First off, BD34 will be taking over the Wizards preview tomorrow. I hope you're as excited as I am for that.
I was incredibly upset that Allen didn't include any of my specific previews in the Best of TDS feature. I write some pretty awesome previews sometimes. So, I decided to go crazy, like comparing the Rockets starters to WWE superstars. Because why not?
Disclaimer: I'm just including WWF/WWE wrestlers since they're easier for the younger generation to relate to. So I apologize to the grizzled vets among us that watched the nWo and WCW. Those were some fun years, but Vince McMahon won. Also, I haven't followed wrestling very closely since early high school (basically until Rey Mysterio vs. JBL was the big ticket match). Therefore, my knowledge of wrestling ends just after the WWF turned into the WWE. I don't know much about CM Punk or Daniel Bryan.
Instead, I'll take you back to era that featured Triple H, the Undertaker, and the Dudley Boys.
So let's see how this goes.
No getting upset allowed.
Tip off is at 6:30pm CST
Point Guard: Jeremy Lin vs. Jeff Teague
You either love Lin or you hate him. There's some middle ground that I like to think I inhabit, but most of you seem to disagree.
Anyway, no one takes issue with Lin's off-the-court life. He seems like an incredibly respectful and kind young man. He gives back to the community and remembers his roots.
He was the easiest WWE match of the starters.
One of my favorite trivia facts: No one has participated in more "Make a Wish" wishes than John Cena. Love or hate the guy, that's pretty cool.
Shooting Guard: James Harden vs. Kyle Korver
Yes, Mark Henry is the easy choice here. But I don't always do the easy thing.
Now, James Harden may not be the greatest of all time, but he's sure been acting like it in recent second halves. I can totally see Harden walking out of halftime like a certain wrestler walked out at this entrance.
Small Forward: Chandler Parsons vs. DeMarre Carroll
Whenever he comes back, he helps the Rockets win. While everyone knows Harden and Howard as the superstars, real fans know how important he is to the team and go crazy when he comes back.
I've never seen a crowd go as crazy as this:
(via Izzy Helmsley)
Power Forward: Terrence Jones vs. Paul Millsap
Jones was the hardest Rocket to pick. I just can't get a read on him. He's young, tall, strong, athletic, and pretty much gives you the same effort from night to night. Plus, Jones isn't going to change his identity too much. There's lots of wrestlers I could choose, but most aren't superstars.
So I picked his exact opposite.
Center: Dwight Howard vs. Pero Antic
More hated than loved? Check.
Olympic Gold Medal? Check.
Very, very good? Check Check Check.
Rockets: Francisco Garcia, Omri Casspi, Aaron Brooks, Donatas Motiejunas, Greg Smith, Ronnie Brewer
Hawks: Shelvin Mack, Mike Scott, Elton Brand, Lou Williams
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