Wednesday, October 29, 2008

NBA's best cities/arenas

With the NBA season tipping off last night, I started thinking about the best arenas/cities in the league.

At the top of the list would be Los Angeles (Lakers), NYC, Chicago, Dallas, PHX, Toronto, and San Antonio.

A couple of thoughts:

-- Boston/TD Banknorth Garden: Rich tradition, historic city, big stage, and some of the most knowledgeable fans in the league.
-- Utah/EnergySolutions Arena: Passionate fans who get intensely loud.

-- LA Lakers/Staples: Terrific atmosphere, big stage.
-- Dallas/AAC: Great building, great show, lots of energy.
-- Golden State/Oracle Arena: Incredible fans who really love their team.
-- Detroit/The Palace: Loyal, knowledgeable fans.

-- Conseco Fieldhouse/Indy: Cool old-school feel in the heart of basketball country.

-- New York/MSG: Love the soul and heritage of the Garden; fans can be as tough on the Knicks as their opponent.

-- Chicago/United Center: Always one of my favorite cities; sell-out crowd every night.

-- Oklahoma City/Ford Center: Had a unique college atmosphere when the Hornets played there; friendly fans.