Peter Robert Casey Living Dream, Attending 30 NBA Games In 30 Days

by Mark Remme
Web Editor

Peter Robert Casey Living Dream, Attending 30 NBA Games In 30 Days

There wasn’t any one easy way to do it—no games-by-region approach that compartmentalized this journey geographically. When Peter Robert Casey decided he wanted to tackle 30 NBA games in 30 days, he was going to do it the hard way.

Like the 29,502 miles of travel in a month kind of hard way.

“It’s not a linear path,” Casey joked.

But when Casey founded and launched the site with Kyle Whelliston in early November, he realized he needed to dive head first into the venture. His website, which allows users to track and archive every NBA and NCAA men’s basketball game they’ve attended since the 1979-80 season, features user-generated stadium bucket lists and game/arena challenges. The ultimate challenge is the all 29 NBA arenas stamp, which Casey is attempting to do in 30 days.

Twice in the span of a week, he’ll be seeing the Timberwolves play first hand. Casey was at Target Center on Saturday in his 10th day of travel, and he will be in Washington tonight to see the Wolves and Wizards tip off at 6 p.m. CT. Casey’s journey began no Nov. 7 in Miami, will weave him around the country (including a double-header at Staples Center on Dec. 1) and get him back home to New York City by the Holidays—per his wife’s request.

The journey is technically for business, but he’ll be the first to tell you it’s really a dream come true.

“Fully ambitious, partly unbelievable, partly, yeah, I have a few screws missing,” Casey said. “But it’s something I’ll think about a year from now, five years from now, 10 years from now. Regardless where Basketball Passport is, this journey—this trip—will be something. I’ve been documenting along the way. It’s something I’ll be holding on to, something I can share with my kids.”

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It’s a taxing venture to say the least.

Casey is paying for the trip out of pocket, flying from city to city (sometimes through connecting airports) to ensure he’ll get to all 30 games in the span of a month. Prior to arriving in Minnesota on Saturday. he was in Oakland for the Warriors and Thunder on Thursday night and in Phoenix for the Suns and Nets on Friday. After the Wolves game, was up at 4 a.m. heading to Sacramento for the Kings and Grizzlies. Last night was Chicago, tonight is D.C.

Like he said, not exactly a linear path.

But when you’re trying to line up 30 NBA team schedules consecutively in a month, you need to make some travel concessions. The chances of Casey making this work in full over a 30-day span before late-December were slim. In fact, had it not been for the rare Staples Center double-header on Dec. 1, it would not have worked.

But the Clippers and Lakers play back-to-back on the same day, and Casey’s goal of the #30in30trip was back on track. Now, he’s more than one-third of the way through his true fantasy hoops tour, and he’s grateful for not only the experiences along the way but the people he’s met doing so.

“Just being a junky fan, knowing I’ve encountered a lot of people on the road saying, ‘You’re doing it right,’” Casey said. “I told the Golden State Warriors this: ‘Life is short. You have to be diligent with your dreams if you want to make them happen. You have to get out ahead of them. Get them out on paper; formulate a plan.’”

He’s getting a chance to see the best players on the planet play every night, but he’s also getting to compare NBA venues, test the local fare and get the full experience of how to get to and from the arena, game night entertainment, etc.

Twice during this particular week, he’s getting to see firsthand this new-look Timberwolves roster, equipped with Kevin Love and his incredibly fast start, Ricky Rubio’s court vision, Kevin Martin’s 3-point barrage and Corey Brewer’s quick transition game.

All of the above made him excited to see this Wolves team play. It’s the only two times the Wolves show up on his travel itinerary.

“I’ve loved Ricky Rubio’s style of play—I watched him internationally before coming to the NBA,” Casey said. “I’m obviously a huge Kevin Love guy. I love guys who can put up double-doubles on a nightly basis, but a big who is flexible enough to play on the perimeter, knock down shots from 3, open up the court. So seeing those guys in that dynamic will be really interesting, super excited.”

Sitting just a couple rows up behind the Wolves bench at Target Center over the weekend, Casey was right in the thick of the action both during in-game play and timeouts. He’s getting the full experience at every stop he makes. To him, it’s an adrenaline rush and an experience. He put his life on hold for 30 days, but it’s an opportunity that rarely comes along in a lifetime. He’s making the most of his time on the road.

“This journey means a lot to me, man,” Casey said. “I gave up a month of work, I got permission from my wife to do this…but talent is at an all-time high. I’m so excited to see every team at their venue to compare and contrast.”

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