Just can't get enough court time? Well this list of online basketball resources will give you access to all the information you need in the world of basketball.
We start by looking at the world of basketball here in the UK and the BBL is the premier competition. Through this website, you can keep up-to-date on all of the action, get news and analysis of the games and even watch them live for a small fee. You can also view the league table, check team and player stats, and buy tickets to see games live. View Site »
This organisation is responsible for developing the GB men’s and women’s squads and helping them to achieve greater things in international competitions. They not only oversee the vision for basketball in this country, they are pivotal in making it happen with work on funding, coaching and long term strategy. They aim to create commercial opportunities and a deeper pool of talent through on-court success to give basketball a brighter future in the UK. View Site »
As with the above, Basketball England is a governing body whose objective is to widen the participation and support for the sport so as to enhance its future prospects. They work on providing clear pathways for talented youngsters to continue playing and developing so that the overall standard in the English game increases and they work with schools and clubs to achieve this. View Site »
After seeing a virtual lack of coverage for the sport of basketball in the UK, a passionate fan took up the challenge and has since created the ultimate source of information and analysis for the British game. You’ll be able to read reaction to results and player news while there is also a focus on Brits playing abroad in the NBA and Euroleague. View Site »
The sport of basketball isn’t the reserve of able bodied athletes. In fact, there is a thriving scene when it comes to wheelchair basketball and this is the governing body of the sport in the UK. There are 65 teams playing across 9 divisions in the National Wheelchair Basketball League and you can find your local team through this website. The sport is open to anyone including the able bodied and is hugely enjoyable and sociable. View Site »
We’ll now look at the US side of the sport and where else would we start but with the official website of the NBA. Here you’ll be able to get the latest results, live scores, upcoming fixtures, player and team news, and tables among other things. If you fancy yourself as a head coach, test yourself by signing up for the fantasy competition or watch highlights of games online. View Site »
You will have stats coming out of your ears with this complete database of basketball figures. Whether you want to see how many steals a player made during a season or the average number of points your team scores in a game, you can have it all at our fingertips. The data on offer is incredible and will certainly be of assistance to those who like to place bets on the outcomes of NBA games. View Site »
Part news site, part magazine and part blog, this website has a real mixture of NBA coverage. You can find interviews with players, read the ongoing rumour-mill, and study columns and articles written by some truly knowledgeable basketball journalists. They also have information on draft picks, player salaries and even which sneakers people wear – as if this is an important detail! View Site »
There’s no doubt that basketball is a sport that gets people talking whether it’s about on-court action or off-court dramas so why not sign yourself up for an account at this, the biggest basketball forum on the net. Nearly 9 million posts await you and as a member you can add to this tally yourself by engaging with other fans of the game in chat and debate about all sorts of topics. View Site »
Rounding off our list is an ecommerce website that provides everything a basketball fan could possibly need or want. You can buy official NBA jerseys and other clothing, shoes, balls and even the backboards and systems required to play in your own backyard. They offer free shipping on orders over £40 and you can also speak to their sales team for advice on what gear to buy. View Site »
Basketball is a sport that is primarily played in the USA but there are leagues and competitions all around the world. To many in this country it probably seems like a lot of incomprehensible running around with no obvious pattern or strategy, but speak to someone in the know and they’ll reveal the complexities and nuances of the game. It is action packed from start to finish with most teams scoring anywhere from 60 to 130 points per game so there is no let up in the excitement for fans and spectators.
Men’s basketball has been part of the Olympic Games programme since 1936 with the USA winning 14 of the 18 gold medals so far (they would argue that it should be 15 after a hugely controversial final in 1972). The women’s game has been included since 1976 and the USA is again the dominant country with 7 out of the 10 available gold medals to date.
In the UK, basketball is still a sport mostly hidden in the shadows of our more traditional offerings of football, rugby and cricket among others. This is partly down to money and commercial reasons as small crowds mean small revenues for the teams and thus basketball is still largely an amateur sport in the UK. Government funding is also not something that can be relied upon and so any growth in participation will have to be hard fought.
For now, it could be that greater TV coverage of the NBA is the best way to introduce the sport to a new generation and BT Sport have won the rights to show up to 7 games per week starting in 2014. This will, at least, allow those who regularly place wagers on games to watch the action live. If you would like to do the same then read our guide showing you how to bet on basketball.
This coverage of the NBA might be too late for us to see all time greats of the game such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar but a new generation of stars such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant provide more than enough magical moments of their own.
For now, we recommend that you bookmark some of the websites listed here so that you can immerse yourself in the sport as much as possible.