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SBD/February 17, 2012/Franchises
NBA Franchise Notes: Johnson Confident Sacramento Will Keep Kings
Published February 17, 2012
BUILDING EARLY BUZZ: In Milwaukee, Don Walker noted although the Knicks will not visit the Bucks until March 9, Bucks VP/Business Operations John Steinmiller said that there has been a "boomlet in ticket sales for the game over the past couple of days" in part due to the emergence of Knicks G Jeremy Lin. Steinmiller said that a "couple of hundred tickets were sold." He added that it was "a little unusual for a ticket spike like that for a game a few weeks away" (JSONLINE.com, 2/16).
BEHIND ENEMY LINES: In Toronto, Steve Buffery wrote under the header, "Quit Cheering The Enemy." Buffery: "If I’m Jose Calderon and the Toronto Raptors, I’m not at all happy with the excessive cheering for Jeremy Lin at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night." It is a "shame that Toronto fans, while loyal and enthusiastic, are so fluffy." Buffery wrote, "Do you think those Lin supporters would get away with their sis-boom-bah act in places like Philadelphia? No one wants violence at a basketball game, but, frankly, there has to be some sort of intimidation factor in your home barn" (TORONTO SUN, 2/15). Tuesday was Asian Heritage Night, and Lin said, “Half the crowd would go crazy when we scored, the other half would go crazy when they scored” ("Boomer & Carton," WFAN-AM, 2/16).
TWITTER ME THIS: In S.F., Rusty Simmons notes about 500 fans got to hear Warriors G Stephen Curry's "direct responses" to questions after Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers as part of the team's "Tweetup Night." Participating fans received an "exclusive Q&A session, a Twitter-inspired T-shirt and designated tickets to the game." The event was the Warriors' "latest promotion using Twitter to engage fans and reward followers with exclusive opportunities" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/17).