The NBA is probably the best basketball league there is in the world maybe because it's one of the biggest sports in America and everyone that wants play works hard to play in the best league. I have been watching the NBA for about 5 years now. And I can't wait when summer is over because I know that the NBA season is just round the corner. The skill that these players have is amazing, when I play with my mates where always trying to copy Iverson's crossover or tony parkers up and under, or if we lower the net jam it like Jordan. I was a bit too young to see Michael Jordan play but he's probably the big reason I started playing and watching the game. Ever since space jam came out I must have seen the film 20 times in past couple of years I don't care how old I am. Lol.
The NBA is made up of 30 teams. There are two conferences the Western conference and Eastern conference, maybe because America is so big. Each conference has 3 leagues each league has 5 teams.
Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors.
Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks.
Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards.
Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz.
Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings.
Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs.
I think it's a great idea that any city or man with a team can join the league at any time, because is the late forties the NBA was established there were only 8 team to begin with, out of that 8 only the New York Nicks and the Boston Celtics have remained in the same city.
The 40's and 50's- In 1946 the NBA was founded. When they were first found there was not a professional league, but some people had try to establish one, but failed. It wasn't till 1949 that the BAA agreed to merge with the NBL to form a new league as we all know the NBA. In 1959, Wilt Chamberlin was drafted and he set many records. This brought in many new rules including goal tending and 24 seconds shot clock. I don't think the NBA really started until 1984, when Michael Jordan was drafted into the NBA. Michael is probably known as the best basketball player ever. He brought basketball to a whole new level, making crazy dunks all the time. But that's not what he always did, he was also known for one of the best outside shooters. On top of that, he was also great on defense. That's why from 1990-1993, he Scottie Pippin and the rest of the Chicago bulls won there first three-pea. Jordan would retire that season to play baseball for a couple of season only to return for another three years. They said that when he returned that basketball merchandise rose 200% in sales. Also for them three years he won another three titles. In my mind I do see him as one of, if not the best player of all time and made NBA what its today.
Half way through the season they have an All-Star game, where you can actually vote for any player and the player with most votes from each conference, go to a chosen city to participate in all-star weekend. Where they have a dunk contest - This where they see who can perform the best dunks. And three point contest, skills challenge, etc. they also raise money for many different charities. Which I think is great where all the best player come together for your personal benefits. But there also player for good causes as well.
At the moment the play-offs are in there final stage and it's between the Lakers and Orlando. The play-offs are 8 of the best teams from each league play each other in a best of 7 series (first to 4). This means that even if you do win the most games in the season doesn't mean your going to win the NBA play-offs, its sort of like the rugby league play-offs but much bigger.
Through the play-offs awards are given to player that has performed the best of the regular season in different categories. These awards are-
MVP (Most valuable player), this award is given to a player that has performed the best over the year.
Rookie of the year. For the best rookie
Defensive player of the year. For the best defender.
Most improved, 6th man, there are many more awards for thing like best points scorer, etc.
To some up I think that watching the NBA is best thing I have done because most people think basketball is just put a ball through a hoop, but if you watch one game yourself you will see how difficult it is. And that it is a sport and they do play to entertain us. But you can see how hard they work to try and become the best there is.
I have been a fan of the NBA for about 15 years now but In the last 10 years I have become an even bigger fan after learning more about the game. Here is my review of the best Basketball league in the world.
The NBA at the start
The NBA was started in 1949 when The Basketball Association of America changed their name to The National Basketball Association. In the first season Minneapolis Lakers led by George Mikan won the first NBA championship as it was named. The Lakers beat Syracuse in the NBA Final.
Over the years there have been many changes to the NBA. In the early 50's the NBA was near collapse due to the fact that teams would get a big lead and then time waste just holding the ball and not trying to score.
This really put off fans and the NBA introduced a shot clock in the 1954-1955 season. This shot clock meant that you needed to take a shot within 24 seconds otherwise you would concede possesion of the ball. This drastically changed the game for the better as points averages were up by 13 on the previous season. And Boston Celtics became the first team to average 100 per game over the season.
Another big change in the NBA is when the three point line was introduced in 1979. This was to encourage higher scoring and to make a shot from futher out more points. In the NBA, the arc is 23 feet, 9 inches (7.23 m) from the basket, but near the sidelines, three-point line is straight and parallel to the sideline in order to allow room between the three-point line and the sideline. Hence, the distance varies near the sidelines; it is 22 feet (6.71 m) at its closest point in the corner.
