What should fans know about watching
There are two types of basketball teams: those that are built around a single star player, and those that have a group of players of more or less equal ability. The secret to understanding a basketball game is to watch the game in a way that depends on the types of teams that are playing.
When the offensive team (the team with the ball) has a star player who is good enough to dominate the game, the defensive team must use a strategy in which the star is covered by two defensive players at the same time. (We say that the star is "double-teamed".) This means that the other four offensive players will be covered less tightly, which creates an imbalance. It is this imbalance that sets the tone for the game.
In such a case, when the star's team has the ball, make a point of watching the other four offensive players. Notice what they do to take advantage of their situation, and see if you can analyze how they maneuver themselves into a position in which they will be free to get the ball and try to score.
When the offensive team does not have a star player, the players must be more cohesive and use better teamwork, because they can't depend on simply feeding the ball to one person. When you watch a game of this type, don't concentrate on individual players. Look at the team as a whole and the pattern they create as they play. Notice the ways in which all five offensive players work together as a unit.
When you watch a basketball game in this way by looking for patterns and analyzing the strategy you will be thinking about the action in the same way as the players do as they are playing, and your enjoyment as a fan will be increased. This is because, instead of concentrating only on individual players or simply following the ball, you will be watching the game.
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