Last Friday, April 13th 2012, I watched my first NBA Game, it was between the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks. Being an exchange student from The Netherlands, I had never heard of the NBA and I knew nothing about basketball either. However, I live in a house with all American students, and I could not escape their conversations about the NBA. They all sounded very excited and they told us that we had to watch one NBA game before we go home. Watching a game was high on our American to do list and therefore me and my friend decided to go watch a NBA game ourselves. Some housemates offered to come with us so that they could explain the rules. I was intrigued by the massiveness of the event- there where thousands of people yelling and cheering for their team. There were cheerleaders (Ok I know that doesn’t sound noticeable for you guys, but I am not used to cheerleaders at games), there where fire flames and in the breaks we got an amazing performance from the Harlem Globetrotters. I am not going to try to give a complete game analysis (since I am far from an expert in this field;)). I really enjoyed watching the game and I learned a lot about basketball. For example, that there is a European and an American, NBA, style of play. I also found out that basketball is for Americans what soccer is for Europeans. This made me think about the cultural meanings of sports. In lecture, we talked about the cultural meaning of the Olympic Games. Sport and games bring people together and the only way to describe that feeling of “togetherness” is by actually being part of it. I really enjoyed watching a NBA game and it definitely completed my American experience, I am glad my housemates convinced me to go. I learned a lot about American culture by going to an NBA game. Since this was such an interesting experience for me, I wonder if there are American students with the same experiences. Have you ever been to a sports game/ event in a foreign country, and how have you experienced that?
The internationals right before the game