When the NBA released its national TV schedule this fall, the Houston Rockets joined four other teams deemed not worthy of an appearance on ESPN, ABC, or TNT. The Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City were each slated for one national TV appearance. The omission was understandable at the time. The NBA and its partnering networks still sell stars, and with Yao Ming out for the season and Tracy McGrady's return uncertain, the Rockets presumably employed none. Of the four other teams shafted, the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings played their way onto ESPN. The 2-29 New Jersey Nets and road-challenged Charlotte Bobcats have done nothing to help their cases for a country-wide showing. The four-letter network decided to pick up a Friday Bucks-Thunder match-up in Oklahoma Cit ...
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