It has made the NBA more exciting and there have been many great three point shots in NBA history that have charged key runs in the regular season and Playoffs.
Why I like the NBA
There are so many great players who are amazing dunkers and some of the games are so exciting due to the quality of the teams. Most teams now has two great players who can take over a game with scoring or a fired up block.
Great Players of the past
There have been many great players in the History of the NBA and they have been legends in various different styles of play. Here are some of my favourite players of all time.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar 7'2 Los Angeles Lakers Centre
He was Los Angeles Lakers Centre when they had many great battles during the 1980's with Boston Celtics. He is the highest scoring player of all-time with 38,387 points with an average of 24.6 points per game. He was one of the fittest players of his time and developed a signature shot called the ''Sky Hook'' He was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in 1969 and was traded to LA in 1975.
Michael Jordan 6'6 Chicago Bulls Shooting Guard
This player is regarded by many in the game to be the greatest of all time and I wouldnt disagree with that at the moment. He is tied with Wilt Chaimberlain at 30.1 points per game for highest PPG in history. He posessed tremendous athletic ability with a superb basketball brain and was known for his amazing dunks and amazing clutch shots. He finished third in the NBA with 32,292 points in his career. He took the Bulls to six NBA championships.
Larry Bird 6'9 Boston Celtics Small/Power Forward
Larry Bird shares his birthday with me, 7th December. He was a tremendously hard working player who had an amazing ability to score, rebound, hustle and pass. He had so many great battles with Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs. He is now the President of his hometown Indiana Pacers.
Magic Johnson 6'9 Los Angeles Lakers Point Guard
With his 6'9 frame you would be forgiven for thinking he was a Forward. However He is the tallest Point Guard in NBA history. He averaged an amazing 11.2 assists per game for his career and was a member of the Lakers teams of the 80's who had many great battles with Boston Celtics. He is HIV positive and has done some TV work since retiring.
Oscar Robertson 6'5 Cincinatti, Milwaukee Bucks Guard
Unfortunately I have never seen any footage of this player in action. But people around then told what a good player he was. Robertson put up in 1961-62, just his second year in the league: 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game-an average of a triple-double for an entire season. That is an incredible acheivement tha still hasnt been done by anyone else.
Great Players Now
Kobe Bryant 6'7 LA Lakers Shooting Guard
Kobe has been with Lakers ever since he was traded straight after he was drafted by Charlotte Hornets. He entered the NBA at 17 and when he made his debut aged 18 he was the youngest player ever to play in the NBA. Since passed by LeBron James. He is now the Lakers leader after winning three titles with Shaquille O'Neal. He is known as an unbelievable scorer who can score in so many ways. He should have won the MVP award last season after posting a career high 35.4 Points per game but lost out to Steve Nash.
Dwayne Wade 6'4 Miami Heat Shooting Guard
Wade is now Shaquille O'Neal's team mate after the Former Laker was traded to Miami three years ago. Wade is an amazing passer who also has an amazing ability to get to the basket with explosive jams and circus shots, still managing to make a shot when being fouled hard. He won the NBA finals MVP last season leading the Heat to the NBA championship against Dallas.
Steve Nash 6'3 Phoenix Point Guard
After leaving his best friend Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas he has won the Regular season MVP the last two seasons and is one of the favourites to win this season.
He is averaging over 11 assists this season and is considered a quartback for his tremendous ability to find team mates. With the likes of Shawn Marion, Amare Stoudemire and Leandro Barbosa he is bound to make assists.
Tracy McGrady 6'8 Houston Rockets Small Forward
McGrady has been suffering with a back injury throught the last couple of seasons but he has still shown what he is about, great scoring and hustle ability but he has also improved his passing and is averaging a career high 6 assists per game.
He once led Houston Rockets to beat San Antonio Spurs after scoring an amazing 13 points in the final 33 seconds of the game.
LeBron James 6'8 Cleveland Cavaliers Small Forward
LeBron entered the NBA with a tremendous reputation after entering straight from high school. he combines a thunderous dunking ability with a superb all round game and a great will to win. He could be one of the best of all-time.
The NBA is the best Basketbal league in the world and there are so many great foreign players coming through now with the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobili and Mehmet Okur having great seasons.
The Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timerwolves are coming over to London before the start of next season to play an exhibition game at the new O2 Arena as part of NBA europe live. I'm going to get tickets even though my team arent playing.
At the tender age of 23 KOBE BRYANT has 3 championship rings yes 3 championship rings i believe that he is the youngest ever player to achieve this. there is no doubt about his natural ability and pure skill which lets face it can't be taught. The question is will he be the best ever player to step foot on to the NBA circuit my opinion is that he will be without dobut but it does help to see that if he ever gets into trouble he can always go to the low post and hit shaq. so many people say that you can only tell how good he is when the lakers don't have shaq on the floor ! note when shaq was rested due to his toe the lakers won 67% of there games at home and on the road although the season average is 73% with shaq over the regular season, keep in mind without shaq the lakers have no real center mainly using walker and he is at best a half decent power forward . Already he is being compared with the great MJ and KOBE is yet to peak by a long way with magic johnson claiming that KOBE could at least win 11 championship rings and set an all time record ! Will he be the best ever i believe he will be if he keeps his drive to win and not get too settled with what he has already achieved.
Call me a fool, but I think that Hornets will win the NBA this season. Hornets are really one of the most talented teams, but they are also able to loose against the worst team of the league. Mad boys, mad team, but a great one. Actually only fourth in the central division the Hornets are the most dangerous team back in the pack, as they've struggled all season to get over .500, but with Jamal Mashburn, David Wesley and George Lynch all healthy, they could run into the top four. Baron Davis is probably one of the most powerful players of the NBA. After defeating Boston and New Jersey, they lost on March 3 with a 81-83 score against Detroit and will play five important game the next week at Sacramento, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle and then hosting Utah Jazz. I'll be not surprised if they will take a win streak! Obviously I'll put some money on Charlotte for the next five games.
The return of Michael Jordan to the NBA has been the root of controversy. Michael Jordan had a glorious career with the Chicago Bulls, and retired as one of the greatest players to ever have played the game (the first time). After his comeback, Jordan was touted by many as possibly the greatest ever. Jordan, the clutchman at the two also known as the shooting guard position, has proven both his offensive and defensive superiority. Jordan Facts ----------------- Jordan began playing the game in high school where he was a multisport athlete. Jordan's first experience with basketball was on the high school team, and didn't make the varsity squad until late in his career. At the time, he was heralded as a baseball star. The future superstar went off to college at North Carolina, and led the Tar Heels to a national championship. This is when his true flair for the game began to shine through. Jordan was drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and the team went on to become the dynasty we've all heard about. Jordan won 5 MVP titles in his career along with 7 scoring titles. This is not a shabby number. Jordan Now -------------- Jordan is now 38 years old. As he is reinstated, he will be one of the oldest players in the game at one of the positions with many young players. He will be competing against the likes of today's superstars in Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and Allen Iverson who have youth and agility on their side. Also on their side is a new style of the game. Jordan defined the game of finese; however, the slash and dash game of fellows such as Iverson cannot be ignored. So too, how will Jordan play against the teams in the west where the game is not run by the guards, but controlled by the big men? Jordan's Return ----------------- Jordan is returning to find an old fire and to save his image. Jordan owned a minority portion of the team he is to play for. He was quoted sa
ying some pretty horrible things about that team over the past year. Also, in agreeing to play, he has gone against his statement that he would play for no one other than Phil Jackson. Jordan will not be the Jordan of old. His play will be a step slower than the younger members of the league. He may not even be selected for the All Star team. When one of the greatest players to ever lived chooses not to let his memory be of his spectacular play in the past, he is leaving room for those who believe that others before him have been better to criticize his play. Why should a man who created a style of play of his own, made amazing plays no other human could make, and spawned the phrase uttered by many American children - "I wanna be like Mike." return to the league? I hope Michael's return will not hinder his legend. Update 22/10/01 ----------------------- Michael scored 41 in a loss to the Nets. Maybe his form will return as his scoring has continued to progress with the preseason. The game before he scored 24 versus Detroit. If he returns to his old form, it will be interesting to see how long he can maintain it for.
