Basketball in Puerto Rico
Basketball in Puerto Rico is governed by the Puerto Rican Basketball Confederation. It's professional league is the Baloncesto Superior Nacional. Former and current NBA players Carlos Arroyo and J.J. Barea began their professional careers in the BSN, and the Puerto Rico Men's National Team is made up of mostly BSN players and the team is now coached by University of Louisville's Rick Pitino. With influence from the United States, basketball has emerged as the second most popular sport on the island, only behind baseball.
Due to Puerto Rico's close proximity to the U.S., basketball tournaments and friendly matches are easier to coordinate than overseas competitions. Although the island has many home teams eager to compete against new squads, it is possible to invite multiple basketball teams from the U.S. to play tournaments in Puerto Rico and involve local teams in the tournaments as well. U.S. citizens do not need a passport to travel to the island, English is one of Puerto Rico's official languages, and they are part of the U.S. commonwealth, which makes it one of the best, convenient travel destinations.
Aside from the ideal location for basketball competition, Puerto Rico offers world-renowned beaches, bio-luminescent bio-bays, La Bestia (one of the longest zip-lines in the world), and the El Yunque subtropical rainforest. For cultural site-seeing, the island has many notable old forts such as the Fort San Felipe del Morro, Fort San Cristóbal, and El Palacio de Santa Catalina to explore. As one of the first Spanish settlements in the New World, Puerto Rico has an interesting history and a culture with influences from Taíno, African, and Spanish cultures. Significant museums including the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museo de Arte de Ponce. Historical sites such as the Coamo Museum of History, the Baños de Coamo, and the Castillo Serrallés display the unique history of Puerto Rico.
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