Uncontested Shots: Five More Things I’ve Learned About This NBA Season

November 30th, 2009 by Andrew Ungvari Leave a reply »
There are two kinds of NBA fans: Die-Hards and Casuals. The Casuals are those who are too consumed with the NFL and college football to care as much about the NBA as the Die-Hards do.

While Die-Hards consider the first preseason game the NBA's unofficial opening night, the Casuals think it's Christmas Day.

You can tell which camp you're in just by answering one simple question: Do you get your NBA information from someone else or does someone else get his or her NBA info from you?

The Die-Hards knew how special Brandon Jennings was before the second week in November. The Casuals didn't know who he was until they read Ian Thomsen's great piece in Sports Illustrated last week or Bill Simmons' Thanksgiving mailbag.

I hate to admit it, but the Die-Hards need the Casuals. Why? Because it validates the time and passion we Die-Hards spend poring over box scores in late October.

It's sort of like that indie band you knew about when they were only on pirate radio that's now one of the biggest bands in the world.

It's already December, and that means that we're just a few weeks away from the Casuals jumping on the NBA ba ...

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