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NBA players are celebrities in their own right, and are also mentors to many young children. They have been spokespeople for many worthwhile causes, and champions to many underprivileged organizations. Aware of the growing obesity epidemic not only in the U.S but around the world, the NBA launched a fitness program called NBA FIT to promote fitness and an active lifestyle.
NBA players and coaches traveled around the world endorsing the NBA Fit program, and many international players offered to promote the program in their home countries. The result was an enormous impact not only on children who idolize these NBA players, but also on adults who recognized the importance of fitness in daily life.
Every year the NBA Fit program makes more progress in educating people and helping them get fit. There are a few key components to the program including running drills, proper warm up and stressing that exercise and getting fit is fun. They offer challenges, pledges and programs to help you get in shape using basketball skills and training techniques. The NBA Fit program also offers nutritional advice, helping to educate people on what kinds of foods are most healthy and most needed by our bodies.
The NBA Fit website offers videos, tips, techniques and skills to not only help you improve your game, but to also keep you moving. Each year the NBA hosts one week called NBA Fit Live Healthy Week where players wear blue headbands and wristbands in addition to special shooting shirts, all to help promote awareness of the program and to encourage people to pledge to get in shape.
There is no down side to the NBA Fit program. With familiar celebrity faces behind the program, players who not only advocate following the program but who embody it, people are flocking to the NBA Fit program and are making strides at living healthier lifestyles.
It seems like each year the level of talent vying for positions on an NBA team increases, and with so many contenders for so few positions, players are forced to become more creative in securing positions on teams.
After the age limit was raised, essentially forcing players to go to college, many players right out of high school are taking positions on teams overseas. This is an attractive option to many who don’t want to go to college. Brandon Jennings is one such player who opted to play in Europe. He earned pretty good money even if he didn’t get as many play minutes as he would have liked. He did learn great skills and had a chance to play on a high end team. Once old enough he returned to the states and is now on the Milwaukee Bucks.
Other players are lured to overseas teams by the promise of more money or more play time. Allen Iverson signed a contract with a team in Turkey because no teams in the U.S. showed any interest in him. Other players such as Josh Childress and Stephon Marbury have also spent time on teams overseas.
Another concern of many players is staying free of controversy. Agent disputes and scandals seem to follow NBA players like moths to flame, and playing on overseas teams might help them avoid scandal or help them lie low after being in the center of issues.
Of course no die hard NBA fan wants to see our players ship off overseas, but in some cases this is a good thing. Players can improve overseas and then return to the NBA with great skills and experience. On the other hand, with much great talent bleeding off to foreign teams, will college ball and the NBA continue being as exciting as they currently are? Only time will tell.
The NBA is arguably the most famous of all organized competitive sports, partly due to the fact that basketball is a relatively simple game that is easy to follow and understand. Of course there are subtleties, but these only entice fans and keep them buying tickets.
One of the most alluring features of any NBA game is that they’re fast paced. Unlike other games with down times or slow pace, basketball moves at light speed in comparison. There are many exciting moments where players snatch the ball seemingly out of thin are then rush down the court with the ball.
NBA fans are loyal to a fault. This is in part due to the fact that it is possible for teams to make a return even when all seems lost. This encourages fans to keep loyal, waiting against hope, that their team will turn around and steal the championship.
The players of the NBA are also huge draws for fans. They are true characters showing their personalities both on and off the court. Fans wait for emotional outbursts or acts of crazy behavior from the players on court and watch to see who might be the next Kobe Bryant or Lebron James.
Rivalries of course, play a huge part in maintaining the NBA’s fan base. Rivalries between teams have long and illustrious histories, and rivalries between players play out like fast moving soap operas, leaving fans begging for the next episode.
Finally, of course, NBA games are traditionally held indoors. With Mother Nature prevented from causing discomfort, fans can comfortably watch games in a controlled environment. Even the youngest of fans can enjoy the games when they’re indoors.
The NBA is a behemoth in the world of competitive sports, with fans that are extremely loyal. Basketball is, and will continue to be, one of the world’s most fascinating sports to watch as well as one of the most active.
Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor indicate that out of approximately 5,000 high school basketball players only about one will actually play professional ball. This is probably a good indication as to why so many college and high school athletes turn to coaching. Coaching teams will allow a former player to stay involved with the sport. The statistics also show that college basketball is growing and is creating a requirement for additional coaches.
Becoming a college basketball coach is not an easy endeavor ” it takes a lot of patience and time. But here are a few pointers to help you on the path.
- Study coaches who are successful. Read books, watch programs and investigate via the Internet. For instance John Wooden’s book “Practical Modern Basketball” is one of the premier coaching books. Through watching games and interviews you can find out more information on how these successful coaches make choice, not only about the game, but about the players as well.
- Connect and network with coaches and players from the past. These contacts could provide you leads on potential coaching positions ” even before these positions are made public. Also keep in mind that coaching at smaller schools is a great starting point. Networking can also give you insights to training and techniques used by others.
- Go to clinics offered in your field. You will not only gain information on techniques and coaching, but it’s a great way to gain more contacts and network.
- Volunteer wherever you can. This can include elementary schools or community leagues and teams. You will be gaining coaching experience. Don’t forget about summer or off-season training camps. Your resume will become expanded through these experiences.
- Get a degree because in addition to coaching duties, you may be required to teach classes.
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