It’s fast. It’s exciting. It requires loads of skill.
The NBL basketball competition in Australia is going from strength to strength.
The Sydney team, the Kings, play all their home games at the Sydney Entertainment Centre – otherwise known on game day as the ‘Kingdome.'
Coached by ex-champion player, Shane Heal, the Kings are always competitive, always exciting.
The Kings have just brought in an incredible new recruit from the NBA, ‘Slamming’ Sam Young.
It is in my humble, but nonetheless firm opinion that basketball is the perfect spectator sport.
• The ball is big so you can easily follow it around. When they score, the ball is usually not in the player’s hands; again meaning you can see it.
• The players are also big. Some are absolute giants at around 7 foot tall.
• The play is fast, and those guys are skillful. What they can do is mind-boggling. They make it look easy, yet their skills have taken years to perfect. Whether it’s potting a three-pointer or a thrilling slam-dunk, it’s great entertainment.
• The court is small compared to other ball sports, and the crowd is close to the action.
• It is played indoors, therefore this sport is never affected by weather conditions.
The screen keeps you up-to-date with the important stats
There are more reasons to love the NBL and the Sydney Kings. The big screen shows the action, the scores and other details of the game; including the fouls and time outs used by each team, and the Shot Clock lets you know how long each team has left to take a shot at the basket.
The announcer keeps the fans revved up throughout the match, and explains refereeing calls.
The cheerleaders keep the entertainment happening
The gorgeous cheerleaders are there as well as the mascot: the cheeky Sydney Kings Lion.
Lots of competitions and entertainment
There are always competitions for spectators, as well as a ‘kiss cam’ and other forms of entertainment, never letting the pace to die down for a moment.
Ex-players attend every match, as well as a few celebrities.
You will probably spot a celebrity or former basketball legend in the crowd.
After the game, the Sydney Kings players spend time on the court signing autographs. Not many other sports give you the chance to meet the stars after each game. It gives the fans a genuine connection with the players.
Singers entertain before the match or at half time.
There is never a dull moment.
And from just $15 a ticket, basketball is great value sports entertainment.
The NBL competition is played from October to March, and the Kings have 14 home games at the Kingdome.
Where: Sydney Entertainment Centre
Why: Exciting entertainment
Cost: From $15 a game
When: The NBL season goes from October to March