khmrP wrote:how many national commericals have you seen out of Kobe vs. Durant?
And who is the bigger star? Which name is a household name even outside of basketball?
khmrP wrote: So no it doesn't require you to be on a big market to get you market across the nation. I wasn't using Lin/Yao and processing the chinese race card with Howard, its the fact that most chinese in China grew as wider audience and general fan of bball because of Yao and the ROCKETS.
No, it was because of Yao, the Rockets were simply the beneficiary. I don't have the numbers, but I'll put money down that when Lin was in New York his jersey numbers sky rocketed among the Asian demographic both within the United States and without.
It had NOTHING to do with Houston.
khmrP wrote:Now with Lin it will continue and Howard could easily piggy back that chinese influence that Hou has, in fact there was big inflex of chinese investment with Hou once Lin signed.
So piggy backing the popularity of a vastly inferior basketball player is going to equal or excel the opportunities to make money in LA as the bona-fide star of the Los Angeles Lakers?
khmrP wrote:So no Howard isnt chinese but neither is Kobe and he's the biggest star in China.
And of course, you nailed my argument on the head. If Houston is the Chinese market, then why is Kobe Bryant the number one seller over there from American basketball players? Why is that Kobe is known world wide and not Jeremy Lin? Why is that Kobe Bryant competes with Yao Ming in Yao's own country as far as sales go? You're vastly under estimating the LA market.
And that's not to say that Howard couldn't make money in Houston. Of course he could, it'd just be a lot less than what he'd make in LA.