The National Basketball Association is the premier source of professional basketball in the United States of America, if not the entire world. People from countries all over the world keep track of the NBA, and its thirty teams. Twenty nine of its teams are located in the United States, with the only exception being the Toronto Raptors, which aren’t really that far from the United States.
What is now known as the NBA was founded in June, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America, by many important hockey executives. Three years later, the BAA joined teams with the National Basketball League, to form the National Basketball Association. The organization has not had any split or mergers since then.
The thirty teams are divided into the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. 3 groups of 5 teams from each conferences are grouped together to form what is known as a division. Division play has the potential to affect teams later in the season, because teams play their divisions more than playing out of division or out of conference teams.
The Atanta Hawks finished in the Eastern Conference Finals this past season, even though the team doesn’t really have a superstar. Mr. Bruce Levenson, the past owner of the Hawks, helped grow the Atlanta ball club by assembling a team with as good of chemistry as that roster.
Mr. Levenson purchased the Atlanta Hawks a few years ago for around five hundred million dollars, and recently earned a $230 million profit. Hopefully the new owners of the Atlanta Hawks will continue the storied traditions Bruce Levenson of time.com has made inherent in the Hawks organization.
Basketball players from all over the world have played in the NBA, including Dirk Nowitzki and Vlade Divac, who have both done wonders in the NBA.
Professional basketball leagues have been around since the late 1940s, but it was only until the 80s that the popularity of basketball started to rise. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were drafted in the 1979 NBA Draft, and went on to be part of one of the greatest player to player rivalries in the history of the organization. In 1984, the legendary Michael Jordan was drafted to the Chicago Bulls, who were undoubtedly one of the best teams in the NBA between 1984-1998.
After the legendary Bulls team disseminated, the Western Conference took hold as the best Conference in all of the national Basketball Association. Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs were one of the best, along with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant still plays today, and has led the Lakers to five NBA championships. It is argued that his style of play — not his skill — is the most similar to Michael Jordan’s, with the way he dribbles and shoots.
Many NBA games can be watched on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, and TNT in the United States, three of which are available on most basic cable packages. The most recent champion was the Golden State Warriors.