This is a really great game!! The moment I saw my cousins play three on three on a half-court I knew that this game is my game. The rules are simple and fair. This game has become international, almost all countries know how to play this game. The most important association in basketball is the NBA which is a competition between states in the United States Of America. Another association I know is the FLB which is a competition between different clubs in Lebanon. Now there is many championships for this game such as the Asian cup, McDonalds cup, the Arabian cup, and even the world cup which is going to be in Indianapolis next year. The rules are simple, some are not to dribble the ball with two hands, another is not to use your feet or shoot the ball, a very important rule is not to hit or foul your opponents because if you get five fouls, or six in some countries, you’ll get out of the game. To get the points you should score the basketball into the hoop. You can get either one, two, or three points depending on the place you are shooting from. If you were fouled and you get a free shot, you’ll take one point if you score. If you score a shot inside the three-point line you’ll get two points. And finally if you score outside the three-point line, you’ll get three points. The court is not big and usually it is made of a certain kind of wood. While the rings are made of plastic usually or metal. This is really a great game and I didn’t tell you all the rules but if you want to do the right thing just learn how to play the game.
I have been following Basketball for about 6 years. And for the first few months I wanted to be like Mike (Jordan that is) but after a while I realised that he gets way too much press. I would buy a Basketball Magazine every month and each month there would be 2 posters of Mike as well as a 15 page interview with Mike and also what other people think of Mike and Mike's Magic Moments. It got to the point that basically this mag was about Mike and no one eles! Now he has retired and even still he gets mentioned every once and a while. What really annoyed me was that there was so much talent out there that were not getting the recognition that they deserve. My fave is Latrell Sprewell. He owns. He plays for the Knicks. He is a superb all rounder with a killing dunk ability. Jordan scored many points, but Latrell hurts you when he scores. Not phisically but mentally. He lets you know That he owns your butt cheeks. Do not mess with him our he will knock you out.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sure, basketball has its slam dunks, alley-oops, behind the back passes, and high arcing three-pointers, but do these fleeting moments of athletic brilliance constitute an exciting sport? No. You see, the lead constantly changes in basketball. Sometimes one team is hot and all of their shots are going in, and then they get cold and the other team gets hot. There are dozens of scoring runs and lead changes. If one were to watch the first two minutes and the final two minutes of a ballgame, then one would have seen a concise summary of the entire game. There are no stories, no plays that set up anything else later on like in football or baseball or hockey. Just watch those first two minutes and the last two minutes and you have it all. There is no team play in basketball, especially American basketball. There are just a bunch of individuals thrown together on a court with every player going one-on-one, trying to make the spectacular play that will get him on the highlight reel. Whatever happened to setting screens or finding the open man or running a complex play? The only play anyone ever runs anymore is "isolation" where all the players clear to one side of the court leaving two on the other side to go one-on-one. I'm saddened by the current state of basketball. I wish that it would be more team-oriented and that players would work to develop their skills instead of relying on their natural talent so much. One of the reasons why Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson were so great was that they worked hard to perfect their moves so that they were beating their opponents with their minds as well as their athletic prowess. They were also team players and didn't try to score every point themselves. I wish we could go back to basketball the way it used to be, but I suppose that that is no longer possible in a me-oriented society.
I think that n.b.a. is one of the best sports ever!I support detroit pistons but they are not doing so well at the minute i will now mention some teams of the nba. 1.L.A.Lakers 2.Detroit Pistons 3.Miami Heat 4.Sacrament Kings 5.Atlanta Hawks 6.Chicago Bulls and many amny more... It also gets you very fit and i think it is sly the way that it is not much on t.v here and all the good teams are in america.I know there is not many people out there in the uk who like basketball but i gaurantee you whenever you have a go at this sport you will really like it.
