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NBA Android apps to keep you in the game

by Kristen Nicole

The NBA has a few Android apps of its own, each team-specific and costing around 99 cents. Get team and player stats, game schedules, news and commentary to follow your favorite team. The biggest perk about the official NBA team Android apps is that they provide the news you want, without having to scroll through the entire league's latest news.

If you're still into bobble heads, you'll get a kick out of the NBA's mini-bobble apps. There's a handful in the Android market, each for a popular player. Costing $1 apiece, the apps feature an animated bobble head you can shake, tilt and rotate to get them going. The stroke of marketing genius behind these apps is the merchandise coupons that come with them.

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Bring the NBA experience to your Android phone with NBA League Pass Mobile. The app is costly at $44.99, but it's like having an NBA-specific premium channel on your mobile. View national and local games (live and replays), see scores and team and player stats. The Android app optimizes its video stream based on your Wi-Fi connection.

For a less-costly option, try the NBA Game Time Plus Android app. At $9.99, you're still shelling out the cash, but the official NBA Android app gives you mobile access to live radio broadcasts. For video, NBA television video recaps are available.

For a free alternative to the NBA's premium Android apps, Live Scores for Android has expanded beyond football to include basketball and more. Get live stats and scores of the basketball games you're following, with just the information you need. Live Scores is also helpful for those with fantasy basketball teams.

The free Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball app can help you keep tabs on your digital roster. See changes to your team's stats in real time, manage your roster, and get play-by-play updates. Alerts can be set to appear on your Android notification bar, making sure you don't miss a thing.

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NBA - Pro Basketball is the latest news aggregator from Slackersoft, delivering league headlines, live scores, videos and team stats. The information is updated in real time, with tabs for each section. Pick your favorite teams for easy access to team information, and share items with friends. Best of all, this Android app is free.

Livesport24 NBA is another aggregator, with large graphics for easy navigation. See scores on a "scoreboard," and view stats in color-coded charts. Videos, classifications and news are updated in real time. This free Android app also links to forums, where you can chat with others about the latest plays.