Ranking the Best Basketball Cities in the Country

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Ranking the Best Basketball Cities in the Country
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When it comes to ranking the best basketball cities in the country, it’s not all about market size and ticket sales. Rather, it’s about contribution to the game and promoting and encouraging the love of the sport.

Obviously, having an NBA star—or two, or a dozen—doesn’t hurt the cause either. Neither does hanging a few championship banners.

Additionally, successful college programs, heated rivalries, a passionate fanbase and a healthy streetball circuit all score points here.

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