Winning a national (or even a world) championship in any sport is the generally the ultimate goal for any athlete or coach involved in any sport. The feeling of victory, the satisfaction of knowing that you are the best of the best, the excitement you have holding the first place trophy, cutting down a net, or putting on that championship ring—it’s an experience that unfortunately only a handful of individuals get to experience in a lifetime. And could you imagine experiencing that more than once? Back-to-back or even multiple times?
In the National Basketball Association (NBA), there are s select number of elite teams who have won multiple NBA titles. Five teams, including the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors, hold 70 percent of all the NBA titles since the league’s creation in 1946. With dynamic players and effective coaching, teams have found their way to consecutive tiles that have lead to the creation of dynasties. These are the stories of the top three teams… Continue reading
When it comes to the business of sports, it may seem like a world that doesn’t need to put in much work in order to gain popularity or media attention; however, you’d be surprised just much strategy truly goes into sports marketing—particularly basketball marketing. Not only is it important to promote the game itself, but basketball’s ultimate success depends on the ability to connect the fans to the players and vice versa. By establishing personal connections, fans and players both become more emotionally attached to their teams and to the game as a whole. The NBA also uses attraction marketing to draw in the fans. This emotion leads to action, which in turn leads to sales—or maybe even the development of the next great basketball superstar. Continue reading
Unlike football, soccer, golf, baseball and quite a few other sports, basketball must alway be played on a hard, flat surface. Whether that be hardwood, asphalt, or even plastic and rubber flooring, different types of basketball courts can have small effects on how the game is played. When determining the proper surface for a basketball court, a majority of the decision is made based on environment and location—for example, indoors versus outdoors or variety in usage (i.e. Will the court only be used for basketball, or other activities as well). One of the best ways to keep your hardwood court in top shape is to hire a carpet cleaning company every few months to clean it and buff it out. As already mentioned, the best types of basketball courts are generally made of one of three different kinds of materials: hardwood, asphalt or plastic and rubber. Read on to find out the benefits of each surface. Continue reading
Basketball is a sport that tests a player’s strength, agility and skill. While a large portion of success relies on an individual’s natural athletic abilities, your performance can also improve with an increase in practice and training in a number of different areas. Starting with the fundamentals, it’s important to understand the basics before attempting to master techniques in dribbling, shooting, passing or defense. Working on improving one’s strength, speed and conditioning can also help to give players an advantage on the court. Becoming a great basketball player doesn’t happen overnight, and it can take a lot of time, effort and dedication. For those of you determined to improve your skills and become the best player you can be, take a look at the following tips and tricks regarding strength training, speeding and conditioning, and finally core skills and fundamentals. Continue reading
One ball, ten players, and one simple goal to just get the ball through a hoop. In its most basic form, this is basketball. Who knew such a simple game would involve into one of America’s favorite pastimes. March Madness, the NBA, the WNBA, Air Jordan…none of this would exist without the invention of basketball. So, where was it invented? Who came up with the idea? How has it evolved overtime? And how did it become so popular? These are just some of the many questions to help understand the full history of basketball. Let’s break it down, detail by detail, to find out all there is to know about all things basketball. Continue reading