One of the most intriguing aspects of taking in the Paralympics has to be watching games we know and love, as played by the likes of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, taken to another level by athletes with disabilities. Wheelchair basketball has become, quite possibly, the most popular event in the Paralympics. An adaptation of basketball, this version of hoops doesn’t feature any aerial assaults on the rim or even the familiar squeaks from the latest signature sneakers. What it lacks in the familiar theatrics, it more than makes up for in sheer athleticism. Despite having what many may view as limitations, wheelchair basketball athletes play on the same regulation sized basketball courts as any college or NBA team. The skill and endurance displayed by these athletes is basketball at its core. Passing and teamwork are the staples of every wheelchair basketball game and are sights for sore eyes for basketball purists. This year, as the sport continues to grow in popularity, the field for both men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball consists of 17 countries making it the most participated-in event in the 2012 Paralympics. Come August 29, basketball fans from all over the world will have their fill of some great competition.
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