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April 4, 2012 11:20 AM Subscribe
How do I go about becoming a fan or follower of pro basketball?
posted by Ipsifendus to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (36 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I am in my mid forties, and have always felt a pretty strong antipathy towards sports fandom. I've cultivated the feeling, as well, and as a result I am completely ignorant of virtually everything sports-related. Recently, however, I've been seized with an urge to start following professional basketball. We do not have cable television or satellite, so my viewing options are limited...but I've figured out ways around that.
What puzzles me is not so much how to watch, but what to watch. Wikipedia informs me that every team in the NBA will play 84 games in the regular season, playing many teams more than once and more than twice. So...suppose that I wanted to become a fan of, say, the Jazz (n.b.: this is just for the sake of argument). Assuming that I don't have time to watch all 84 games, how does a committed fan of a particular team decide which games they'll make a point of watching? And on that topic...given that there is no local franchise where I live, how does one develop an attachment to some specific team?
Oh...and I'm aware already, from reading Wikipedia that the regular season is nearly over. I may attempt to catch the playoffs if I can get over the mental blocks here.