It used to be that New York was a basketball town. The capital city of the sport, even. But thanks to years of Knicks (and Nets) ineptitude, New York’s reputation as the center of the hoops universe has taken a hit. The supposed Mecca of Basketball has been stripped of its title and rudely bounced from the list of the top basketball cities in the country like Charles Oakley at a Knicks game. New York is ranked No. 22 on a list of the 150 best American basketball cities in a study that was released this week by LendEDU, a student loan marketplace that compiles best-of lists as part of its research for prospective students. According to the site, Los Angeles, Dallas and Washington, D.C., are the top three basketball cities in the country. The Big Apple is rotten, according to the study, for a variety of reasons. Because of its lack of NCAA basketball saturation, New York ranked lower than some places like Philadelphia (No. 5) and Chapel Hill (No. 18). But in addition to lacking a college hoops power, New York received such a low ranking because of how bad James Dolan’s Knicks have been. LendEDU evaluated cities… Read full this story
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