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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Jordan’s Net Worth Reminds Us That He’s Still the Greatest NBA Michael Jordan’s Net Worth Reminds Us That He’s Still the Greatest , Senior Staff Writer 12:45pm, June 24

Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player to ever step on an NBA floor. It's one thing to compare His…

Shaquille O’Neal’s Net Worth is Even Bigger Than He Is NBA Shaquille O’Neal’s Net Worth is Even Bigger Than He Is , Senior Staff Writer 6:00pm, June 12

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal was born on March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey to Lucille O'Neal and Joe Toney. That kid…

Kawhi Leonard Sues Nike Over Rights to “Stolen” Logo NBA Kawhi Leonard Sues Nike Over Rights to “Stolen” Logo , 11:23am, June 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Toronto star Kawhi Leonard filed a federal lawsuit against Nike on Monday, saying the footwear and…

The Latest Rumors as NBA Free Agency Set to Begin NBA The Latest Rumors as NBA Free Agency Set to Begin , 2:05pm, June 29

Kawhi Leonard is planning meetings in Los Angeles. Kevin Durant will do the same in New York. Those are the…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Erica McCall is still in a state of shock. She can't believe that she got to…

WATCH: Police Tackle Suspect in Toronto Raptors Parade Shooting NBA WATCH: Police Tackle Suspect in Toronto Raptors Parade Shooting , 5:57pm, June 18

TORONTO (AP) — Gunfire broke out and a stampede ensued as fans celebrated at a rally Monday for the NBA…