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Encyclopedia > National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
Current season or competition:
2008 NBA Finals
NBA logo depicting Jerry West
Sport Basketball
Founded 1946
Commissioner David Stern
No. of teams 30
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Flag of Canada Canada
Most recent
champion(s)
San Antonio Spurs
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV
Official website NBA.com

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is North America's premier professional men's basketball league, composed of thirty teams which are from Canada and U.S.A. It is an active member[1] of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by the International Basketball Federation as the National Governing Body (NGB) for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major North American professional sports leagues, which also includes the NHL, the NFL and MLB. NBA may stand for: National Basketball Association (US) National Boxing Association (US) now called World Boxing Association National Braille Association (US) Net Book Agreement (UK) Newcastle Brown Ale (UK) National Bar Association (US) National Brassfoundry Association (UK) This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page... Dates: June 5 - TBD MVP: TBA Television: ABC (U.S.) TV announcers: Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy Radio network: ESPN Radio Radio announcers: Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown Referees: Game 1: TBD Game 2: TBD Game 3: TBD Game 4: TBD Eastern Finals: Detroit vs. ... This article is about the sport. ... // August 22 — European Championships Marathon, Oslo, Norway Mens Winner: Mikko Hietanen (FIN) 2:24:55 January 23: Hall of Fame election: The writers vote again fails to select an inductee, despite a newly revamped voting process. ... For other persons named David Stern, see David Stern (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... NBA TV is a television network that is dedicated to showcasing the sport of basketball in the United States. ... North American redirects here. ... This article is about the sport. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... USA Basketball is a non-profit organization and the governing body for basketball in the United States. ... The International Basketball Federation (French: Fédération Internationale de Basketball), more commonly known by the French acronym FIBA (pronounced ), is an association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ...


The league was founded in New York City, on June 6, 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[2] The league adopted the name National Basketball Association in the autumn of 1949 after merging with the rival National Basketball League. The league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in Secaucus, New Jersey. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Basketball League was a professional basketball league in the United States from 1937 to 1949. ... Olympic Tower The Olympic Tower is a 51-story building in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City. ... Street sign at Fifth Avenue and East 57th street Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in New York City. ... NBA Entertainment is a network production for NBA TV. Please see NBA TV for more. ... NBA TV is a television network that is dedicated to showcasing the sport of basketball in the United States. ... Secaucus is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, USA. As of the United States 2000 Census, the town population was 15,931. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...

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History

1940s and 1950s: The early years

Further information: List of NBA seasons

The Basketball Association of America was found in 1946 by the owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeast and Midwest United States. On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Ontario, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers which the NBA now regards as the first game played in the league's history. [3] Although there had been earlier attempts at professional basketball leagues, including the American Basketball League and the National Basketball League, the BAA was the first league to attempt to play primarily in large arenas in major cities. During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not significantly better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won its 1948 title, followed by the 1948 NBL champion Minneapolis Lakers who won the 1949 BAA title. A list of National Basketball Association seasons since inception of the league: 1946-47 | 1947-48 | 1948-49 | 1949-50 | 1950-51 | 1951-52 | 1952-53 | 1953-54 | 1954-55 | 1955-56 | 1956-57 | 1957-58 | 1958-59 | 1959-60 | 1960-61 | 1961-62 | 1962-63 | 1963-64 | 1964-65... For other uses, see Arena (disambiguation). ... Map of the US northeast. ... This article is about the Midwestern region in the United States. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... The Toronto Huskies was a team in the Basketball Association of America (a forerunner of the National Basketball Association) during the 1946-1947 season, based in Toronto, Canada. ... Knicks redirects here. ... The American Basketball League was the first true professional basketball league. ... The National Basketball League was a professional basketball league in the United States from 1937 to 1949. ... For the animated television series, see Harlem Globetrotters (TV series). ... The Baltimore Bullets were a National Basketball Association team based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... The National Basketball League was a professional basketball league in the United States from 1937 to 1949. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


On August 3, 1949, the BAA agreed to merge with the NBL, expanding the National Basketball Association to seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as large arenas and smaller gymnasiums and armories. In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1954, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises, all of which are still in the league (the Knicks, Celtics, Warriors, Lakers, Royals/Kings, Pistons, Hawks, and Nationals/76ers). is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Basketball League was a professional basketball league in the United States from 1937 to 1949. ... The New York Knicks (or New York Knickerbockers) are a National Basketball Association team based in New York, New York. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


While contracting, the league also saw its smaller city franchises move to larger cities. The Hawks shifted from "Tri-Cities" (the area now known as the Quad Cities) to Milwaukee (in 1951) and then to St. Louis (in 1955); the Royals from Rochester to Cincinnati (in 1957); and the Pistons from Fort Wayne to Detroit (in 1957). In 1960, the Lakers relocated to Los Angeles, California, and the Warriors moved to San Francisco, California, in 1963. The following year, the Nationals left upstate New York to bring basketball back to Philadelphia, changing their nickname from "Nationals" to "76ers." This means out of the original eight franchises, only the Knicks and Celtics have not relocated at any point. The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The I-74 Bridge, connecting Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois is located near the geographic center of the Quad Cities. ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ... St. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. ... This article is about the city of Rochester in Monroe County. ... Cincinnati redirects here. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Nickname: Motto: Room for Dreams Location in the state of Indiana, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Indiana County Allen French settlement 1680s Founding October 22, 1794 Incorporated (town) 1829 Incorporated (city) February 22, 1840 Founder Jean François Hamtramck Named for Gen. ... Detroit redirects here. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ...


