Initial D opens 2K8 SPR with post-season intensity
D-town is balling like the playoffs started last week
All right hands up. How many of you bet Initial D was gonna beat the Fury on Saturday? How about Booty Patrol beating House of Pain? How many? The same amount that bet the Giants were gonna win the Super Bowl. Damn near zero. If its any consolation to ya, I didn't bet on the Booty Pats either... or Initial D. But its a brave new league and just like in football, it don't matter what you done before or what you look like on paper. You still gotta play the game. Peep the rankings! -- C.B. Lee
FBNYC 2K8 SPRING Power Rankings - Week 1 (2.09.08)
I'll admit I didn't know how INI was gonna come out against the hype of the Fury Grey, but they laid down playoff-level intensity on opening day. That's good enough to hold serve.
The Gunners have no shortage of skill players. Transition game looked a little sloppy in Game 1, but it also looked real tough to stop. More fine tuning and it'll be impossible. (F) Rob Chanthavongsa will thrive.
Captain (F) Brian Shim has surrounded his new point (G) Alex Cho with finishers. A backcourt of Cho and (G) Eupil Muhn will be tough in halfcourt style games. (F) Kaivan Khoshroo looked pretty good in his debut.
How does a team with no games played hold a no. 4 ranking? When they have a frontcourt of (F) Chris Youn, (F) Min Park and (C) Harry Lee. When they're actually healthy enough to play is the real question.
Chemistry is a helluva thing. NFG is an "A" league team on paper, but paper ain't got backbone. They're still dangerous, the kind that wins on talent alone and if they come together on some Voltron shit, watch out.
Joes are looking to move up as soon as they get their season opener. (F) Jon Chen is finally gettin' the frontcourt he's been dreaming about.
The veteran 1-ers will be angling for the playoffs. They still got key players coming back from injury and they're tryin' to find some way to bring (F) Simon "Space Ghost" Yuan out of semi-retirement.
Captain (F) Young Yu was on the back-end of a double-header and (G) Kevin Park was not his usual bad motherfuckin' self but do both these guys need to be on top of their game for HOP to win? Yep.
Observations... the great ones can do it even after puking... Alex Cho's very first nickname is "The Shaman" 'cause he brings the rain... more to come... Rob Chanthavongsa's new nom de plume is "Racer X"... what I can't learn new words? ...K.J. says his "Gone Fishin'" award this week goes to Carson "Black Rage" Yiu... 0 points, 4 flops... 18-1... 18-1... 18-1... there's always next season... suckers.
2K8 SPR Players of the Week (Wk 1)
Alex Cho (BTP) G | 5-10 | 160 lbs Weeks 1 Stats PPG: 14.0 APG: 6.0 SPG: 3.0
Cho's debut for his new squad, Booty Patrol, was the kind that shakes the league. With plenty of scoring options to feed and a smooth and streaky jump-shot of his own, the former FML suddenly looks like it could be an offensive powerhouse.
Rob Chanth. (RNG) F | 6-0 | 170 lbs Week 1 Stats PPG: 18.0 RPG: 7.0 FG%: .612
Another outstanding debut for a an impact free agent on a new team. 2K7 Fall's Outstanding Rookie runner-up is once again an instant rotation player for the fast-paced Ronin Gun. They have the shooters, "RC-23" will provide the slashing.
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House of Pain (35) vs. Booty Patrol (53) recap Player of the Game Alex Cho (BTP) 14 pts, 4 rebs, 6 asts, 3 stls
NYC Fury Grey (38) vs. Initial D (47) recap Player of the Game John Park (INI) 13 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts
PS1 (45) vs. Ronin Gun (56) recap Player of the Game Rob Chanthavongsa (RNG) 18 pts, 7 rebs
Up yours, New England.
FBNYC 2K8 Spring Season Preview
"Scoop" Jack Sun, 1.29.08
Remember these guys? Maybe not. They haven't been around since 2K6 FALL. But they're back... it ain't the same team, but half the squad has returned to lay claim and word on the street is they've picked up a sharpshooter to replace "A" league gunner (F) Roger Redhead. But this squad is just part of the story.
FB is doin' it big this season and it's about time this league got more official. House of Pain is back. Average Joes are back. PS1 is back. Reservoir Dogs are back. And yep, you guessed it, Initial D is back.
D-town is looking to put it down now that the mighty RTS is outta the mix... that's right... RTS is out in the most competitive league since the combined league in '06. Rumor has it, RTS will be back in the Fall when Peter Lee makes his return... what?! Never mind that, for the first time in three seasons, FBNYC is gonna have a new Champ. Who's it gonna be? "Scoop" Jack Sun has got your season preview right here, and since I know you all been feenin' for this like Amy Winehouse in a Mexican pharmacy, I'm gonna pass it on... -- C.B. Lee
INI's defensive front-court is back. Add MIP (F) Dave Kim to the mix? Bananas.
Everyone knows the ORC begins and ends with D-Town, USA. INITIAL D (INI) has re-upped with past stars (F) Ocean Hong and (F) Allen Cho. These two bigs will handle the rebounding, interior defense, and low-post scoring. Also returning to INI is (G) Austin Han. With Han, (G) John Park and Fall 2K7 MVP (G) Joe Son in the backcourt, this team is loaded with weapons galore (and nicknames aplenty); and they've played together so long, chemistry is not an issue. They are the clear-cut favorites to finally win the Chip, even in a vastly improved league.
