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.

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With the 2021-22 NBA season finally wrapping up on June 16th, and the NBA Draft upon us, it's the perfect…

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The 2022 NBA Draft night kicks off tonight, and there are some near absolutes we should expect to see. Such…

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Playing in the National Basketball Association is a dream for many. With the NBA draft taking place tonight, that dream…

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NBA Twitter is a rugged terrain to navigate. Varying opinions are thrown out and takes become hotter than an August…

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The NBA Draft is a first impression. Maybe not to teams who have done their due diligence before selecting a…

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The 2022 NBA All-Star Game weekend confirmed a long-running league rumor. LeBron James plans to join his son Bronny James…

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LeBron James is the greatest basketball player on the planet. Debate all you want about whether Michael Jordan is the…

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Scottie Pippen is a household NBA name. The basketball player who played second fiddle to Michael Jordan on the Chicago…

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Michael Jordan’s 10 Best Playoff Games Made “His Airness” a Legend NBA Michael Jordan’s 10 Best Playoff Games Made “His Airness” a Legend , Original Author 5:06pm, May 5

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Bob and Bill. Magic and Kareem. Michael and Scottie. Shaq and Kobe. LeBron and Dwyane. You can track the National…

Steph Curry Makes Over Half A Million Dollars Every Time He Steps on the Court NBA Steph Curry Makes Over Half A Million Dollars Every Time He Steps on the Court , Original Author 6:28pm, May 19

By now, everyone understands people in sports get paid. Whether you are a Texas high school football coach or a…

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Charles Barkley is one of the NBA's most outgoing personalities and has never been afraid to speak his mind. His…

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There are few NBA performances that can be summed up in a few words. "The Artest Shot," "The Ray Allen…

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