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How the Internet Changed Basketball

February 09, 2019 AT 12:00 AM

The game is more accessible today than ever before

It has never been easier to watch and learn the game of basketball. Modern technology has placed the knowledge and wisdom of basketball elders within the grasp of our fingertips. Legendary coaches and renowned trainers alike post videos and essays online, explaining how certain moves work or expounding the virtues of a preferred set offense.

In the past, basketball knowledge largely travelled by word of mouth. If you wanted to pick up the game, you had to join a team and hope for a good coach or teammates. If you wanted to learn the game on your own, you were stuck with the rare instructional book or video from the library or the dynamics of the playground, where more experienced players might see fit to impart their skills to you once in a while.
In fact, even celebrated players and smooth moves were often just the subject of hearsay. You might hear about a particularly crafty dribbling move or finish at the basket and you might see a half-hearted or pedestrian replication of it on the blacktops, but your ability to re-conjure the move was confined by your own imagination.

Today, things could not be more different. Fans have the opportunity to follow basketball on an unprecedented scale. For instance, you could watch every available NBA game on League Pass, even a regular season match-up between two ordinary teams. Every single move or highlight can be replayed endlessly as you figure out the best way to incorporate it within your arsenal.

Thus, young players nowadays have hardly any excuse not to work on their game on a 24/7 basis. With the know-how and subtle nuances you can pick up online, there is currently an accelerated track to progress in basketball. For the truly passionate, there is no time like the present to be a student of the game.

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