The case against courtside Bulls seats

Save your cash and sit with the real fans.

You don’t buy courtside seats to an NBA game. No, they are given to you by a CEO, a Pritzker, a game-show host or your Hollywood agent. Via my girlfriend’s boss, I came into possession of a Bulls floor seat in January. The first thing that strikes you, during the shoot-around, is the freakish proportions of pro ballers. That and how ugly their shoes are. But there’s a reason they don’t put the TV cameras on the ground: At close range, basketball is a muddled blur of colorful synthetic fabrics and muscles. As a tactics junkie, I missed seeing the pick-and-roll develop in the offense, the movements in a zone D. Hell, I just missed seeing the other end of the court. Instead, I got to see the sweaty back of the Mavericks’ Vince Carter, repeatedly, as he chucked up ill-advised threes. These fold-out chairs are for the paparazzi and tattoo spotters—for watching celebrities, not a sport. I’ll take a cushioned seat for hundreds of dollars less (courtside tix will cost you $1,050–$2,500) and watch the dance of Xs and Os, thank you.

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