So you’ve cut the cord, and want to know how you can keep up with LeBron James’ latest drama (err, on-court performances).
No worries! Luckily for NBA fans, watching your favorite teams is a lot easier than you might think. Need your Kobe fix without paying for cable? We’ve got the connection. Want to see if Derek Rose’s knees are still made of gingerbread, but don’t want to spend the dough on satellite TV? Yep, this article is for you. Since the season is just starting, we thought it would be a great time to share a few all-star suggestions for how to watch NBA without cable.
Grab a front-row ticket with NBA League Pass
So close you can practically smell the unwashed jerseys. NBA League Pass has been the standard for NBA die-hards, and it’s easily accessible from tons of devices.
You can watch 5 of your favorite teams for $150, or watch all 30 teams for a one-time payment of $199. That boils down to roughly $25 a month (just during the season) if you go for the full package, which is reasonable for the features offered. NBA League Pass provides access to live games, video highlights and stats on all available platforms including PCs, laptops, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android Tablet, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita and Sony Blu-Ray.
Fire up the NBA schedule and find out where/when your favorite teams are playing
This section is for your reference only. As you can tell by first glance, NBA League Pass dominates this arena, but occasionally you’ll find some network games — though they aren’t as frequent as in years past. Be sure to fire up your Mohu HDTV antenna for the annual Christmas Day NBA games, which traditionally showcase the best the league has to offer.
Want to add an extra kick to your NBA experience?
NBA Game Time is a beast. This big-bodied bruiser of an app can be used as either a free extension to your NBA streaming or, if you’re a League Pass subscriber, a mobile gamecenter. Admittedly, this app runs better on Android devices than iOS, as evidenced by the user reviews. (Hey, we’re being honest here!)
Some features of the NBA Game Time app include:
- Game recaps and team videos
- Live stats, scores, and schedules for every NBA game
- Live press conferences and highlights from around the league
- Team rosters, follow league leaders and get the latest league news
- Customized Alerts: Excitement Notifications for big moments, Threshold Notifications to follow your favorite player as they break personal records and Game Alerts so you never miss a moment
- Social buzz with live twitter streams for each game
- Customizable to feature your favorite team
Neat huh? Courtside tickets with Jack Nicholson not included.
Go Big or Go Home
Okay, you’ve made it to the championship game but aren’t going to be satisfied until you bring home a ring. Here are a few apps to solidify your championship-caliber NBA fan experience:
Useful for more than just the NBA, TheScore has been a golden standard (dare I say, a “Slam Dunk”?) for sports nuts. You’ll get alerts, player profiles and more stats than you can possibly digest for pro sports across the globe. This is a statistician’s dream app, and you can get it here for Android and here for iOS devices.
Yahoo Fantasy Basketball
We’re well aware of the reality of fantasy sports. But if you’re a die-hard fan, you’re eager to eat up statistics from any source to use as bragging rights against your buddies. As such, Yahoo Fantasy Basketball is one of the best sources for general basketball knowledge. It’s an excellent sports hub if you’re looking to stay up on the latest news, but also a great way to interact with friends and fantasy foes alike.
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