FREE AGENT FAN: My Quest to Find an NBA Team (I Need Your Help)

Matt SchaeferCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2009

I have finally been hooked by the NBA.

I didn’t think it would ever happen. I have always detested the NBA for as long as I could remember.

My stance was swayed though after watching a college basketball game and then a NBA game following it. 

I realized what a bunch of freaks the players are in the NBA. Sure I liked college ball more because of the team play and defense, but after watching a few games I realized what a great game the NBA is.

The players are top of the line athletes and are as good as the game in general. Sure defense isn’t always there, but who wants to watch defense anymore anyways? Give me dunks, fadeaways, and buzzer-beaters. I want to see some offense! 

That then gave me a new problem, I need a team to root for.

It is just the way I am. I can’t just follow a league without a team to root for. I need something to associate myself with. I might need some help.

Well for starters, the only NBA team in the Western Conference that I will follow is the Phoenix Suns.

I hate the Lakers (and Kobe) and the start times for game are way too late for me, seeing as I live on the West Coast.

The Suns I would follow because the games I have seen of them I really loved the way they played. Plus, they have five games on national television that have a start time before 10:00 PM (eastern). If I can stay up a few days, I can watch nine games of the Suns down the stretch in total.

Only nine games though? I might need to do better than that. 

Now I start looking at teams close to me.

Toronto and Cleveland are the closest cities with teams to me from my Buffalo, New York home. 

I personally don’t want to support a Canadian team (nothing against Canada, I just don’t want to do it, especially my hatred for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the Bills in Toronto). 

Cleveland though has one of the best players in the league, LeBron James. The Cavs are the team I have actually been watching the most and they really interest me with their play. They have 12 games on national television that I can watch on TV, with only one starting at 10:30 PM.    

Looking at the standing though, Cleveland is the second best team in the East and I don’t want to be considered a bandwagon fan (the worst kinds of fans).

If I jump on board with the Cavs now, and officially announce myself as a Cleveland fan, would I be considered a bandwagon fan?  If so, I’m out. 

So how about the New York-area teams. The New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets.

Both teams I can watch regularly on the channels MSG and YES that I get on my TV lineup.

The Nets have one of my favorites Vince Carter, but he is aging. They also have young players like Devin Harris and Yi Jianlian that I can watch for years to come.  If they still had my favorite player, Jason Kidd, on the team it would be an easy decision. 

The Knicks are a team I can get behind now after some of the soap opera ways have gone from the team this year (all except for Starbury). Nate Robinson, Wilson Chandler, and Chris Duhon are all players I can root for. 

I don’t know if I want to root for a New York City team though.

So that brings me now to Orlando.

After watching Dwight Howard in a few games and the slam dunk contest for the second year in a row, I realized how great he is. One of the best players in the NBA, just a freak of nature. 

His personality is a plus for me too.

Orlando is a team I can see myself getting behind. It is a team I can watch every now and then. Although they only have five national televised games I can watch. That might not be enough.

Becoming a bandwagon fan could also come into play with the Magic too though.

This is where I need help for the fans of these teams (or even other teams); can someone convince me one way or the other?

I have it narrowed down to the following teams (in no order, with some of the strong points):

  • Orlando Magic (Dwight Howard)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (Lebron James, 12 national televised games)
  • New York Knicks (Nate Robinson, Can watch most if not all games)
  • New Jersey Nets (Vince Carter, Can watch most if not all games)
  • Phoenix Suns (Love the way they play, Steve Nash, Shaq, nine national televised games)

I am a passionate fan and I will always get behind my team. As a free agent fan signing, I will bring the best that my "fandom" can bring to a team‘s fan base. 

I just need to know what team to get behind.

I need some help from you, the fans of these teams. This is a big decision in my life as a sports fan. I need your help.

If you would like to help the cause, write a comment below, or send over an e-mail to Your help is greatly appreciated.