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GV Rama Rao By GV Rama Rao, 27th Jan 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3nr1jyak/
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A ringside view of a basketball match of NBA can be very exiting. Here is a first hand report of it.

NBA Match.

After relocating to Orlando, the first event to report was a visit to an NBA match between Orlando’s MAGIC and Toronto’s RAPTORS.

I could see the passion of Americans for all sports in general and basketball in particular. Thanks to my son-in-law I could get courtside seats, just behind the net and watch the match and the players at close range.

Earlier, he, my son-in-law informed me about the match in the evening and asked me to be ready by six in the evening. He assured me he would get the best possible seats and give a veritable treat before the match.

The stadium.

The stadium looked like a set for a dream sequence of a Bollywood movie. The basketball court in the center, painted in bright colors, looked magnificent. The court of wooden flooring but waxed and painted in bright yellow with Magic logo in the center looked so inviting that I felt like jumping in the pitch and taking a couple of shots at the posts. Circular in shape and built in three tiers, it would easily accommodate 30K spectators. Although I had seen NBA matches earlier on TV, watching one at close quarters was indeed a revelation.

The followers.

The stadium was full to the brim with enthusiastic spectators from all age groups rooting for the local team MAGIC. Before the match started, several items of entertainment were presented with young and attractive cheerleaders dancing to foot tapping music. The team’s mascot displayed several antics including a dance spinning on his head and won a round of applause from the spectators.

I took my seat in a comfortable chair just behind the board with a drink in hand and tummy full of exotic dinner. I watched the passion of the spectators for basketball and for the local team. Seeing a stranger in their midst, the ladies and gents next to me hoped I would bring some luck as their team, in spite of some stellar performances, lost 12 out of the 15 matches they played earlier in this year.

The game.

An ardent cricket fan, I watched several matches in India with keen interest, but the match I had seen that day was far beyond my expectations. The players, true highly paid professionals played with rare gusto and didn’t yield even an inch to the opponents. They moved on the shining court briskly with a rare agility and elegance of a gazelle and tried either to score a basket or prevent the opponents from getting anywhere near the post. The passing was exceedingly fast and the collection of passes equally superb. The players jumped high in the air either to collect a pass or score a basket. Tall, their average height must be more than six and half feet, they stood erect and played like gallant knights.

The game proceeded like a see saw match with the fortune swinging from one team to other. Every time a team found the score to its disadvantage, it asked for a time out to regroup, change the tactics and execute plan C or D. The time outs were one too many, but the entertainers kept the crowd enthralled. The crowd didn’t seem to mind the frequent interruptions. On the contrary, they enjoyed the entertainment. One of the main attractions was the shirt gun which shot T-shirts of the Magic team to spectators.

Superstars

Although many followers of the game are cynical and critical of the players, the latter enjoy a good fan following and draw huge crowds of admirers whenever they visit the basketball matches.
During the interval, I had the good fortune of meeting Bo Outlaw, one of the star players of MAGIC of yester years. His numerous fans soon encircled him to collect an autograph or to pose for a photo with him. Fortunately, my son-in-law happened to be one of his good friends, and the superstar readily obliged to pose for a photo.

The result.

The game went to the wire literally. During the last quarter with four seconds to go, the teams stood with the score tied at 95. I understand the local team wanted to defend the last few seconds, take the match to extra time and win during the extra time. In local parlance it is called “buzzer beater”.

The visiting team had different ideas. When the game resumed it went on a quick offensive and passed the ball to the most prolific scorer who positioned himself on the left flank. Although guarded by two opponents, he collected the pass neatly and with two quick body movements dodged his opponents and found space and time to hurl the ball in the ring.

As the ball floated high in the air, the entire stadium stood as one man and watched with awe the ball neatly landing in the net without touching the rim of the ring in what is called “nothing but net”. A hush descended on the stadium and the crowd boisterous so far, sat down in silence. The disappointment of the crowd defied description.

The star player of the visiting team displayed amazing skill in scoring the last basket. The purists appreciated the deft manner in which he dodged his two guards and scored the basket, but the spectators found it difficult to pocket the loss of the home team.
To sum up, it was a fantastic experience, and I would jump at any opportunity to see the next match.

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Basketball, Competition, Competitive, Competitiveness, Entertainment, Excitement, Exciting, Nba, Professional Sports, Professionalism, Professionals, Result

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar DuitByJames
28th Jan 2013 (#)

I enjoyed your share, the pictures drew me in.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
28th Jan 2013 (#)

My dear DuitByJames,
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar M G Singh
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Nice to see you active again. Interesting post

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
28th Jan 2013 (#)

My dear Madan,
Many thanks for your comment.
I have a problem: I am not able to open my Inbox and see the messages. Do u know how to fix it? My request to Wikinut didn't get any response.

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author avatar M G Singh
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Nice to see you active again. Interesting post

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Fantastic review - you brought the whole scene alive GVR. Happy to see that you are enjoying yourself now. The difficulty in opening Inbox seems to be contagious and I do hope I am safely at a distance from this virus! siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks Siva for your comment. I can't understand why the management look into this problem? I have sent them a message but received no reply. I can't see any message in my Inbox.

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author avatar Buzz
5th Feb 2013 (#)

GV, was that you in one of the pics above? I see sexy girls there. You must be very entertained..:-)

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