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).

Cavaliers ship Dwyane Wade back home for almost nothing NBA Cavaliers ship Dwyane Wade back home for almost nothing , Content Editor 1:22pm, February 8

In a shocking move, the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat. Hopefully, they got the approval…

Pistons land Jameer Nelson after sending Willie Reed to Bulls NBA Pistons land Jameer Nelson after sending Willie Reed to Bulls , Content Editor 12:54pm, February 8

The Detroit Pistons have sent Willie Reed to the Chicago Bulls. In return, the Pistons get former All-Star Jameer Nelson.…

Lakers-Cavaliers agree on trade for former All-Star Isaiah Thomas NBA Lakers-Cavaliers agree on trade for former All-Star Isaiah Thomas , Content Editor 12:26pm, February 8

The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed on a trade that ships Isaiah Thomas to Los Angeles. There…

Former NBA champion Caron Butler announces retirement NBA Former NBA champion Caron Butler announces retirement , Content Editor 10:05am, February 7

NBA veteran forward Caron Butler officially announced his retirement in a column entitled "Sixteen Years, Nine Teams, One Love" for…

Magic Johnson was fined $50,000 for violating anti-tampering rule NBA Magic Johnson was fined $50,000 for violating anti-tampering rule , FanBuzz Writer 6:55pm, February 6

The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for violating the league's anti-tampering rule, the NBA announced on Tuesday. The…

Lakers reportedly shifting focus from 2018 free agency class to 2019 NBA Lakers reportedly shifting focus from 2018 free agency class to 2019 , Content Editor 10:52am, February 6

The Los Angeles Lakers are apparently looking at the bigger picture as it pertains to their rebuilding project. Sources confirmed…

After four-year hiatus, Emeka Okafor reportedly nearing return to NBA NBA After four-year hiatus, Emeka Okafor reportedly nearing return to NBA , FanBuzz Writer 4:26pm, February 3

It has been quite some time since Emeka Okafor played in the NBA but that may be changing in the…

Report: Celtics considering trading Marcus Smart for first-round pick NBA Report: Celtics considering trading Marcus Smart for first-round pick , Content Editor 3:54pm, February 3

The Boston Celtics are reportedly willing to trade guard Marcus Smart for a first-round draft pick, according to ESPN's Adrian…

LeBron said the story about him joining the Warriors is "nonsense." NBA LeBron said the story about him joining the Warriors is "nonsense." , 5:43pm, February 2

LeBron James can opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 2018 season,…

The rich get richer as the Boston Celtics sign former top-10 pick NBA The rich get richer as the Boston Celtics sign former top-10 pick , FanBuzz Writer 1:00pm, February 2

After word broke that veteran big man Greg Monroe reached a buyout with the Phoenix Suns, many assumed that the…

Nikola Mirotic has reportedly been traded to the Pelicans NBA Nikola Mirotic has reportedly been traded to the Pelicans , FanBuzz Writer 1:38pm, February 1

Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has reportedly been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for center Omer Asik,…

Joe Johnson is reportedly seeking a trade from the Utah Jazz NBA Joe Johnson is reportedly seeking a trade from the Utah Jazz , FanBuzz Writer 1:15pm, February 1

Utah Jazz guard Joe Johnson is reportedly seeking a trade from the team, according to Marc Stein of the New…

Lebron James open to meeting with Golden State during free agency NBA Lebron James open to meeting with Golden State during free agency , Content Editor 10:07am, February 1

According to a report from ESPN, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is open to meeting with the Golden State Warriors…

Brian Windhorst suggests Isaiah Thomas spend time in the G League NBA Brian Windhorst suggests Isaiah Thomas spend time in the G League , FanBuzz Writer 6:22pm, January 31

With Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas struggling since debuting with the team, ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst suggested recently that…

Former NBA player Rasual Butler has been killed in a car crash NBA Former NBA player Rasual Butler has been killed in a car crash , FanBuzz Writer 1:33pm, January 31

Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife were reportedly killed in a single car crash early Wednesday morning, according…

Kevin Love reportedly expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to injury NBA Kevin Love reportedly expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to injury , Content Editor 10:24pm, January 30

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love injured his left hand during the first quarter of Tuesday's game against the Detroit Pistons and…

The Atlanta Hawks and And1's Hot Sauce entertain the masses NBA The Atlanta Hawks and And1's Hot Sauce entertain the masses , Content Editor 2:13pm, January 30

The Atlanta Hawks have been using former And1 Mixtape star Hot Sauce to embarrass people and entertain the masses. Before…

John Wall could miss up to two months after undergoing knee surgery NBA John Wall could miss up to two months after undergoing knee surgery , FanBuzz Writer 12:12pm, January 30

