Who/how got you into Bball?

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Who/how got you into Bball?

Just wanted to see what or who made yall wanna follow or play ball?

my dad (rip) was a huge Syracuse fan growing up. Screaming at the TV. He also coached me and my friends up till we got to HS. Took me to NBA games from 7+, i saw a lot of the Bullets when we had Webber and Rasheed. Rod Strickland was ill


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MJ retired for the first time when I was four, so the first non-Disney/talking animal movie VHS tapes I got were his career highlights. He came back in '95 and WGN was one of the few local stations that broadcast nationwide on basic cable, so you could watch most Bulls games and I was hooked.

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I was a little kid from

I was a little kid from Michigan, my father was a huge Magic Johnson fan, I Was like five maybe..so I started watching Magic and he was having so much fun out there so I wanted to play basketball..Then the Fab Five came with the baggy shorts, black socks and I REALLY wanted to play basketball..Those two..played high school and two years of college..started because of the fun Magic Johnson was having, I wanted that feeling...

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Older brother was into all

Older brother was into all kinda of sports. Football and Soccer especially. Was too expensive for me to go. Went to all his practices with him and coaches always let me play in the practices and could sneak into a few games here and there but never anything solid. Only thing I could join was my schools basketball program and a few community things. Nets are already up and I wanted to do something different didnt wanna follow my brothers trend. Got into it and loved it. A few summers where I hooped every day, honestly miss working on my game. I apply those same practices to all my current hobbies and work ventures.

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My brothers

but on a side note: I was a kid from the Chicago Suburbs who grew up in the 90's cheering for Orlando because I was a Shaq fan.

I was just a kid. I didn't know how good I had it with MJ in town... I was also a Cowboys fan instead of a Bears fan. Don't worry, I stopped being a bandwagon once I grew up.

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Thats pretty backwords, youve

Thats pretty backwords, youve got all the reason to not be a Bulls/Bears fan in 2019.

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I consider it

my punishment for not being a smarter kid lol

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My parents didn't know basketball

My parents were artists, and basketball didn't exist in their world. As a kid I played soccer and baseball, the sports of my dad's youth. I only played basketball in gym class, but around 13 realized that I was beating all the kids who played for the school. Even though i had never been coached or played organized ball, my dad convinced me to try out for high school. From that moment on, basketball has been the only consistent thing in my life, and I can honestly say that I have never loved anything or anyone as much as I love basketball. It is my life for the rest of my life.

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Sports Illustrated

I was 7 in 1992 and my dad subscribed to Sports Illustrated. Every year we got a year in sports VHS and I watched the 92 year with the Dream Team, Bulls, and Duke a hundred times. I was hooked.

I also remember a piece on NFL bust Tony Mandarich for some reason.

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Always enjoyed playing ball

Always enjoyed playing ball at recess in grade school and stuck with it throughout middle and high school playing all the time.

as for watching, around 1991/92 when I was 10/11 years old I started getting interested in the nba. Saw a laker game or two, then my moms boyfriend moved in and he was laker fan so it was way to spend time together and I just became an nba junkie, by 1992/93 season I hardly missed a laker game. Was buying nba vhs tapes and trading cards and whatever I could get my hands on.

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Grew up in Southern Cali and

Grew up in Southern Cali and started watching basketball in the mid-late 1980s. Magic and the showtime Lakers got me interested in the NBA. But what really got me interested in the game of basketball, both from a watching and playing standpoint, was college basketball....specifically the Big East. I rememeber CBS showing Big East games early Saturday morning. Games that included Georgetown, Seton Hall, Villanova, St. Johns, etc. However, I wasn't interested in any of those teams.......I was drawn to Syracuse. From that point on I have been a die hard Cuse fan. Only applied to one college coming out of high school, which took me fromm SoCal to central NY. Although I don't live anywhere near Syracuse now, Cuse games are always on my TV and my kids have become big fans of the Orange. In fact my daughter got to meet her favorite player (Tyus Battle) this year. It was an awesome experience that will likely shape her opnion and love of basketball moving forward.

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Growing up in Egypt,

Growing up in Egypt, Basketball isn't really popular although it is a "known" sport at least. I grew up as a die hard soccer fan with sports like handball, volleyball as other sports
I watched some local games in middle school around 2000, then watched games from world cup 2006, Eurobasket 2007 & 2008 Olympics. The final of 2007 Eurobasket was one of the best games I've ever watched and made me attached to the game.

