Syracuse got knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Dayton — but behold! You can still watch some former SU players in the NBA!
(Currently called the Izod Center, I attended most Nets games when it was the Continental Arena).
The Barclays Center has The Vault—an exclusive club that Jay-Z designed.
The Continental Arena had a lot of empty seats.
But that big white complex in the swamp certainly has some distinctive traits. Here are six.
The NBA national TV schedule has a few surprises, some expected consistency, and an indication of how of they market their teams. This is the second season I’ve compiled this, and I compared the number of televised games to last season’s.
Did you enjoy March Madness? There’s actually another basketball tournament that involves only 16 teams with much better players. On top of that, some of the guys you rooted for when they were in college are in this one too!
If you’re an NCAA, casual NBA fan, or somewhere in between, I present to you a handy-dandy guide of what teams and players to watch for.
(Throughout March Madness, I’ll be attempting to cover other college alumni. I’ll take requests, but won’t necessarily grant them.)
Jim Boeheim is one of college basketball’s finest coaches, and Syracuse has a renowned basketball program. Other than Carmelo Anthony though, SU churns out below average NBA players. I’m guessing this has something to do with Boeheim’s zone defense, which is only used sparingly in the NBA to throw an opponent off.
All-Star Weekend is getting old. Here’s a surefire way to increase interest among the casual fan. Take the best parts of college basketball and implement it in to the NBA All-Star game.
Have a 16 team tournament on college alumni or continental origin, March Madness style.
The What If Marvel Comics series were always one of my favorites. It took a superhero like Spider-man and altered his narrative (What if Spider-Man Joined the Fantastic Four?) just for the fun of it.
(Demoralizing moments start from the 1991-1992 season, when I first became a fan.)
If I was some foreigner who came off a rickety boat packed with hundreds of illegal immigrants from the Fujian province of China and landed in New York today, I’d think that there are two NBA teams of equal popularity. With Jay-Z closing out a show with Beyonce at the newly minted Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets are the biggest thing to hit Brooklyn since Lena Dunham started filming Girls there. Now that everyone’s been scooping up those retro black and white jerseys, I’m here to tell you that it hasn’t always been like this. It seems the Nets are trying to pretend their New Jersey residence didn’t even exist.
Well it did. And it wasn’t pretty.
One impact Jeremy Lin had last season was that he converted many indifferent Asian-American sports fans into hardcore NBA nerds. At least they followed the Knicks. And with 32 nationally televised games this season, they thought it would be more of the same.
One giant Daryl Morey sized poison pill later, Linsanity will be toiling in relative obscurity with a mere six national games playing for the Houston Rockets. Only two games are on ESPN, while the other four are on NBA TV—not exactly a ubiquitous station.
You’ll read a ton of predictions before the 2012-2013 NBA season begins. I will not be attempting that. At least not now. What I will be listing are the teams I am looking forward to watching from least to most. This is based on new acquisitions, rookies and national TV appearances. The list starts with the teams I am least looking forward to watching and counting down to the most—starting with the Eastern Conference. The number in (parenthesis) denotes total national TV appearances.