I read recently that the two fastest growing sports in Canada are soccer and basketball. I wasn’t surprised about soccer, but the fact that participation in basketball is growing in leaps and bounds took me a little by surprise. It makes sense that parents are putting their kids in basketball rather than hockey as it is cheaper (much less equipment) and less chance of kids getting concussions or head injuries. This growth is happening despite the fact that we only have one NBA team in the entire country.
This weekend you have a rare chance to see an NBA game in Montreal. Yes, it is a preseason game, but will feature players you know and others who are trying to make the team so it should be high calibre nonetheless. There is a huge range of ticket prices so you can find something that is affordable enough to take the entire family.
The Boston Celtics are the more popular team. They have more of a history and a winning one. Exciting point guard Rajon Rondo is still rehabbing from a serious knee injury suffered last season, but there are still other players to keep an eye on. Most intriguing is rookie Kelly Olynyk, a high draft choice from Gonzaga who is Canadian. Other players to watch are Kim Kardashian’s ex Kris Humphries, veteran Gerald Wallace and defensive stalwart Brandon Bass.
As they don’t quite have the history or the winning history of the Celtics, the Timberwolves of Minnesota are probably the lesser known team participating in this preseason game. Do not mistake that for them being a weak team. They have quite a few good players with the best being forward/center Kevin Love. Love is a rebounding machine who is also a good scorer. He is so highly thought of that he was on the great U.S. team that won a gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012. There is also guard and former Dallas Maverick Jose Barea, guard Ricky Rubio, forward Corey Brewer, guard Kevin Martin, and forward Derrick Williams.
-Date: October 20, 2013
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $20.00, $43.00, $55.00, $65.00, $75.00, $95.00, $135.00, $165.00, $191.00, $266.00, $366.00, $516.00 (plus handling charges)
-Game Time: 6:00 p.m.