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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Tristan Thompson is a man looking for some respect. Fans trash the NBA player's game while his baby mama trashes his…

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The modeling world just added its next big star. Natalia Diamante Bryant, the oldest daughter of the late Kobe Bryant…

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Chris Bosh is well-known in the NBA, from Toronto to Miami. The Hall of Fame finalist had his career cut short…

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Grant Hill is a renaissance man. From double degrees to double-doubles, the African-American basketball player always leaves his fans wanting more;…

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The NBA Dunk Contest has largely disappointed in recent years. From Michael Jordan versus Dominique Wilkins in 1988 to the…

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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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Maverick had Goose. Han Solo had Chewbacca. Bread has butter. Dynamic duos feed off each other to fuel their greatness.…

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Watching fans dance on jumbotrons is nothing new. It’s a classic mid-game treat that has gone on forever. Although some…

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Charles Wade Barkley is a one-of-a-kind personality. The former NBA player can crack jokes with the best of them alongside…

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On the basketball court, Chris Webber was a bad, bad man. Being a member of the Fab Five and a…

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Anyway you slice it, Michael Jordan is the greatest. You can start with the six NBA championships, five MVP awards…

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Watching fans dance on jumbotrons is nothing new. It’s a classic mid-game treat that has gone on forever. Although some…

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Maverick had Goose. Han Solo had Chewbacca. Bread has butter. Dynamic duos feed off each other to fuel their greatness.…

Steve Kerr’s Net Worth: How 8 NBA Championships Made Him Rich NBA Steve Kerr’s Net Worth: How 8 NBA Championships Made Him Rich , Editor 2:45pm, March 12

When it comes to basketball, Steve Kerr has done it all. There isn’t a single person in history who boasts…

Dennis Rodman’s Net Worth: How “The Worm” Earned (And Lost) His Money NBA Dennis Rodman’s Net Worth: How “The Worm” Earned (And Lost) His Money , Staff Writer 11:36am, February 28

Dennis Rodman has lived one of the more unusual lives of any NBA players in history. Most sports fan know…

Charles Barkley’s Net Worth: How Rich is “Sir Charles” Today? NBA Charles Barkley’s Net Worth: How Rich is “Sir Charles” Today? , The League 12:03pm, February 11

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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Dwyane Wade is one of the greatest players of his generation. D-Wade's decorated NBA career is only part of his…

Zion Williamson’s 70-Yard Football Throw Showed His Crazy Strength College Basketball Zion Williamson’s 70-Yard Football Throw Showed His Crazy Strength , 2:13pm, March 29

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Only 32 seconds remaining. North Carolina's inbounding following a timeout. Georgetown leads 62-61. The NCAA championship game on the line. The…

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Charles Barkley is one of the most polarizing professional athletes in history. That is not up for any sort of…

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The highlight is embedded in how we consume sports today. The most bewildering plays in a brief clip. They're what…

Basketball Cop Embarrasses High Schooler in Front of His Classmates College Basketball Basketball Cop Embarrasses High Schooler in Front of His Classmates , Editor 4:17pm, March 19

No matter where you live, or where you travel, it’s easy to find out how much ball is life. Great…