Messing With Texas

If I were a Houston Rockets fan, I wouldn't be very happy to hear Yao Ming assuring Chinese fans he'll be ready for the olympics. Yao's become a fantastic player, but also clearly a pretty fragile one.

Meanwhile, eighteen in a row! I'll be rooting for whoever comes out of the West (probably Lakers or Spurs) against the evil Celtics, but Houston's definitely my sentimental favorite in the Western. What's more, a schedule of New Jersey at home, Atlanta on the road, and Charlotte at home with no back-to-backs makes a 21 game streak seem plausible.