NBA

Today, the NBA is one of the most popular sports in America, but that wasn’t always the case. The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded in 1949, a result of a merger of competing organizations Basketball Association of America (BAA) and National Basketball League (NBL). At that time, the new league was comprised of 17 teams, 11 from the BAA and six from the NBL. The games were slower than the ones we watch today, though. The addition of the 24-second clock in 1954 sped up the game, added additional points to the board and drew in a new audience as the NBA was struggling to retain fans and teams.

Today, the NBA is comprised of 30 teams, including 29 in the United States and the Toronto Raptors, divided into two conferences of three divisions each having five teams. The NBA didn’t implement a three-point line until 1979. Today, with superstar player Steph Curry holding the record for the most three-point shots in a season, it may be hard for young NBA fans to imagine a time when it wasn’t a major part of the game. The 80s and 90s saw the popularity of superstar players, most notably Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, and growing interest in the industry.

Stay up to date on news involving superstar players, rookies and coaches with FanBuzz. Our writers keep up with breaking news involving drafts, trades, injuries, schedules and interesting news off the court so that you’re in the know regarding your favorite teams (and rivals).

Avery Bradley reportedly paid woman to hide sexual assault claim NBA Avery Bradley reportedly paid woman to hide sexual assault claim 10:02am, December 30

Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley reportedly entered into a confidentiality agreement with a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting…

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The Los Angeles Lakers would reportedly love to trade forward Julius Randle and guard Jordan Clarkson, according to Tania Ganguli…

Celtics stormed back to beat the Rockets with one wacky ending NBA Celtics stormed back to beat the Rockets with one wacky ending , FanBuzz Writer 3:40pm, December 29

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The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly close to getting forward Blake Griffin back from injury, according to Law Murray of…

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As most NBA fans know by now, Nike took over as the league's official uniform provider this season and has…

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The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly reached out to the Golden State Warriors to discuss trade possibilities centered around one of…

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Four-star point guard Jaelen House might be a name some people recognize as he's the son of former NBA Champion…

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As Carmelo Anthony was bracing for a trade from the New York Knicks last summer, he believed he would be…

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While former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant stole headlines this week as the team retired his two jersey numbers,…

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Prosecutors in Turkey are reportedly seeking a four-year prison term for New York Knicks player Enes Kanter on charges of…

Gordon Hayward may not be done for the season, per Danny Ainge NBA Gordon Hayward may not be done for the season, per Danny Ainge , FanBuzz Writer 10:29pm, December 19

Gordon Hayward only played five minutes for the Boston Celtics before a brutal injury not only took him out of…

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During Monday night's matchup between the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks, fans watching at home were treated to quite a…

Carlos Boozer is retiring after 13 seasons in the NBA NBA Carlos Boozer is retiring after 13 seasons in the NBA 4:27pm, December 18

Former two-time All-Star Carlos Boozer said on ESPN Monday afternoon that he is officially retired from the NBA. Boozer played…

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When Gordon Hayward went down on the opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA season, expectations for the Boston Celtics deflated…

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The Chicago Bulls are reportedly still planning on trading forward Nikola Mirotic, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Mirotic and…

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Things got ugly during the game between the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat on Tuesday. Raptors forward Serge Ibaka and…

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John Wall took a lot of flak from the media and others when he signed a contract extension worth five…

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Matthew Dellavedova is going to find himself in some hot water after the NBA gets to reviewing some film. During…

Los Angeles Lakers release Andrew Bogut NBA Los Angeles Lakers release Andrew Bogut , Associate Content Editor 4:40pm, January 6

The Los Angeles Lakers have not gotten off to the start they were hoping for with an 11-27 record and…

Cleveland Cavaliers trade Kyrie Irving to Boston NBA Cleveland Cavaliers trade Kyrie Irving to Boston , Associate Content Editor 6:24pm, August 22

The Cleveland Cavaliers were reportedly "engaged in serious trade talks" with the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and to deal…

Donald Trump disinvites Warriors, Stephen Curry to White House NBA Donald Trump disinvites Warriors, Stephen Curry to White House , Senior Content Editor , Senior Content Editor 8:22am, September 23

President Donald Trump apparently wasn't done with athletes after discussing national anthem protests as "disrespect", saying that he would love to…

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Paul Pierce is one of the best players in Boston Celtics history, and the team is honoring him by retiring…

The Lakers reportedly want to trade Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson NBA The Lakers reportedly want to trade Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson 6:13pm, December 29

The Los Angeles Lakers would reportedly love to trade forward Julius Randle and guard Jordan Clarkson, according to Tania Ganguli…

Carmelo Anthony yells out a very NSFW message during live TV interview NBA Carmelo Anthony yells out a very NSFW message during live TV interview 12:23pm, January 5

After pulling out a 127-117 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony…

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When the 2009 NBA Draft rolled around, few had as much confidence in Steph Curry as First Take debater Skip Bayless did.…

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LeBron James reportedly wouldn't commit to staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers beyond the 2017-18 season, according to Jackie MacMullan of…

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Isaiah Thomas has not yet taken the floor as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the All-Star point guard…

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NBA referees have not been getting a good rep the last few years letting guys get away with obvious travels,…

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Avery Bradley reportedly paid woman to hide sexual assault claim NBA Avery Bradley reportedly paid woman to hide sexual assault claim 10:02am, December 30

Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley reportedly entered into a confidentiality agreement with a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting…

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