I was born in Europe (Portugal, to be more precise), and live in Brazil. So, when it comes to sports, soccer should be my favorite game, right? Hey, I even made a post here about the 2010 World Cup, remember? But truth is, my all-time favorite sport was, is, and will be, basketball. And I could go on here forever defending why basketball tops every other team sport, but that’s not quite what you, dear inspired reader, came here for.

It’s time to show off a selection of basketball related infographics, covering the NBA (the lockout, Linsanity, and the all-time greats, among others), and the NCAA – after all, March Madness its upon us!

The NBA

This has been a sifferent year for the National Basketball association. On one hand, a shortened season, caused by the players lockout, and on the other, a story like we haven’t seen before: the rise of Jeremy Lin in the New York Knicks, with the Linsanity exploding in the basketaball courts, and expanding like wild fire into the Social Media.

NBA Graphic History | Via

NBA Preview 2011-12, by Alejandro Colmenarez (Panama) | Via

 

Latin NBA, by Estefan Cuanalo (Mexico) | Via

 

The NBA Lockout: Tax Implications of a Shortened Season | Via

A Losing Game: How Can the NBA Lockout Affect Businesses? | Via

 

NBA Lockout | Via

 

Financial Impact of NBA and NFL Lockouts 2011 | Via

 

The NBA Tournament | Via

NBA All-Star Game 2012, by Alejandro Colmenarez (Panama) | Via

Hall of Fame 2011 | Via

2010-2011 NBA Season Recap Infographic | Via

The Teams

Despite the vast number of superstars, and the fantastic show they can put on, taking over a game, basketball is, above all, a team sport.

 

The NBA U.S. Map | Via

 

The Power Of Three | Via

 

LeBron, Wade, Bosh: Miami’s Unholy Trinity | Via

 

2011 Dallas Mavericks | Via

 

Magic trades and interactive bench | Via

The Decade Of The Lakers | Via

 

The 2009-10 Lakers Season trough Ron Artest’s Hair Style | Via

A Guide To Where The Stars Sit At A Lakers Game | Via

The great ones

Who was the best basketball player of all times? That’s a discussion unavoidable in all sports, but the truth is that you could only know that if the players involved in that discussion played against each other. The talent and inspiration of a superstar is built, among many things, upon the achievements of his predecessors, and, at the end, we don’t have any other choice than to change the question: who’s your all-time favorite player? Mine is quite obvious…

Air Jordan is still flying – Exclusive Infographic | Via

Michael Jordan Timeline | Via

 

The Jordans Timeline | Via

 

Michael Jordan in the Hall of Fame, by Osvaldo Rodríguez d la Cruz (Mexico) | Via

 

Air Jordan Shoe History [Interactive] | Via

 

 

Jordan : History of Flight [Interactive] | Via

 

23 Things You Don’t Know About Michael Jordan | Via

 

Michael Jordan VS Bill Gates | Via

 

MJ vs Kobe: Who’s The Greatest? | Via

 

Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant: The 50 Point Games | Via

 

Kobe Bryant, by Nelson Fernández (Panama) | Via

 

Kareen Abdul-Jabbar by Lamosca (Spain) | Via

Ray Allen, the king of the 3-Pt Field Goals, by Alejandro Colmenarez (Panama) | Via

The rising stars

If I had written this post a couple of months ago, I’d be forced to come up with another way of showing off the latest NBA inspiring story, and all the media frenzy which will pass on to basketball history as…Linsanity. Jeremy Lin’s rise is still an ongoing taley, and we’ll see how far it can go, but there are some other rising star in the league, worth watching:

 

Jeremy Lin’s Insane Career Start | Via

 

Jeremy Lin’s Journey | Via

 

 

#Linsanity’s social TV ascent | Via

 

Linfographic | Via

 

Klout Rocketeer: Jeremy Lin | Via

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The phenomenon Griffin, by Moises Torres (Mexico)
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The NCAA

One of the main reasons for the amazing success and performance of the NBA and its athletes is the number of fantastic basketball programs spread all over the U.S colleges. They shape the future NBA stars, assuring that The Game will remain as great as us fans expect – or should I say, demand?…

Game of Numbers | Via

 

The Financial Impact of March Madness | Via

 

March Madness – Brains vs. Wins 2011 | Via

March Madness bracketology – winners and losers | Via

NCAA Basketball March Madness | Via

 

The Complete Guide To Jimmer Fredette | Via

 

Courting future Tar Heels | Via

Coaches who have led and bled Carolina blue | Via

As a fan of this sport, I would love to feature more infographics related to basketball on Visual Loop, so, if you know a great visualization that hasn’t been featured here, please, leave us a comment.