I'm making a case here that the ORC is now the POWER conference of FBNYC "B" league. Re-joining the ORC is NYC FURY B (NFB), a team led by perennial "B" All-Star (C) Rich Chang. With a roster that includes legitimate size in (F) Andrew Deleon, (F) Jason Chan and (G) Carson Yiu, this team is surely a team to watch and an early favorite. They have lots of size and chemistry to boot.
THE AVERAGE JOES (TAJ) should re-name their team "the Above Average, and considerably larger Joes." Captain (G) Jason Chien has added (C) Manfred Mui from the Fall 2K7 FBNYC regular-season undefeated Reign to a frontcourt that already features (C) Mark Kiang and All-FBNYC (F) Jonathan Chen. Chien has also re-signed former teammate (C) Jae Kang Kim from the now-disbanded upstart squad, Superbad. Add returning (G) Bernie Lin to this mix and you have one very formidable team poised to make a run at the Chip. Even with a team this stacked, I still can't put them above D-Town or Fury, the league is that strong. And if they don't win it all, Jon Chen still has the best thumbnail in the league. ESL changed his life.
Last season's FA team, G.O.D. made a surprising run to the Chip and went toe-to-toe with eventual Champion RTS. This season, the FA team loses Rich Chang to Fury B, Austin Han to INI, and the former PS1-ers back to PS1 in the OCC. Captain (G) Ren Hsieh, however, boasts a team that has arguably more talent.The as of yet unnamed FREE AGENT SQUAD (TBD) has picked up (F) Mike Blanchard and (G) Rich Chu from the defunct Reign; not to mention former INI (G) Rob Chanthavongsa and veteran (G) D.Q. Li - a fiery floor leader who will help run the offense which may allow Hsieh to freelance and focus on scoring (when he's most dangerous anyway).
Also throw streak shooter (F) Johnny Lam into the mix, a FBNYC vet and former Hsieh and Chu teammate and they have a squad that can run AND gun. Seems to be a formula Hsieh likes. Even if they have no real size. (F) Duke Hogwild also returns to play defense and dial long distance. They'll need him to average more than his 3,2 career rebounds per game.
No Reign, no RTS... no problem. OCC powerhouse PS1 returns. But I'm annointing the RESERVOIR DOGS(RVD) the favorites to win the OCC with their free agent additions of (F) Chris Youn and (F) Min Park. Youn dominates in the B league with his size, agility and rebounding. He's the only player in FBNYC "B" history to record a triple double, he can pass and has range out to the 3 point line. Add Park to that mix and you have another double-double machine.
(C) Harry Lee is also on the roster, but still hasn't fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered last season. He may be available by mid-season. They are the team to beat in the OCC despite the 1-7 record last season.
HOUSE OF PAIN (HOP) is always a contender. We don't know much about their roster so far, but it is expected to include their All-FBNYC backcourt (G) Kevin Park and (G) Young Yu. If the supporting cast of (F) Drew Chen, (G) Brent Morita and (F) Jeff Tu return, expect captain (F) Bobby Kwak's team to be another legitimate contender. KP3 and Butter are legitimate MVP candidates every season, but they may have yet to prove they can succeed together.
Welcome back, PS1... we missed you. Now try to hang.
The scrappy PS1(PS1)... led by All-FBNYC (G) Will Lee, PS1 dominated the 2K7 SUM Season, only to fall short in the playoffs to RTS (sound like a familiar story?). But the strength of the competition has improved dramatically from then. (C) Alvin Wang returns to provide presence in the middle, but he is returning also from a knee injury and may be rusty to start. Lee is also recovering from injury (broken hand) and their other star (F) Simon Yuan is currently nowhere to be found on their roster.
Solid and regular contributors (F) Nick Scuola, (G) Paul Shen and (F) Allan Fajardo return, but questions abound. But there's no doubt, this under-sized squad always steps out to compete.
BOOTY PATROL (BTP) formerly known as Filthy McLovin last season was the Chris Youn show, supported by the occasional appearances by (G) Eupil Muhn and (F) Brian Shim. Youn has moved on to bigger things, signing with Base promoters RVD. Booty Patrol, though, has responded with two major signings of their own, adding former JerseyRack marksman (F) Alex Cho and two-time All-Star (F) Brian Sun. They have enough talent, but can they mesh. We'll see. This season, the "B" in "B" league is kind of a misnomer, it should be the "A minus" league. See you at MLK HS. FBNYC... where guys in street clothes and loafers win 3 point shooting competitions. -- "Scoop" Jack Sun
Charles Bok Lee's Pre-Season Rankings 1.) INI: The D is back. 2.) NFB: Bigger than the Dogs. 3.) RVD: Enough b-balls to go around? Maybe. 4.) HOP: Butter or KP3? Who's the man? 5.) TBD: Better than you think. Speed kills. 6.) TAJ: Vets will make run in playoffs. 7.) PS1: Ditto above. 8.) FML: Very capable of some big upsets
"Scoop" Jack Sun's Pre-Season Rankings 1.) INI: Messiah, Punisher... and the Muscle. 2.) NFB: Who's handling the rock, though? 3.) RVD: Every tried to eat a 32 oz. burger? 4.) TAJ: Wily vets will get 'er done. 5.) HOP: KP3, YY and... who else? 6.) PS1: Scrap only gets you so far. 7.) TBD: No size, no deal. 8.) FML: Could go 2-8, could go 8-2.
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