Sunday, March 6, 2011

Top 10 takeaways from the NBA's UK Adventure

On the off chance that you've been paying enough attention to either the NBA or international affairs, you might have noticed that the league played two regular season games, between the Raptors and the Nets, this weekend in London. As always, we've got what you need to know about it, all in a handy list.

10) The teams liked playing in London so much, they insisted in playing 63 minutes in the finale instead of 48

9) Andrea Bargnani can only achieve double-digit rebounds while playing in Europe

8) On some level, one has to suspect that the NBA did this just to make British people have to try to understand Avery Johnson

7) People in Europe are going to continue to be under the delusion that Sasha Vujacic is good or something

6) Just like at Nets games in the States, most spectators were more interested in seeing the people sitting close to the game, rather than the people who were playing in the game

5) With the sweep, the Nets definitively moved ahead of the Raptors in the all-important race to finish 12th in the East

4) Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov enjoyed having his commute to games cut down to six hours on his private jet

3) Since the games were at a neutral site, players were booed and cheered in roughly equal measure, confusing the Nets players, who aren't used to any noise at all during their games

2) The public address announcer had to explain many basic rules of the game to the crowd, and the Raptors

1) At some point, somone really needs to explain why American major league sports continue to feel like it's OK to export terrible regular season games to London

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