One of the most exhilarating aspects of the NBA, doesn't even involve the gameplay itself.
Pre-game vignettes of the various teams are always a sight to behold. The orchestrated blend of music, video, and pyrotechnics come to life in a stunning spectacle created to introduce the home team.
The fans come roaring to life, as their favorite players are introduced right before their very eyes.
At the same time, the spectacle will utterly intimidate any fans who dare to represent the away team.
Some cities do it better than others though, as the teams on this list all have one of the best pre-game rituals found within the league. It wouldn't be fair to judge one over the other, so you can decide who ultimately has the best opening theatrics.
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Los Angeles doesn't use fireworks, flames, or other gimmicks along those lines. A franchise as legendary as the Lakers doesn't need to advertise itself like other teams, as the giant drape serves Staples Center quite well.
Unlike other pre-game intros, the Lakers have almost a calming, soothing entrance to themselves.The Lakers know that they will win that night, and so do the fans. Lawrence Tanter calmly introduces The Showtime Boys, as there is no need to be obnoxious about it.
From Kobe Bryant, to Phil Jackson, to even the Los Angeles fans, it's all about being calm, classy, and all business.
The Motor City Bad Boys couldn't care less about being classy, in a city that couldn't care less about the glitz and glamour.
It's all about tradition, being tough, and old school fundamental work ethic in Detroit.
Easily the most recognizable public address announcer within the NBA, John Mason pumps up the crowd like no other NBA announcer can. He can nearly win games for the Pistons with his voice alone, deeply intimidating other wannabe announcers across the league.
Let's not forget about those scorching hot, Piston flames either. The opposing team can just feel the heat barking at them, just waiting for the Pistons to deliver the bite.
Recently, Disney World has become one of the most difficult places to play in. No other venue has been quite as loud, intimidating, and down right dreadful for opposing teams.
As the 09 Finals head back to Orlando within a couple days, people across the world will be truly amazed at how well the Magic are introduced.
From the ruckus Orlando fans banging away at their noise makers, to when "Dwight Ignites" as explosives vibrate Amway Arena, the Magic can easily make the claim of having the pre-game best intro of the year.
Not only do the Magic have one, but two Stuff The Magic Dragons ascending from the sky. Orlando no doubt possess tough match up problems, as two green "Magic" dragons are a lethal for anybody.
Lets not forget about the Magic smoke shooting out, or the echoes of Magic players the opposing team must endure.
No entrance within the NBA is more heart-stopping than those of the Celtics.
Last year, The Celtics had arguably the best pre-game vignette in NBA history. Who could forget Kevin Garnett screaming in rage as Celtic flames scorched throughout T.D. Banknorth Garden.
This year Boston has done away with the flames, and traded away Clint Mansell's Requiem For A Dream for X Ray Dog's Dark Empire Remix.
The thundering of the sounds emphasized by marching lights, signals the entrance for the most successful NBA franchise in history. Tradition comes together with all things anew, as X Ray Dog's epic sounds are fused together with 50 Cent & Justin Timberlake's "Ayo Technology" Instrumental.
As Paul Pierce screams "Let me feeeeel it", thousands of Celtic fans scream to The Truth's attention. A bloody death call for any opposing team.
One passion, one hope, and one dream expressed in the Cavalier's pre-game theme.
Cleveland didn't achieve their ultimate mission, but they sure looked great coming out before each game.
The Quicken Loans Arena was rocked with fire, flames, and smoke as each of the city's heroes were introduced. No other team used as much pyro as Cleveland, from sparkles raining down to explosives rocking the Q like LeBron James himself.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers came out to Nas' "Hero" Instrumentals, as thousands of the Cleveland faithful came to support the King.