According to a new study released by the travel site WalletHub, being treated to annual NBA playoff action and spoiled by well-performing teams is only one reason Miami is a great place to be an NBA fan. The study found Miami to be the sixth-best city for basketball fans, trailing only Los Angeles, Boston, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
Miami's strong finish is almost solely based on the Heat, as the city finished fifth for NBA fans but 95th for NCAA fans. The Hurricanes — traditionally an average-at-best basketball program — aren't exactly helping here.
Miami ranked first amongst all basketball cities in the study's Most Engaged NBA Fans category, a clear sign that #HeatTwitter is pulling its weight in making Miami a great place to be a basketball fan. The study also took into account ticket prices at Heat games and, of course, how well the Heat has performed over the years, which surely helped the cause.
So there you have it. As you tune in for tonight's Game 2, remember that no matter what happens, Miami is one of the best places for a fan in the entire league. Playoff basketball is a usual treat for Miami, unlike in New York, where Knicks fans are currently throwing a celebration for themselves just for making the postseason.