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will reportedly undergo a knee procedure on Wednesday and could miss up to two…

Derrick Rose waived by Utah Jazz NBA Derrick Rose waived by Utah Jazz , Content Editor 2:19pm, February 10

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

Charles Barkley says the Cavaliers are now his title favorites NBA Charles Barkley says the Cavaliers are now his title favorites , FanBuzz Writer 9:35am, February 9

As the NBA trade deadline has officially come and gone, many have started to assess how the league stacks up…

Halftime tic-tac-toe during an NBA game turned into a disaster NBA Halftime tic-tac-toe during an NBA game turned into a disaster , Content Editor 4:51pm, February 9

Arguably the worst game of tic-tac-toe took place during halftime of the Charlotte Hornets-Portland Trail Blazers game on Thursday. Given…

Isaiah Thomas reportedly accepting role off Lakers' bench NBA Isaiah Thomas reportedly accepting role off Lakers' bench , Content Editor 11:26am, February 10

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

Lakers-Cavaliers agree on trade for former All-Star Isaiah Thomas NBA Lakers-Cavaliers agree on trade for former All-Star Isaiah Thomas , Content Editor 12:26pm, February 8

The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed on a trade that ships Isaiah Thomas to Los Angeles. There…

Report: Cavs acquire Jazz's Hood, Kings' Hill in three-team trade NBA Report: Cavs acquire Jazz's Hood, Kings' Hill in three-team trade , Content Editor 1:30pm, February 8

The Cleveland Cavaliers apparently aren't done making moves leading up to Thursday's NBA trade deadline and look to be starting…

Kevin Durant’s decision to leave OKC reportedly came down to person NBA Kevin Durant’s decision to leave OKC reportedly came down to person , Senior Content Editor 2:43pm, July 5

Kevin Durant bounced from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors in a move that shook the Western…

Udonis Haslem foregoing retirement, will re-sign with Miami Heat NBA Udonis Haslem foregoing retirement, will re-sign with Miami Heat , Associate Content Editor 2:14pm, July 20

Udonis Haslem has been a life member of the Miami Heat and it looks like that will stay the case…

Pistons land Jameer Nelson after sending Willie Reed to Bulls NBA Pistons land Jameer Nelson after sending Willie Reed to Bulls , Content Editor 12:54pm, February 8

The Detroit Pistons have sent Willie Reed to the Chicago Bulls. In return, the Pistons get former All-Star Jameer Nelson.…

Former NBA champion Caron Butler announces retirement NBA Former NBA champion Caron Butler announces retirement , Content Editor 10:05am, February 7

NBA veteran forward Caron Butler officially announced his retirement in a column entitled "Sixteen Years, Nine Teams, One Love" for…

Former NBA assistant coach R.J. Adelman dies in accident NBA Former NBA assistant coach R.J. Adelman dies in accident , Content Editor 3:36pm, February 8

R.J. Adelman, a former NBA assistant coach and son of former NBA head coach Rick Adelman, died Feb. 2 after…

Joe Johnson could sign with Celtics, Warriors if he's bought out NBA Joe Johnson could sign with Celtics, Warriors if he's bought out , 8:52pm, February 8

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

Is the NFL and NBA Rigged? 5 Times Fans Thought So National Is the NFL and NBA Rigged? 5 Times Fans Thought So , FanBuzz Writer 12:25am, January 23

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

LaVar Ball predicts that the Lakers will make the playoffs next season NBA LaVar Ball predicts that the Lakers will make the playoffs next season 1:12pm, June 23

Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers selected LaVar Ball's son, Lonzon, with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft…

Rudy Gay signs with San Antonio Spurs NBA Rudy Gay signs with San Antonio Spurs , Senior Content Editor 7:25pm, July 6

Heading into the 2017-18 season, Rudy Gay has played in just one playoff series. That all should change, as he's…

Details emerge on potential Paul George trade NBA Details emerge on potential Paul George trade , Senior Content Editor 7:02pm, June 27

The Boston Celtics are apparently holding out hope the Indiana Pacers hold off on trading Paul George just long enough…

Report: Celtics considering trading Marcus Smart for first-round pick NBA Report: Celtics considering trading Marcus Smart for first-round pick , Content Editor 3:54pm, February 3

The Boston Celtics are reportedly willing to trade guard Marcus Smart for a first-round draft pick, according to ESPN's Adrian…

After four-year hiatus, Emeka Okafor reportedly nearing return to NBA NBA After four-year hiatus, Emeka Okafor reportedly nearing return to NBA , FanBuzz Writer 4:26pm, February 3

It has been quite some time since Emeka Okafor played in the NBA but that may be changing in the…