With a clean design and a comprehensive menu running down the left-hand side of the homepage, HoopsHype.com is one of the more navigable of the web’s major basketball sites. A simple interface presents visitors with the latest insider news in the central panel, although this is spoiled somewhat by the flashing adverts which surround it. That said, the majority are, at least, basketball-related, for which they should be given some credit.
Each piece listed on the front page is helpfully labeled, allowing the reader to quickly identify whether it is an interview, rumour, report or otherwise. The rumour section, almost certainly the site’s main attraction, is fairly sparse, with pictures appearing intermittently as you scroll down the page. Each rumour is quoted from an article found online elsewhere, and the link to the page containing further details is provided, most often sending the user to one of the big-name newspapers’ websites. Although the prospect of wading through a page of text may be daunting to some, the layout allows the visitor to quickly search through the last two days of rumours using their browser’s “Find” function.
Interviews with prospective, current and former NBA players are to be found on the homepage every week or so and, although they are generally short, they are fairly entertaining, even if only for the player involved. Other interesting features include the free agent rankings and the depth charts, both of which are invaluable for any fan in the off-season.