Over the years, Basketball has evolved from a classic to a more modernized sport. For example, things changed from perimeter two-point shooting to long distance 3-point shooting; from simple layups to well maneuvered alley hoops and artistic dunking. Last but not least, apparel: It started from above the knee shorts to longer below the knee shorts.
Basketball continues to drive its audience off their seats. No wonder it has already landed its name among the most famous sports ever.
Basketball is so popular that almost every country in Asia, Europe and USA play the sport. Almost every individual knows how to play the sport. I have seen people playing indoors and outdoors so many times, but it is mostly played outdoors along the streets. Special sports gear, except for the ball and basket, is not even a requirement for a person to play the game.
I will list some of the top reasons why basketball solidified its name almost all over the world.
1. It is attainable and not expensive.
Basketball is very much affordable. All you need is a ball and a basketball court with a rim. The ball does not cost that much, unless you would want to buy expensive ones as used by the pros. You can have different options when it comes to the prices. On the other hand, finding a basketball court is not a problem either. There are lots of schools and communities who open their gates for individuals who want to play the game. When it comes to sports gear, you do not need to buy expensive shoes or clothing. Just start to play the game with the things you already use. Some people actually play the game with bare foot or slippers. However, shoes are advisable for players to use to avoid any injuries. Feet play an essential role in playing the game.
2. Readily Accessible.
Like I said, basketball can be played anywhere. If you are unable to utilize the courts in both public and private schools, there are a lot more social communities who provide them. Some local governments try to establish public sports arenas for everyone to enjoy. If you want to play, all you need to do is to go to the nearest basketball court available in your community or your local basketball club.
3. You can play along with some other individuals.
This is the most exciting part. Basketball enables you to play with 5 or more friends all at the same time. Many other sports can be played only by two or four individuals. In this case you go tired and bored in waiting for your turn. In basketball, you can have great chances of playing all the time.
4. Easy to learn Basketball Fundamentals.
As long as you know how to dribble with the ball and shoot, you can already play the basics of the game. Dribbling is so easy to learn, you can even learn it by just watching how it is done. Shooting is also easy to perform, although you need a lot of practice to hit it like the pros. Simply throw the ball into the ring and watch it sink in. Another one is defense. Who says that playing defense is difficult? If you are playing against a good player, maybe it is. However, its fundamentals are easy to execute. You just have to stand in front of a player, use your body to block his way, and use your arm in a legal way to prevent him from shooting or passing the ball.
Of course, what I am talking about are more on the fundamentals. It would be a little different when you play a higher level of basketball game. However, what I am trying to stress out is that the skills that a person should learn in order to play basketball can be easily learned while having fun at the same time.
5. Rules are simple.
Recreational “at the park” Basketball has simple rules. In most cases it is limited to the basic dribbling rules and avoiding any form of hard body contact when a player is in the act of shooting. These rules are very simple and easy to understand and this is what makes the sport so cool to play with your friends on warm evenings. It’s so much fun.
6. Accessible basketball camps or clinics.
If you want to learn more about the sport and improve your basketball skills, you can attend basketball camps or clinics. They are available and basically open for everyone. These camps provide excellent tutors who can help you polish your shooting, dribbling, and other basketball abilities. Before signing in on a clinic make sure to pay attention to the overall skill level.
7. Televised worldwide.
One of the exciting part is that you can see it everywhere. It is, actually, what people see in televisions that inspires them to play the game. Many leagues are being covered by many television sports channel such as the NBA, WNBA, collegiate basketball, Olympics, and many other local basketball games. Even if you are not playing, you can still experience the game by watching them in televisions from the comforts of your homes.
8. It is full of fun!
Basketball provides a whole lot of fun. You are able to socialize and meet other people with similar interests to yours. It is always fun to meet likeminded people.
I consider basketball popular not because everybody plays it, but why everybody loves to play it. By thinking about the reasons above, you can easily see why basketball is being considered to be a popular sport among the others.