We know they are the NBA champions, but are they actually playing like champions? They have the worlds best players, but why do they lose so many games? Players like 1999-2000 season MVP - 'Shaq O'Neal' and the wonderful speed and talent of the one the only - 'Kobe Bryant', not to mention their coach, the man behind probably the greatest player of the game known to man, yep, youve quessed it Phil Jackson. But why the losses? This team is capable of whipping the hell out of all the other teams inside the NBA. What are they playing at? - NETBALL? Come on, a team like this should carry on with the season the way they left it as champions! Hopefully this is just a not so good start for the NBA's leaders. Still through the NBA season, the team has still dominated by the two main men, Shaq & Kobe. Phil Jackson has picked a basketball team, but not a two man team! Lately, the man behind the once fantastic 'Chicago Bulls' and talents like those of 'Micheal Jordan' and 'Scottie Pippen' does not seem to live up to what he once had. The offence is not working, teams are narrowing down 'Kobe and Shaq'. Three men, who are not actually superstars, cannot run the court! And their defence is just as bad, they need to all stop those baskets, if they are to continue their title and return the crown back to Hollywood. Being an Lakers fan, i still have hope in the team of continuing with their victories and hope they continue for a second year. But the bottom line is if they continue to disapoint some fans, as well as themselves. perhaps the final victory is not to be?...PICK YOURSELVES UP FROM LAST SEASON LADS - YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
Basketball is the most popular sport in America and will continue to be for many years to come. The N.B.A (National Basketball Association) is the main league in the U.S and is divided into two leagues- the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. At the end of the season, the four highest- finishing teams in the Conferences are entered into the Playoffs. These matches are played over four matches, twice at both of the teams stadiums. Basketball does not gain the coverage that it deserves. Until recently the only airing of basketball was on a Saturday program on C4, but even that has been stopped. I have not seen the NBA recently, but there have been a lot of changes recently. The 10 year domination of the Chicago Bulls has abruptly ended and they even managed to finish last in the Eastern Conference last year. On the other hand, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves have emerged as the teams to beat. I would consider the best team in the NBA to be the Los Angeles Lakers. They have a reputation ,like Man Utd, as being the biggest team in the country and a huge bank balance. They also possess three of the most talented 'B- Ball' players in Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Allan Iverson.
Yes, the NBA season is upon us once more. It feels as if I have waited so long for it to return after thoroughly enjoying last seasons exciting victory for the Lakers. Since the playoffs, over the off-season there have been some interesting changes to some of the team's structures through the free-agent signings and sign-and trade deals. I'm already in the mood and can't wait for the NBA coverage on ITV and ITV2. I absolutely love basketball, and can't get enough of it especially during the season. I feel very deprived living in Britain, as we don't get as much coverage as I hope to, not all of the games are shown, we have to catch the highlights on ITV. This particularly annoys me when it means missing my favourite teams play. And during the off-season we aren?t given any info at all. At least I don't know of any. I log on to nba.com to find out the latest. I'm a proud Lakers fan, but I am far from a glory supporter, just in case that's what you had started to think. No, I have been loyal to them for as long as I found my love for the sport. Young Kobe Bryant, paired together with the giant, Shaquille O'Neal is what did it for me. I just find the games that they play exciting and inspiring to watch. Though I also find watching (White Chocolate) Jason Williams, playing for the Sacramento Kings very entertaining. Others, like Sprewell, Tim Duncan and David Robinson help form the game I love. Some for their aggressive offence like Latrell Sprewell, others for solid defence, and then there?s Jason Williams for his impressive flash moves (which he all too often allows to get to his head!). As I have said, there have been some changes during the off-season. The Lakers are going to have some competition it seems. The Spurs have kept Tim Duncan, the most wanted free-agent so the twin tower remains (Duncan & Robinson). They also got themselves a shooting guard, Derek Anderson. They look to b
e a threat to the Lakers. The other main contenders in the Western Conference are the Portland Trail Blazers. They truly have an amazing team to compete with. They have speed and agility from Stoudamire (Mighty Mouse), point forward Pippen, who was part of the successful Bull's team when MJ played, and aggressive play from Wallace. In the Eastern conference I'm not looking forward to see Miami Heat in progress. They are my brother's favourite team, so there is some rivalry over that. They are going to be the best in the East this time round, looking to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals at least. They are going to be scoring more and stealing more with the help of newcomer Eddie Jones. Brian Grant replaces P.J Brown and Weatherspoon, and Anthony Mason comes in for Mashburn. Teamed up with Alonzo Mourning, Dan Majerle and Tim Hardaway, I think he may still lead anyway. Wow, I'm getting carried away. Anyway, there's a lot to look forward to, at least I definitely am. Iv bought myself a copy of NBA Live 2001 today to get cracking on. Please, if you love b-ball as much as me I would love to hear your comments. Have you ever been to see an NBA game? I remember I saw the Harlem GlobeTrotters. They were great! So much energy and enthusiasm, it was hilarious! I feel the urge to shoot some hoops.
