Below is a guide that will help you participate readily in any basketball conversation.
The first thing you’ll need to know is that each basketball fan is different. But the one thing common about every fan is a love for his or her team. Every team has its history, and while it isn’t crucial to know everything about all 30 teams, it is important to appreciate them all.
While each team takes pride in its history and legacy, there are certain issues they would all like to avoid:
- For Los Angeles Lakers fans, Dwight Howard is a player that should not be discussed.
- Avoid bringing up the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals around Utah Jazz fans.
- San Antonio Spurs fans do not want to talk about Ray Allen or the 2013 NBA Finals.
- Do not mention Len Bias or Reggie Lewis to Boston Celtics fans (both of these players passed away young).
- Though they are recovering, Cleveland Cavaliers fans are still sore about LeBron James leaving their team.
- Natives of Seattle will not appreciate talking about the Oklahoma City Thunder.
As for topics that are welcome for discussion, stick to debating the best and worst teams, players, and coaches.
Best teams: Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers
Worst teams: Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers
Best players: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony
Worst players: Richard Jefferson, Raymond Felton, Kendrick Perkins, Anthony Bennett
Best coaches: Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich, Tom Thibodeau, Terry Stotts
Worst coaches: Mike Brown, Mike d’Antoni, Mike Woodson, (pretty much anyone named Mike)
Above all else, the most important piece of advice is that you should feel free to ask questions. Any friendly basketball fan will be happy to share information about a team or player.
If you really want to mix things up, find out which team your significant other is rooting for…and cheer for the opposite team to annoy them (use discretion–this isn’t a good idea during the NBA Finals).