The NBA is a curious entity. The new basketball season opens to little fanfare in contrast with the chorus of hosannas that ring out on Week One of the NFL season. The playoff chases pale in comparison to MLB’s wild, and sometimes legendary, Septembers. Even the postseason is largely uninteresting until the final two rounds. It seems basketball is a sport primarily for hardcore fans.
In fairness, sports fans have plenty of choices during the late fall and winter. The NHL (normally) is grinding along and football games - college and NFL- air all week. Furthermore, the football hype machine runs nonstop on ESPN between NFL Live, College Game Day, and segments on SportsCenter. And after two quiet months, February and March, baseball starts in earnest.