But over the years I've grown more fond of it, able to appreciate the skill and dynamism of a game which, to get the most out of it, requires your constant and full attention.
While it hasn't grown enough in popularity to knock the likes of football and rugby off their respective perches – and likely never will – basketball has nevertheless built up a respectable following in the UK over the years.
Billed as Europe's premier basketball event, the Final Four contest will be much more than just a fierce battle between Europe's best basketball teams – there'll be other things going on including the Nike International Junior Tournament and the EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony. You'll also find the Devotion Fan Zone, charity events and more.
The Euroleague Final Four contest takes place between the 10th and 12th of May. Fancy a break from the footie? Here's your chance.