Courtside Views from Every NBA Arena

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Courtside Views from Every NBA Arena
Courtside at an NBA game? These guys say "hell yeah!" (Courtesy USA Today Sports Images, HT @BrianMFloyd)

With television coverage at its zenith, with multiple angles and instant replay and HD footage, we like to think the best seat to an NBA game is the one in our living room.

But who of us wouldn't jump off that chair like Usain Bolt hearing a starter's pistol if someone offered us courtside tickets to watch our favorite team?

Since Larry Bird and Magic Johnson raised the public consciousness of the NBA, courtside ticket prices have raised accordingly. For example, in 1979, floor seats to a Los Angeles Lakers game cost a mere $15. Today, those same seats have a face value of $2,750. So a season ticket on the floor, which includes preseason, will set you back in the neighborhood of $120,000.

It's a wonder Jack Nicholson can even afford them.

So unless you're among the scant privileged few to whom a celebrity, dignitary or mogul has extended a ticket—reminiscent of God reaching out to Adam—you'll never get as close to the hardwood as you'll get on the next 30 slides.

NOTE: I'll attempt to list how much seats cost, but many franchises keep their high-end floor seat prices private. Unless I got information from the team or the NBA itself, or a reasonably current newspaper, I called the price "estimated." So let's make this interactive: If you have information on a courtside seat price that supersedes what's contained herein, and you can provide credible proof (in the form of a link), I'll amend my number and give you credit in the article.

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