ZboKnows’ readers fall along the spectrum of basketball fandom. While some have been NBA fans or have played basketball their whole lives, others are learning to love the game for the very first time. When it comes to becoming an NBA fan, I say you gotta fake it ‘til you make it. Follow the guidance below and not only will you impress the crowds with your expert knowledge, but your growing basketball confidence will blossom into a love of the game. I guarantee it!
- If you see the ball passed between three or more players hands before a shot is taken, say “great ball movement.” If you notice they are doing this at a quick rate, you could add on “they are really pushing the pace.” Unbeknownst to you, your comments are hitting on the hot trend in the NBA right now – fast, selfless ball movement. Not only will you sound like you know what is going on in the game, but you will sound knowledgeable about trends in the game at large.
- Say there are 32 seconds left, and your team is down 4 points; at this point you may be thinking “wow, this game is over,” but keep those thoughts to yourself! This is a great time to stay calm, stay confident, and remark, “we’ve got this, plenty of time left.” Your fellow watchers will be impressed by your crunch-time cool.
- If the score is less than 20 after the first quarter, you can say “low scoring game,” if greater than 30, “high scoring game.” Feel free to extrapolate to quarters two, three and four: 40, 60, 80 (low score), and 60, 90, 120 (high score).
- My favorite basketball commentary obviously has to do with friendship. If you see a player leading a fast break (running down the court quickly dribbling the ball with most, if not all, of the players on the other team behind the dribbler) and one or two other players from his team are keeping pace with the fast break leader, you can say “ Ah, Player X, running with friends!” Now I have never actually heard someone say this besides announcers, but I have a strong feeling that if you take the risk, your reward will be some new friends of your own.