National Team at the Bejing Olympics against the U.S.A. this summer.