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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Maverick Carter, the longtime friend and business partner of LeBron James, asked Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green a simple…

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Kawhi Leonard is a man of few words and even fewer smiles. The NBA All-Star forward and former Finals MVP…

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Chris Paul’s No. 3 jersey hangs in the rafters of Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, but his legacy at Wake…

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Since LeBron James took his talents to Los Angeles this summer, the Eastern Conference seems to finally be up for…

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After hoisting four All star MVP five Larry O'Brien Trophies and a league MVP award, you might not think a…

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The Jacksonville Jaguars failed to upset the New England Patriots in the 2018 AFC Championship Game and, while that result…

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The Toronto Raptors have hit a rough patch of late, dropping their previous three consecutive contests. For teammates DeMar DeRozan…

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Magic Johnson eventually wants to be the primary decision maker for the Los Angeles Lakers, and he wants another Laker…

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Kentucky basketball head coach John Calipari won't be heading to the NBA anytime soon. This, despite a report from Ian…

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Isiah Thomas, an NBA Hall of Fame talent, believes LeBron James should join Golden State if not staying in Cleveland.…

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As LeBron James wraps up a historic performance in the 2014-15 NBA Finals, the comparisons between the Cleveland Cavaliers forward…

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New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis believes his team could have been an NBA Finals contender had teammate DeMarcus…

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With fans clamoring for it, Adam Silver says the NBA All-Star Draft is likely to be televised next year. After…