The NBA season has started. The worlds biggest sport show began yesterday with the first games and until April thousand of games will be played for one magnificent goal: the ring.
Boston Celtics, Oklahoma Thunders, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are the favourites to win the NBA, but other teams like Minnesota Timberwolves or Brooklyn Nets has signed up talented players to face the main teams and will also have chances to reach the finals.
The star-system rules opposite the Eurpean basketball, where the payers play for the team more than for their own. In USA teams play for the star-player and if that player is successful, the whole team gets success. In the comparison with the European’s, many basket fans should claim that in the NBA defence intensity is much lower. The team which should play fewer games will play 82, in less than half a year and many times 4 games a week. Fast-food basketball is not fond to everyone but, anyway, we should admit that the show is attractive enough.
NBA is much more than just sport. It’s the mirror of the American society. Attending to a match is an example of the American way of life. Cheerleaders, kiss-cams, hot dogs and any type of fast food, music and that entire show business staff are added to the sportive competition to create a way of entertainment that for many years has been successful in USA and thanks to the TV is been spread all over the world.
The main success of the American league, in my humble opinion, is that you can hardly imagine who would be the winner at the end of the season, even which teams will reach the conference finals.
The salary cap and the equitable distribution of the TV rights allow any team to make a competitive roster and, signing up well, have the chance for fighting for the ring. David Stern, the commissioner, has worked for this idea of a strong league better than strong teams, unlike the European basket or football, where only the wealthy teams, so few, are able to fight for the big competitions.
NBA is much more than basketball and we should enjoy it as it is. The show has just started and will go on until mid-may. So be aware for the highlights with Ibaka’s monster blocks, James and Durant’s incredible shots, Lin and Harden’s leadership to make Houston a play-off team or Brandon Roy’s, Ricky Rubio’s and Derrick Rose’s recoveries after their injuries and their strong battle to win back their place as NBA stars.
For not missing the games add this link to your “favourites and if you live in Europe, remember one thing: Sleeping is for cowards.