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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Former NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire has officially joined the Big3's Tri-State team, the league announced on Wednesday via Twitter. Stoudemire,…

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Brandon Jennings, once drafted 10th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, has been claimed by the Wisconsin Herd of the…

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Washington Redskins safety Su'a Cravens, who reportedly considered early retirement following a career-threatening injury in September, has officially filed to…

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Former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Greg Oden is attempting to make a basketball comeback. Oden, who hasn't played…

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Five-time NBA champion coach Gregg Popovich has been one of the most outspoken figures in sports when it comes to…

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LaVar Ball used a strange tactic to discuss Lonzo Ball's contract status with the Los Angeles Lakers. It is a…

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Following a massive roster makeover, a new report suggest LeBron James might be staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A league…

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are going to make it incredibly difficult for Paul George to leave. According to Peter Vecsey, not…

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The Utah Jazz have officially waived point guard Derrick Rose, who was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers leading up to…

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Former all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas will reportedly be coming off the bench during his Los Angeles Lakers debut against…

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Joe Johnson has proven in recent years he's still capable of making big shots in the playoffs, and he could…

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Longtime NBA reporter Peter Vescey is 100 percent confident LeBron James will be a Los Angeles Laker next season. Vescey…

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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…

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Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy is both not a fan of the one-and-done rule, as well as the…

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah is reportedly expected to receive interest from the Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and…

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Kawhi Leonard has only played in nine games this NBA season, and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has…

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LeBron James took a break from criticizing his teammates to praise one of college basketball's biggest stars. Oklahoma point guard…

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Video: JJ Redick uses racial slur in video for Chinese New Year NBA Video: JJ Redick uses racial slur in video for Chinese New Year , Senior Content Editor 11:38am, February 18

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