The premier event of college basketball that millions of viewers enjoy each year. College basketball comes to a truly extraordinary ending each year in March. 68 of the best teams in the nation draw the attention of millions. Viewers are awed by the sheer amount of games played and the only three weeks they are played in. They are mesmerized trying to fill out the perfect bracket and possible win huge prizes and bragging rights over their friends.
We are not going to let it happen again. Positioned and standing there in the left lane ready for the tip-off to start the game, I was thinking about all the losses we had the years before. We were playing at home this year, the crowd on our side, game about to start momentum rushing in at us already and it felt great. The referee was approaching the half court line where the centers were set and ready to jump it out. He threw the ball up in the air, the centers jumped and the opposing team had won the tip-off.
The NBA crowd consists of a lot of elderly and laid back people that just can not give the same level of intensity as the youthful student sections in the college arenas. During the college basketball season every game seems like it is a championship game with the crowd chanting and stomping throughout the whole game. In the NBA every game just does not seem to have that feel, especially towards the middle of the 82 game season. It is almost as if the crowd gets bored of watching NBA basketball and is just waiting for the playoffs. Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse got as loud as 122 decibels during a regular season game (O’Meara).
College basketball is full of heart, hustle and the sheer will of wanting to win every single game while in the NBA a loss does not matter to the extent it does in college basketball. When it comes to playoffs in the NBA is nowhere close to as serious and fun to watch as March Madness. March Madness is either win or you die. While the NBA you have seven chances to win four games, with this you lose a certain degree of competition. If you have one chance one shot at winning the national championship the amount of heart and effort that individuals put into the game is so noticeable higher that it is hard to explain.
At 7:35 A.M., I walked onto the stairs of the bus, but quickly realized I left my most prized possession at home, my basketball. I ran back into my house and took my basketball from its case on my chest. I ran back down the stairs and stormed out of my house, trying to get back my breath while sweating profusely, and got back on the bus. The bus was filled with excited-young peers’ ready to attend the first day of classes at a familiar school with friends; however, I had no reason to be happy. I was without my long time friends who I spent ten wonderful years with at Yeshiva Ohr Chaim.
KU went on to win the national championship in exciting fashion, beating Big 8 rivals Oklahoma in an exciting championship game. As an impressionable eight-year-old, I soaked up the emotions. The hopes and expectations, the ecstasy and the heartbreak. These feelings stuck with me. When I reached seventh grade, basketball took a different role in my life.
An NCAA Tournament classic.” (Creditor, A., InsideHoops.com, Mar., 2005) Sure you can find the excitement of many games in any level of competition. But to have all the above happen in just one weekend of high stakes tournament basketball year after year is pure heaven. The NCAA has created an athletic event featuring 65 teams of all levels of competition, each manned by 12 players of all levels of ability, and in three short weeks, created utter bliss for the basketball fanatic. All this from a field of 326 teams that make up the Division I ranks. Compare these facts with the more popular NBA playoffs.
The Dream Team Era During the summer of 1992, the NBA took center stage as the world watched the greatest team in sports ever assembled joke, pose, and finally play its way to the gold medal at the summer Olympic games. The team was named the “Dream Team” and it featured eleven of the NBA’s best players. Names like Michael Jordan, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Larry Bird headlined the games and the play of Scottie Pippen and “Sir” Charles Barkley stole the show. After only eight games, the world of USA basketball would never be the same. Since 1992 two more teams called themselves the “Dream Team” and two were simply labeled as “Team USA” but one thing is for certain, International basketball has taken a step in the right direction thanks in part to the NBA and its Dream Team era.
During the 1992 Olympics, the American basketball team averaged 117 ¼ points per game (Cottrell 1). This is remarkable, and partly due to the fact that this was the first Olympic games where professional basketball players were allowed to compete. Before this year, numbers like this were unprecedented in the games. Along with putting up with insane numbers, they not only held their opponents to 73 ½ points a game, but beat their competitors by an average of 44 points (“NBA” 1). These are just a few examples of the impact the Dream Team made on international basketball that year.
His name was continuously heard on radios, zealously mentioned on television, and celebrated by multitudes of fervent basketball fans in the world. Victor Hanson, a historian at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, asserts that such an unusually quick rise to stardom in the NBA was unprecedented. As a rescuer for the Knicks, Lin went from an inconspicuous basketball player to a true phenomenon by proving to the NBA and the world his astonishing abilities. Jeremy Lin has demonstrated his superior skills as a basketball player since his youth. Always coming to practice early, leaving late, and working arduously with the coaches, in 2005 as a junior in high school, Lin earned his position as head captain on the Palo Alto High School basketball team.