15 Reasons College Basketball Will Always Be Better Than The NBA
Always has been, always will be.
1. The Cathedrals.
Most college basketball teams don't play in arenas named after airlines, banks and cell phone companies. They play places like Cameron Indoor, Assembly Hall, Phog Allen Fieldhouse and Pauley Pavilion — courts so filled with history and tradition it's like playing a game in a national monument. The fans aren't corporate season ticket owners and celebrities. The seats and bleachers — yes, bleachers — are filled with students, alumni and locals who support the hometown team. These gyms are basketball meccas. Places fans dream of visiting before they die. No one says that about the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
2. The Rivalries.
3. The Villains.
Who is the biggest villain in the NBA? LeBron James? Dwight Howard? Metta World Peace? Honestly, who cares? World Peace fought an entire arena and no one cares anymore. All seven diehard Cleveland Cavalier fans have moved on from whole LeBron ordeal. Howard is a whiny nuisance, not a villain. Meanwhile in college, one of the best players in the country has served jail time, been caught with cocaine, and parties with fans after games. The head coach of one of the most historic programs in the country leaves recruiting violations everywhere he goes and may actually go into selling snake oil as a second career.
4. The Stressed-Out Fans.
5. The Weird Fans.
6. The Old Fans.
7. Gus Johnson.
8. Bill Raftery.
9. The Coaches.
Unlike the NBA where coaches are ego-managers who are discarded like egg shells whenever a temperamental player is unhappy with the offense, college coaches are king. People like Tom Izzo and Jim Boeheim build programs, recruit teams and build chemistry. Most importantly, they actually coach — which could only be said for about a handful of guys in the NBA.
10. The End-Of-The-Bench Goofballs.
These guys are practice players who will never collect a play check for playing basketball, but each show more enthusiasm than twenty multi-millionaires sitting at the end of the bench in the NBA.
11. The Bands.
Need I say more?