I was first drawn to basketball because it is both an individual and a team sport. Basketball is fast moving and requires teamwork skills from every player. I credit basketball with improving my coordination and focus skills. The fast nature of the game means that not only you have to continuously anticipate the next actions of your opponents but also quickly develop strategies to make your plays.
Playing basketball is also a great way to spending time with friends while achieving exercise benefits at the same time. It also strengthens your friendships because winning in basketball demands selfless commitment to the team. This is why teams with great teamwork often beat those with individual stars who chase personal glories and records.
I am from Massachusetts so I was destined to be a fan of Boston Celtics. I was the happiest person on earth when Boston Celtics became the NBA Champions in 2008 by beating the Los Angeles Lakers. It was the first time in my life that my favorite team has become a National Champion. My mom told me that the last time Boston Celtics became National Champions before that was in 1986.
Kevin Garnett is my favorite player. Other than the fact that he helped Boston Celtics win the 2008 finals, I also admire him for his loyalty to his teams. Before coming to Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett spent 12 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves who picked him up in the 1995 NBA draft. Boston Celtics is his second team only over a career of more than fifteen years. This reveals the character of Kevin Garnett that he is not only a great player with impressive statistics but also a loyal team member.
I also love basketball because it is a great ambassador of America. Whenever I visit other countries, I find basketball to be the most popular American sport. Many people in other countries are great fans of NBA players and enjoy NBA games more than their national sports. Thus, basketball has a great potential to improve America’s image and promote its culture.