National Basketball Association
The NBA is the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America. It changed its name to the National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with the competing National Basketball League. NBA players are the world’s best paid athletes by average annual salary per player.
About National Basketball Association in brief
The NBA is the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America. It changed its name to the National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with the competing National Basketball League. The NBA’s regular season runs from October to April, with each team playing 82 games. As of 2020, NBA players are the world’s best paid athletes by average annual salary per player. NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, which is recognized by the FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers. Japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks. Harold, with the Washington Capitols, was the only non-white player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter, signing with the Celtics in 1950. If a team does not attempt to score a goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, the ball is given to its opponent and stopped. To encourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954 to discourage stalling play and encourage shooting and goal-scoring. The Knicks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Fort Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, and Syracuse Nationals, all of which remain in the league today, are the league’s first five NBA dynasties.
The Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships and established themselves as the first NBA dynasty with five NBA titles in the 1950s and 1960s. The Celtics, with Chuck Cooper, Nathaniel Sweetwater, Nathaniel Clifton, Earl Lloyd, and Earl Lloyd with the Knicks, won the NBA Championship in 1961 and 1962. The Hawks, with Harold, Harold, and Lloyd, signed in 1950, were the only African-Americans to play for the Celtics, Celtics, Warriors, and Royals. The Warriors, with George Mikans, won their first NBA title in 1962 and 1962, and went on to win three more titles in 1964, 1965, and 1966. The Kings, with Earl Lloyd and Chuck Knox, won three NBA Championships in the 1960s and 1964, and two in the 1970s. In the 1980s, the Lakers were the first team to reach the NBA Finals, winning two titles and the other two in 1982 and 1984. The current Knicks team is coached by Mike D’Antonio, who is also the former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the most successful teams in NBA history, having won the title four times and the title three times in the last five years. The Clippers are the only team to have won more NBA titles than any other team in the history of the league. The Brooklyn Nets are the most recent NBA team to win the title, having done so in 2008.