Do you remember basketball? It is this sport that people played where two teams tried to insert this rubber ball through a hoop on the other side of a hardwood track. It probably feels like a life since the sport was played, but in reality it’s only been a week since the NBA put their season on hold and the NCAA canceled March Madness College’s annual basketball tournament.
Hoops fans have been struggling lately, but loving basketball doesn’t begin and end with the season. During the break from the sport, there are plenty of ways to keep your love for the game strong. You may have to go a little outside of your comfort zone as a fan (spoiler warning, there’s a comic book on this list), but as they say, beggars can’t be voters. These are the best ways to keep your basketball fan saturated during the current break from the sport.
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NBA 2K20 | $ 30
Perhaps the most reliable regular season replacement with the added bonus of interactivity. NBA 2K is one of the longest running franchises in the world of sports based video games and the latest edition has never been better.
Not only is it a great way to immerse yourself in the basketball game, but it also offers the opportunity to play online with friends and strangers. Staying connected with fellow hoop fans will be vital in the age of social distance, and you’ll find fewer better opportunities to deal with it than 2K.
Air Jordan 4 – Neon | $ 225
The world of sneakers and basketball is quite inextricably linked, and no brand is more synonymous with the sport than the Air Jordan. There are a ton of different silhouettes you can pick up to feel your Mike, but the latest edition is the Air Jordan 4 “Neon,” which draws inspiration from a popular Air Max livery.
If a new pair of Jordans no longer puts you in touch with why you love basketball, you’re in the serious minority (if Nike doesn’t have your size, try Foot Locker).
ESPN + | $ 5-13 / month
Game replays may not be available on the sports artist’s streaming service (the main draw is a wide variety of live events being streamed, but sports as a whole stand still for the time being) but it’s still one of the best lifelines for basketball fans have nowadays.
A subscription that is inexpensive in itself and can also be bundled with Hulu and Disney +, comes with full access to the original content from ESPN and the 30 for 30 library, ESPN’s flagship series of award-winning sports documentaries. From This magical moment to No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, a wealth of incredible basketball content is available that will completely immerse you in the history and culture of the sport in a way that a regular season game simply cannot.
Blu-Ray | $ 23
Is this from an important place of bias because this feature is written by a Raptors fan? Yes. Does this mean that revisiting one of the more unlikely and impressive seasons and final runs in recent memory is not a legitimately good time for basketball fans? Absolutely not. The Raptors shed a great tear in the regular and post-season last year, leading to the team bringing the NBA Championship to Toronto for the first time since the team debuted 24 (now 25) years ago. If you can’t watch basketball live, you can at least relive the thrill of one of the more exciting modern basketball games at home.
There are plenty of in-depth, thorough hoops biographies, autobiographies, and oral histories out there. This is not one of them, but it may be better. Author Shea Serrano’s Basketball (and other things) is a heartfelt love letter to the sport built around a series of questions (what is the most disrespectful dunk of all time? Which NBA players were remembered for the wrong reasons?) delving into the history of basketball and pop culture in general.
Hoops fans will run away and remember why they loved the sport to start with, but this is also the rare piece of basketball fandom that could turn even the most skeptical non-fans into evangelical worshipers of the game.
Speaking of a book that could turn someone into a basketball fan (or a basketball fan into a comic book reader), manga master Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk is one of the most popular comic books of all time, with hundreds of millions of copies sold since the series began in the 1990s.
Slam Dunk is the story of the high school Shohoku basketball team and their quest to win nationals and in particular follows protagonist Hanamichi Sakuragi on his quest to impress the girl he is in love with with his unique ability to make perfect slam dunks to make.
It’s a 31-part story, so if you decide you love it after part one, you’ve read enough to keep you busy as Adam Silver decides what to do with the 2020 post season.
Look, the courts are closed. Gyms are closed. There is no NCAA March Madness or NBA season. It is more difficult than ever to get buckets or watch buckets being brought in. Buy some yourself with this game.