Last night I attended the NBA game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors.
I don’t follow basketball. I went because I had free tickets.
You’ll think I am making this up, but the tickets I had sold for $165 each.
I figured that had to be the most expensive ticket. I looked it up. It is not. $ 165 is the sixth most expensive ticket.
For $165, one sits about 20 rows up and in the center court area.
The cheapest seat is $9.
You get the idea why these teams want to build new arenas and stadiums with expensive seats and sky boxes. People will pay big money to go to these games.
It’s less clear why the public is so often willing to finance these places with tax dollars.
I entered the so-called Toyota Center by walking over a sky bridge open only to what were termed “premium guests.”
I was a premium guest.
I voted against the publically financed construction of the Toyota Center both times it was on the ballot in Harris County.
The first time the public saw the question my way.
The second time the public did not.
At the end of the skywalk were two cheerleaders greeting Rocket’s fans. The cheerleaders are termed “Rockets Power Dancers.”
This was the fourth or fifth Rockets game I’ve attended. I’m always struck by how small the court appears in relation to the size of the players. ( Above is an 1890 picture of the first basketball court which was located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Springfield is the birthplace of basketball. )
If you’ve never seen the famous Yao Ming in person, I can tell you this—He is quite tall.
The 24 second shot clock is a disturbing aspect of NBA basketball. It leads to a lot of running up and down the court and a great deal of haste in shooting for a basket.
A longer shot clock, or no shot clock at all, would lead to a more reflective and thoughtful game.
Poor shot selection by both teams last night seemed more a manifestation of the artificial constriction of the shot clock, rather than a honest reflection of the sincere desire of the players to score as many baskets as possible.
The shot clock sends the wrong message—Everybody knows good things come to those who wait.
Here is a history of the NBA shot clock. It’s said that the shot clock saved the game from tedium.
Tedium is underrated.
Music was played over the PA system while the game is taking place. Often the music would stop when play stopped.
I found this odd. Isn’t the game enough?
Below is a picture of my favorite NBA basketball player ever—World B. Free. Mr. Free changed his name legally from Lloyd B. Free to World B. Free.