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With just two days to go before New Zealand and West Indies play the first of their two T20’s in Florida, New Zealand allrounder Andrew Ellis, writing in stuff.co.nz, says that basketball easily eclipses cricket in terms of popularity in America.
There is no reference to cricket anywhere around this part of the world. The sports news is dominated by the appropriately named Miami Heat; recently crowned NBA champions for 2012. Their star, LeBron James, seems to have his face everywhere. Miami is 45 minutes drive from where we are in Fort Lauderdale so all around this region they are sharing in their basketball triumph. Yesterday, 25,000 people packed into downtown Miami for the victory parade.