The N.B.A has an All-*Star* weekend with the best players in the country compete in a party type atomsphere. This weekend has many diffenent events and changes city every season, this past February it was in Oakland. The best players in the league play at the event in the Rookie game, 2-Ball, 3-point Shootout, The ALL *STAR* game, and my favourite THE DUNK CONEST, this years was probably one of the best dunk contests ever. Vince Carter, shocked the crowd with some breath-taking slams. 6 ft 6 carter won this, followed by 6 ft 2 Steve Francis then 6 ft 10 Tracy McGrady (Vince`s Cousin!). The crowd rose the roof with Vince Carters between the legs dunk and hanging on the rim on his elbow!!!! The 2-Ball contest is where a team of a Women and Male, who both play for the same city work as a team to shoot from different spaces over the 3-point and inside, points ranging from 8 to 2. This years winners won by a buzzer beating shot by the tandem from Utah Jeff Hornacek and Natalie Williams, who just beat the Kidd and Cooper tandem from Phoenix. The 3-point shootout was very anticlimatic and was very low scoring. Contestents have five stations over the 3-point line containing four 1 point balls, then a money ball worth 2. defending champion Jeff Hornacek from Utah won much to the delight of his kids courtside. The rookie game changes this year as their was no season for half the year last year. It was Rookies (1st year players) verses Sophmores (2nd year Players). The whole game was really about one of the NbA`s most loved players JASON WILLIAMS. The 23year old Sophmore electrified the crowd with a behind the back elbow pass and a half court 3-pointer. The whole game was amazing and Elton Brand, the rookie from Chicago picked up a double double in rebounding and points picked up the MVP. The All *Star* game was brilliant, EAST vs WEST was the game. Four players captured the event, Tim Duncan and Shquille O` Neal who both shared the MVP, Vince Carter, and
Jason Kidd. It was mainly ally-oop passes from Kidd, Carters Windmill 360`s, Duncans persistance, and one of the most incrsible sites a 360 dunk by Shaq, (he`s 7 ft 1, if you`ve forgotten). All together an amazing weekend capturing the brilliance and style of the NBA, i love this game!!
NBA basketball is great entertainment and having watched it on television I am disappointed that I have not yet been able to get to a game on my visits to the States. For the majority of the time the players are big guys, but they need to be skillful. It is no good being over seven feet tall if you cannot catch, shoot, position yourself and anticipate what will happen. I started to follow the NBA in the late 1980s, just when Michael Jordan was beginning to dominate the league. Being more superstitious then I supported his team, the Chicago Bulls, as I was a Taurus. It became great fun watching Jordan and Co. take apart the league in the 1990s as the Bulls went on to win six championships. The players in the NBA really know how to entertain and this is promoted. Some of the acrobatic dunks are great to watch and consequently fast breaks are always welcome. Interestingly in the NBA some rules are different to try and promote scoring, such as a the rule which prevents zone-guarding (which is prevalent in European basketball). The league has suffered a bit in recent years. The was an owner's lockout which prevented the season starting on time in 1998 and with Jordan's retirement the league is crying out for a new superstar (which seems to be where Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors fits in). Interestingly it appears that an influx of foreigners in the NBA is improving the world standard in Basketball. The Americans did not win the Olympic Gold medal all that easily and could have easily lost to Lithuania on two separate occasions. However the standard of basketball in the NBA remains high. It is where the best players in the world earn their corn, thrill the fans and keep the TV audiences captivated. The players earn huge money, but boy do they put on a show.
The NBA has some of the best athletes in the world. Michael Jordan is very possibly the best athlete that ever lived. Basketball takes extreme coordination, speed, quickness, dexterity of both hands and feet, judgement, jumping ability, pinpont accuracy, strength, and all-around fitness. Add to the equation that most people as big as NBA players are actually very slow and sluggish, and certainly not able to jump several feet off the ground, and you can see why the players are so impressive. The sport itself is fast and furious. None of this 0-0 stuff. Good teams can score over 100 points in 48 minutes of non-stop action. There are comebacks galore, and the entire game can hinge on one play or an entire quarter. The coach does more to influence the outcome on the night than in almost any other sport. Do the athletes deserve their huge salaries? Well, does Jim Carrey deserve $20 million or more per film? Does Bill Gates deserve billions for stealing a lot of other people's ideas? You make as much as you can for what you do, right? Let them get what the market will pay them.