In 2008, I've started playing NBA live 2008, loved to play with Mavs because of Dirk (I am big fan of German sports)
Later in the year, my dad passed away and it left me a little bit empty, wanted to try new things and watch things not common here, so I started watching the NBA as basketball was most logical choice after watching those inernational games before, and became Mavs fan

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my family were huge b ball

my family were huge b ball fans when i was a kid...i remember them trying to avoid the news so they wouldnt know the score of the lakers/76'ers finals in 1980..becuz back then the finals were shown on tape delay after the local news....as a kid i love watching players like dr. j,pistol pete and magic..they turned me into a fan of the sport...

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I am from Quebec, and competitive basketball here is pretty much non existent. I am gonna sound like a little fruit cake but one tree hill made me start playing basketball, I was about 11 at the time lmao. I really started watching basketball during the 2006-2007 playoffs, it was a hot summer down here and I couldn't sleep, so I'd stay up late and watching the games. Watching Wade win the championship with Shaq against Dirk is one of my foundest memories, I know I am young. That very summer I started looking through the upcoming players in the nextdraft and this is where I found this website, didn't start commenting right away, cause I knew nothing, but spent alot of times reading posts here and learning about the prospects. Got hooked and still here today.

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I didn't start as a

I didn't start as a basketball fan, I was a billiards fan watching Efren Reyes do his thing. Then, my parents bought me NBA Live 2003 and the rest was history. I started watching NBA back then but it wasn't until 2004 that I started rooting for the Heat.

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IDK about basketball since my last year in gradeschool, although growing up I hear people talk about our local league and MJ would burn anyone who face him in the finals. My freshman year, my classmates always talks about the emergence of VC and AI that time and Kobe so I get interested, and don't get to watch many NBA games or known a specific NBA player at that time only MJ. I started watching our local leagues since we don't have cable ( a provider that has an NBA chanel) at that time.

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I'm from a small town, and

I'm from a small town, and high school sports were everything there; especially basketball. I started watching those LeBron cavs, melo nuggets, nash suns, and dwight magic, and I was in love with the game. I finally got a hoop up in my drive way around 5th grade, and I was in love. That's all I did from 5th-9th grade was shoot outside. All that hardwork has paid off, and I'm now enjoying DII ball.

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I got into basketball fairly

I got into basketball fairly young, and it was totally just happenstance. My family had just moved to Hawaii, and we weren't too familiar with american television, so I was scrolling through the channels (mostly looking for Super Sentai, or One Piece) I ended up on a basketball game, it was the denver nuggets, Carmello Anthony's Rookie year, the game mezmerized me, it was absoultely majestic, and from the first moment I saw it, I was in love.

After that moment I had to learn more, and more, and I began to read about the history of basketball, and the NBA, I started to learn about the players and the culture, and have been that way ever since. Also despite saying Carmello's nuggets above, Andre Miller was my favorite player. The nuggets are still my favorite team, and I'm still very into basketball, which admittedly baffles many of my friends, since its very different than my usual interets. I really wished I grew to be taller, so I could've played basketball myself, but alas, it doesn't detract from my love of the game.

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Trying to beat my brother at

Trying to beat my brother at everything. He liked Michael Jordan., whom I thought just dunked. So, I liked the Laker’s best dunker at the time. Byron Scott. What? Byron Scott? Yep, Byron Scott. My favorite Laker turned into my least favorite coach.

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Just started playing in the

Just started playing in the mid 80s as a kid in Australia, no reason other than our school had a team. Was into watching Isiah Thomas then first playoff series I watched in full was the Lakers Bulls finals. Played high school then a level that was our national 3rd tier back then (where teams may have had one American import getting paid, everyone else on the squad just amateurs). Stopped in 1997. Played some rec league in about 2003 and since then, hadn't played until about 3 weeks ago.. filled in for an old teammates rec league team .. what was I thinking! it's so hard doing that at 41 after such a break..

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6th grade

I started playing for my 6th grade team. Our coach was also my homeroom teacher and he got me into it. I remember the first basket I made in an actual game. It was from the right side elbow. The reaction of the crowd and my dad was awesome and I was hooked for life. Went on to play in one form or another for the rest of my life. As a working guy now, I always find other guys at work who love the game, and we usually get a game going on the weekend or sometimes after work. Crazy how a game can be such a persistent, and significant, force throughout one's life.

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Cool stories guys. Crazy how

Cool stories guys. Crazy how a game can mean so much to us

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Jason Kidd

Growing up in NJ I had the luxury of watching those early 2000's Jason Kidd/Kenyon Martin NJ Nets teams. Got me to fall in love with the sport.

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I was always the biggest kid

I was always the biggest kid so basketball was natural for me in Brazil. Once I started playing I felt in love and reached continental level, but suddenly I was not tall enough to play. Still remember when I found one of my teammates here in this site, as the 18th best international prospect from '86; this was the reason I started following nbadraft.net

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