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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Lamar Odom Admits to Having Sex With Over 2,000 Women NBA Lamar Odom Admits to Having Sex With Over 2,000 Women , 5:22pm, May 15

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NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA has a new leader with a new title. The league hired Cathy Engelbert as…

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BOSTON (AP) — John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA…

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — New Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit by…

WNBA Signs New Multiyear Deal With CBS Sports NBA WNBA Signs New Multiyear Deal With CBS Sports , 3:21pm, April 22

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports.…

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If you have ever seen the movie Blue Chips, you know Neon Boudeaux, who was played by NBA legend Shaquille…

Dennis Rodman Blasts Soft NBA Players: “Quit Wearing Tampons” NBA Dennis Rodman Blasts Soft NBA Players: “Quit Wearing Tampons” , 5:13pm, March 14

It's no secret that today's NBA is much less physical and violent than it used to be. Rule changes have…

Russell Westbrook Threatened a Racist Fan, Which Landed Them Both in Big Trouble NBA Russell Westbrook Threatened a Racist Fan, Which Landed Them Both in Big Trouble , Auburn University for The League, 5:46pm, March 12

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On several occasions, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested that he would consider running to become the President of the…

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DALLAS (AP) — At some point, Luka Doncic will be measured by wins and playoff success rather than how many…

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Force Ex-NBA Player Out of Coaching Job NBA Sexual Misconduct Allegations Force Ex-NBA Player Out of Coaching Job , 8:21pm, February 26

PHOENIX (AP) — Police are investigating sexual abuse and harassment accusations made by a teacher against former University of Arizona…

Lamar Odom Admits to Having Sex With Over 2,000 Women NBA Lamar Odom Admits to Having Sex With Over 2,000 Women , 5:22pm, May 15

It has been nearly four years since that scary October night. The once former NBA champion Lamar Odom was found…

Ex-Lakers Coach Luke Walton Accused of Sexual Assault NBA Ex-Lakers Coach Luke Walton Accused of Sexual Assault , 10:28am, April 24

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit by…

Shaq Surprises Teen With 10 Pairs of Shoes Since Mom Couldn’t Afford His Size NBA Shaq Surprises Teen With 10 Pairs of Shoes Since Mom Couldn’t Afford His Size , 11:32am, May 15

With a net worth bigger than his 7-foot-1 frame, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal could buy really anything he wants. Fancy…

Boston Celtics Legend John Havlicek Dies at 79 NBA Boston Celtics Legend John Havlicek Dies at 79 , 10:23am, April 26

BOSTON (AP) — John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA…

WNBA Signs New Multiyear Deal With CBS Sports NBA WNBA Signs New Multiyear Deal With CBS Sports , 3:21pm, April 22

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports.…

Utah Jazz’s Kyle Korver on White Privilege in America in Recent Op-Ed NBA Utah Jazz’s Kyle Korver on White Privilege in America in Recent Op-Ed , Auburn University for The League, 10:30am, April 11

Kyle Korver, a white NBA player with the Utah Jazz, addressed what white privilege in America looks like to him…

Budweiser’s Tear-Jerking Tribute Video is 4 Minutes of Pure Respect NBA Budweiser’s Tear-Jerking Tribute Video is 4 Minutes of Pure Respect , 3:14pm, April 9

On April 9, 2019, the Miami Heat will host the Philadelphia 76ers in a must-win regular season game. Sitting outside…

Spurs Retire Manu Ginobili’s Jersey During Emotional Ceremony NBA Spurs Retire Manu Ginobili’s Jersey During Emotional Ceremony , 12:21pm, March 29

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili would've been happy to quietly retire without the Spurs retiring his jersey. San Antonio…