Basketball is one of the most popular and action-packed games in the world, and people all over the globe love to both play and watch basketball. Nothing compares to seeing the game played live and in person, though, by some of the best professional and amateur players. There are many opportunities for basketball fans to see some great hoops action this year.
The National Basketball Association is the premier basketball league in the entire world and features some of the most impressive athletes known to man. Each season the NBA schedule is packed to the brim with exciting matchups that any basketball fan would love to see in person. The 2018-19 season is no different, as there are a bevy of games in which the top teams and players in the league are matched up with one another, making for another great season for NBA fans to enjoy. Each team's 82-game regular season schedule features loads of fantastic matchups for the fans to enjoy. Then, once the playoffs get rolling fans can see the best players and the best teams lock horns on the hardwood. The culmination of it all is the NBA Finals, where the NBA Champion of the 2018-19 season will be crowned.
As for college hoops, fans will be clamoring to get into the arena to see some of the top teams from the best conferences in the country go head-to-head in matchups throughout the season. Of course, many fans are simply waiting for the NCAA Tournament, also known as March Madness, which is the main event of the college hoops season. The NCAA Tournament is quite possibly the most exciting sporting event in the world, with more than 60 teams from all over the country vying for the National Championship. It's win or go home in March Madness, and that's what makes every game so great and intense. The Cinderella stories and surprise knockouts are the calling cards of the early round of the tournament, and when it gets down to the Final Four on Saturday, April 1st fans lucky enough to be in the building will see some of the top college basketball teams in the entire nation go head-to-head in the name of school pride in their quest for the NCAA National Championship.
Basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891, and his rules remain the foundation on which the modern game is built. The game infiltrated high school athletics in the latter part of the 1890s and colleges started forming teams just after the turn of the century. The first pro league, the National Basketball League, was formed in 1898, but lasted only a half of a decade. The National Basketball Association was founded in 1946 and has grown into a 30-team league that is one of the most successful pro sports league in the world. The league received some serious competition from the American Basketball Association in the 1970s, and the two leagues merged in 1976 to form a more modern version of the NBA. The NBA has continued to expand with new teams and move teams to new cities to this day. The Boston Celtics hold the record for most NBA Championships with 17, and are closely followed by the Los Angeles Lakers, who have 16 in their illustrious history.
Life as a Fan
Basketball is a great game that holds a special place in the hearts of many a sports fan around the country. Fans of the National Basketball Association have 41 opportunities per season to see their favorite team hit their home court each season, and college hoops fans are treated with a multitude of big games to attend every season before it gets down to March Madness. Seeing a game in person is an experience that simply can't be replicated by watching the contest on TV, which is why the biggest basketball fans head out to the arena on a regular basis to see their favorite team hit the hardwood.
Introducing New Fans
The game of basketball is an easy one to grasp as a new fan, as the rules are pretty simple. The pace of the game is one that keeps the action moving at all times, which makes for a fun fan experience. As you learn the nuances of the game, though, you'll see that there are deeper levels to strategy and schemes that you never thought possible. The NBA features some incredible players right now, and many fans think this is one of the best eras for talent that the league has ever seen. It's a great time to be an NBA fan; there's no denying that, and the college game remains as exciting as ever.
When you head to the arena for a big game of the National Basketball Association or NCAA basketball, be ready to see some of the most gifted athletes in the world running up and down the court in an athletic display that will leave your jaw on the floor. Seeing a game from the stands is an incredible experience that will impress and inspire you at the same time.
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