Opinions on basketball range far and wide.
Some people prefer a fast-paced, offensive-oriented game,
while others like precision, half-court offenses, and still
others feel offense is a minor part of the game compared to
defense. Some folks like the college game, while
others like the pros, and still others think that it's more
fun to watch high school or even youth basketball. And
of course, coaches make questionable decisions, players do
stupid things, and some folks just plain don't understand
the game. And, of course, there are the folks
dedicated to a specific team.
This makes for a wonderful backdrop for
discussion, debate, and sometime just general contrariness.
It can become just as heated as any political or religious
discussion. Some folks don't like that; I,
however, think it's fun.
Here are a list of places where you can
find good (or, perhaps not so good) basketball opinions,
basketball discussions, and information.
Bulletin Boards - Discussion Forums
PhillyArena - Derek Bodner's basketball board is a
refuge for posters who posted on MSNBC's board before it
was shut down. Although it's a smaller community,
it features some lively discussion, which is, for the
most part, well-reasoned and intelligent. It also
includes an area for dicussing the fantasy NBA league
I'm in as well. I post under my own name.
Scout.com's NBA Forum - formerly the site called FanHome, Scout's discussion board range all over the
place. This is a larger community than PhillyArena,
but not quite as tightly knit, and the opinions go
wildly across the spectrum - sometimes to the point of
absurdity. I post under the alias "Genghis, the
Polar Bear." (Imagine a reasonably well-spoken,
reasonably intelligent, species-proud polar bear with a
bit of a chip on his shoulder as to why his species
isn't the dominant one on the planet talking to foolish
humans, and you get the idea.)
The Score Boards - this is another offshoot of
FanHome. When Scout.com and FanHome split, this
was where many of the folks went. I never
particularly cared for the layout and such, so I didn't
go along. However, I still see a few friends are
out there, so I included a link to it for their sake.
Joe's Basketball Forum - I set up my own area here,
so that if I ever want to host a basketball forum, I
can. No one really uses it though - not even me.
Basketball Blog - Probably the nicest benefit of
playing with technology is that you can set up whatever
you want. The downside is that way too often, you
don't use what you set up. I've got a blog out
here, but currently, it's way out of date - and that
probably won't change.
Basketball Information and Resources
If you want to talk basketball, and talk
intelligently about it, you're going to need to stay current
on basketball, and have some historical perspective as well.
And it never hurts to have some stats to back you up.
Here are some good resources to help you with that.
Basketball-Reference.com - a wonderful statistical
site that puts the NBA's own web site to shame.
NBA site - ESPN covers pro basketball pretty well,
and their site isn't bad. The big downside is that
some of the more interesting stuff is "Insider" content
- which you have to have a paid subscription to.
- so why am I listing pro basketball's main web site
last? Because it's pretty awful and has limited
content, and it's hard to find what you want. But
it is pro basketball's web site.