Why Every Real NBA Fan Should Experience A Game Overseas
NBA basketball is exciting, that's no news flash.
After all, the diversity amongst the players, the fast pace, the high flying acrobatics and the like are all elements of the game every fan has long cherished.
At its most entertaining point, it seems like nothing could make the game any better, that is until you experience it in a different way.
Courtesy of Delta Air Lines, a partner of the New York Knicks, Elite Daily was able to witness the NBA Global Games matchup between the Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks in London.
There was only one conclusion to draw from the trip: Every die hard basketball fan needs to witness the NBA experience overseas.
There are a number of perks that come with watching an NBA game outside of the US that just can't be experienced at any one of the league's 30 cities in the states.
For starters, you're marrying the experience of exploring a new city and culture...
With a sport you love
And that's brilliant, because it means...
You'll be amazed by the feel of a European venue, like the O2 Arena
There are very few arenas in the NBA that have a classic feel, so every venue is basically competing over which can be cooler and there's nothing cooler than the spaceship that is the O2 Arena.
You'll also realize that it makes perfect sense to make the inside of arenas look like a mall, only with a diverse group of restaurants instead of shops
...Which means you'll have the option of ordering a real meal before the game instead of overpriced chicken fingers and fries
Though they have those, too.
Try your hand at bowling before the opening tip... Why not?
But the real fun, of course, was all inside
Where the fans are guaranteed to provide a great atmosphere
Even when the game's not the most intense, you get the feel that the novelty of the occasion means the crowd reacts with an extra level of enthusiasm.
The league reciprocates and greets that love with their best ambassadors
While the game itself attracts legends of English sport too
Yes, Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba also dig the NBA.
Who says soccer players don't like basketball?
Oh, and that's Cesc Fabregas to Henry's left, for you fútbol novices.
And when it's all said and done, you'll have a whole new city to explore
Which is great, because you'll find plenty of places to take your next selfie in front of
So there's no way you won't walk away with a legendary photo for your Instagram timeline.
Don't be embarrassed, the Selfie Stick is (very) trendy out there too!
It'll give you a reason to dress more "extravagantly" than you usually do
And you might just run into royalty
But most of all...
It's more convenient than you think
With Delta Air Lines offering nine flights a day between New York and London, there are plenty of opportunities to make your trip across the pond as convenient as possible, while Delta's Sky Miles program will make it rewarding, too.
The travel definitely comes with its perks
Of course, if you're really looking to make your trip as enjoyable as possible, you'll find it hard not to resist making a few adjustments. Take it from personal experience, the extra leg room, entertainment package and complimentary refreshments of economy comfort definitely make the long voyage a more pleasurable experience.
Of course, if you're really looking for luxury...
You'll find yourself flying business elite, in which case you'd get to enjoy Delta's Sky Club. At that point, you'll be enjoying relaxation before your vacation's even started.
If you don't feel at ease between experiencing Sky Club's WiFi, recliners, business center, snacks and showers, you will after a drink at its fully stocked bar (which definitely helps when you're a nervous flyer).
And then you'll wonder how you ever did without an arrival's lounge
Having the luxury of showering and freshening up right after landing is as a clutch as a last second shot.
As you'd expect him to, especially since Delta flies him and his teammates around throughout their basketball travels.
Amar'e digs it too!
If you're a true basketball fan, there's no way you can leave this earth without experiencing the NBA overseas
Delta is the official airline of the New York Knicks and a partner of the NBA Global Games London 2015. Delta partners with Virgin Atlantic to offer nine flights a day between New York and London-Heathrow with three different levels of service -- economy, economy comfort and business elite -- and starting in March will offer 10 such flights a day. One-day passes to Delta's Sky Club are available for non-members at a price of $50.