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Basketball is the Best Sport in the World

By Danelle Winfield

The best sport in the world is basketball…hands down. It is a worldwide sport that connects people of all demographics. However, the best league is National Basketball Association (NBA). It has been around since 1949. It consists of 30 teams split into two conferences competing for one common goal- to be crowned Champions. People should follow the NBA because its strategic coaching and has the best athletes.


The NBA is just more than a court, players and an orange ball. It involves strategic coaching. The coach is the captain of the ship, guiding the crew through the unpredictable waters. Simply meaning, a team can have all of the best players but without a “smart coach” they can fail to even make the playoffs. When I say “smart coach,” I am referring to someone who understands the game, breaks down his competition and is highly aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his players & team. The coach decides who starts, who comes off the bench, which plays to run, and most importantly has to make crucial decisions in a timely matter. For example, in a close game a "smart coach" would use his last timeout to advance the ball to half court and draw up a play for his best shooter. Instead of having his center inbound the ball from the opponents baseline and the point guard making it to half court and then calling a time out. I would say a prime example of a “smart coach” is Phil Jackson. He was well known for his development of players, triangle offense and last minute plays. People should follow the NBA because the coaches make it exciting with their wittiness and love for the game.


The NBA has the best athletes. They do not just run up and down the court, they put on a show for entire game! What other sport can you see someone that is over six foot, rebound the basketball, run from the baseline to the free-throw line, take off in the air, palm the ball while in flight and slam it down for two points? The NBA has been full of league-changing superstars like Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird just to name a few. Today some of the top players have un-human-like talents. For Instance, the 2011-2012 Finals MVP Champion LeBron James at the age of twenty-seven averaged 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists per game. Did I forget to mention he has a 6’8 wingspan and a 44-inch vertical jump?


Basketball is the best sport and the National Basketball Association is the best league. The "smart coaches" battle against each other like they are playing chest. The players keep the crowd in the games with their amazing athletic abilities. The NBA never fails to entertain its audience and that is why people should watch it.