Even though the National Basketball Association is in the midst of a lockout over a labor dispute, there are still plenty of Facebook pages basketball fans can follow to stay up to date on their favorite teams and players.
We’re hoping the NBA follows in the footsteps of the National Football League with the league and owners coming to an agreement before the first real deadline of the 2011 through 2012 season in mid-September, so follow these pages to stay in the know.
Official League Page
The NBA has an official page on Facebook with news, its Twitter feed, and access to the NBA Store and other NBA Facebook pages from around the world. The more than 10 million fans can check in to each game with NBA Turnstile on Facebook where they can chat with other fans, win tickets and merchandise, and earn badges.
Blogs And Print
TrueHoop is ESPN.com’s NBA blog with a team of writers, but it also has 30 affiliated independent blogs covering each team as part of the TrueHoop Network. Follow recent articles covering all things NBA from Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie blog, which provides an RSS feed to the Facebook page.
Though Bill Simmons covers all sports for ESPN, the writer and radio host knows basketball well. He wrote The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy, a bestseller in 2009. His Facebook page links to his “B.S. Report” podcast and his ESPN.com columns along with Grantland.com, his newest undertaking that covers sports and pop culture.
A group of college friends started a successful NBA blog and weekday video/audio podcast called The Basketball Jones. It’s a nice mix of analysis and humor and you can stream the podcast on the Facebook page.
Slam brings fans face to face with their favorite players with feature articles and videos. The Facebook page has a cover archive and a list of the top kicks featured in the monthly magazine that has combined basketball and hip-hop culture since 1994.
Dime is another basketball lifestyle magazine with a strong Facebook presence. It’s a daily destination for news and rumors from around the NBA. Or, Hoop magazine is the NBA’s official lifestyle magazine and has daily updates on its Facebook page.
Love them or hate them, the NBA on TNT crew provides plenty of entertainment and has added another outspoken personality in Shaquille O’Neal this year. The Facebook page provides behind-the-scenes photos and videos.
NBA on ESPN brings you national coverage of your favorites teams all season long. The Facebook page also follows the NBA on ESPN RV Tour, which is a traveling fanfest that goes on-site at more than 36 NBA games during the season.
Readers, what are your favorite sports pages on Facebook?