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).

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Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly in the market for George Hill NBA Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly in the market for George Hill , Associate Content Editor 5:14pm, January 19

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The Charlotte Hornets have reportedly put Kemba Walker on trade block NBA The Charlotte Hornets have reportedly put Kemba Walker on trade block 11:08am, January 19

The Charlotte Hornets have reportedly put point guard Kemba Walker on the trade market, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.…

LeBron James admits the 2017-18 NBA season is wearing on him NBA LeBron James admits the 2017-18 NBA season is wearing on him , FanBuzz Writer 8:17pm, January 17

The Cleveland Cavaliers are a mess right now. The team has lost four straight games, including two recent blowouts, and…

Boston Celtics legend JoJo White has tragically passed away NBA Boston Celtics legend JoJo White has tragically passed away 8:49pm, January 16

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NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has reportedly been arrested NBA NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has reportedly been arrested , Senior Content Editor 12:02pm, January 14

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Former five-time NBA champion and Los Angeles Lakers star Derek Fisher was arrested last month on suspicion of drunk driving.…

Dion Waiters reportedly to undergo season-ending ankle surgery NBA Dion Waiters reportedly to undergo season-ending ankle surgery 7:05pm, January 11

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