Although Japanese-American Wataru Misaka technically broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947-48 season when he played for the New York Knicks, 1950 is recognized as the year the NBA integrated with the addition of African American players by several teams including Chuck Cooper with the Boston Celtics, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton with the New York Knicks, and Earl Lloyd with the Washington Capitols. Today, more than fifty years later, the NBA is made up of players of many different races, with diverse backgrounds and cultures. Over 80% of NBA players today are African American. Japanese Americans ) are Americans of Japanese descent who trace their ancestry to Japan or Okinawa and are residents and/or citizens of the United States. ... Wataru Wat Misaka (Japanese 三阪亙; Misaka Wataru) (born December 21, 1923 in Ogden, Utah), was the first person of Asian descent to play in the American National Basketball Association. ... Knicks redirects here. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Charles Harrison Cooper (September 29, 1926 - February 5, 1984), better known as Chuck Cooper, was one of three players with legitimate claims to be the first African American basketball player in the NBA. Each satisfied a different condition of being first: Cooper was the first black player to be drafted... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Nathaniel Sweetwater Clifton Nathaniel Sweetwater Clifton (October 13, 1922 – August 31, 1990) was an American multi-sport athlete best known as the first African American to sign a contract to play in the National Basketball Association Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, according to the Social Security Administration death records, he... Knicks redirects here. ... Earl Francis Lloyd (born April 3, 1928 in Alexandria, Virginia, US) is a retired American basketball player. ... The Washington Capitols were a National Basketball Association team based in Washington, D.C. Founded: 1946 Folded: 1951 Formerly known as: Home Arena: Uniform colors: Logo design: NBA Championships: // Franchise history Players of note Basketball Hall of Famers: Not to be forgotten: Coaches and others Categories: | ...


During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships and established themselves as the league's first dynasty. To encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954. If a team does not attempt to score a field goal (or the ball doesn't make contact with the rim) within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped and the ball given to its opponent. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... In sports, the term dynasty is often used to refer to a team that dominates their sport for a period of time. ... The Shot Clock Monument in Syracuse, New York A shot clock is a timer designed to increase the pace (and subsequently, the score) in a competitive sport. ...


In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, who already featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, and went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league in 1959 and became the dominant individual star of the 1960s, setting new records in scoring (100) and rebounding (55). Russell's rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the great individual rivalries in the history of American team sports. William Fenton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is a former American basketball player remembered for his central role in the Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in the 13 seasons that he played. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBAs Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest... Arnold Jacob Red Auerbach (September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006) was a highly successful and influential basketball coach of the BAA Washington Nationals, the NBA Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the NBA Boston Celtics. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for...


1960s: Celtics dynasty

Through this period, the NBA continued to strengthen with the shift of the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, and the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia, as well as the addition of its first expansion franchises. The Chicago Packers (now Washington Wizards) became the 9th NBA team in 1961. From 1966 to 1968, the league expanded from nine teams to fourteen, introducing the Chicago Bulls, Seattle Supersonics, San Diego Rockets (who relocated to Houston four years later), Milwaukee Bucks, and Phoenix Suns. Then in the 1970s, it was extended to seventeen teams as the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers) all made their debuts. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... This article is about the professional basketball team. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The Houston Rockets are a National Basketball Association team based in Houston, Texas. ... Houston redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Clippers redirects here. ...


In 1967, the league faced a new external threat with the formation of the American Basketball Association. The leagues engaged in a bidding war. The NBA landed the most important college star of the era, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor), who together with Oscar Robertson led the Milwaukee Bucks to a title in his second season, and who later played on five Laker championship teams. For the league that began in 1999, see American Basketball Association (2000-). The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a professional basketball league founded in 1967, and eventually merged, in part, with the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


However, the NBA's leading scorer, Rick Barry jumped to the ABA, as did four veteran referees—Norm Drucker, Earl Strom, John Vanak, and Joe Gushue. Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Norm Drucker (born July 4, 1920 in New York City) was a major influence in professional basketball officiating for over thirty-five years. ... Earl Strom Earl Strom (December 15, 1927 – July 10, 1994), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, was a basketball referee for 29 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and for three years in the American Basketball Association (ABA). ...


1970s: The NBA vs. the ABA

The American Basketball Association also succeeded in signing a number of major stars, including Julius Erving, in part because it allowed teams to sign college undergraduates. The NBA expanded rapidly during this period, one purpose being to tie up the most viable cities. From 1966 to 1974, the NBA grew from nine franchises to 18; the New Orleans Jazz (now in Utah) came aboard in 1974. Then, following the 1976 season, the leagues reached a settlement that provided for the addition of four ABA franchises to the NBA, raising the number of franchises in the league at that time to 22. The franchises were the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and New York Nets. Some of the biggest stars of this era were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rick Barry, Dave Cowens, Julius Erving, Walt Frazier, Artis Gilmore, George Gervin, Dan Issel and Pete Maravich. For the league that began in 1999, see American Basketball Association (2000-). The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a professional basketball league founded in 1967, and eventually merged, in part, with the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 and raised in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The New Jersey Nets are a National Basketball Association team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Dave Cowens David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948 in Newport, Kentucky) is a former professional basketball player and NBA Head Coach. ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 and raised in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... Walter Clyde Frazier (born March 29, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Artis Gilmore (born September 21, 1948, in Chipley, Florida) is a former professional basketball player in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). ... George Gervin (born April 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player, a shooting guard for the American Basketball Associations (ABA) Virginia Squires and San Antonio Spurs and the National Basketball Associations (NBA) San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. ... Daniel Paul Issel ( October 25, 1948 in Batavia, Illinois) is a star basketball player. ... Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988) was an American basketball player known for his dazzling ballhandling, incredible shooting abilities, and creative passing. ...


1980s: Magic vs. Bird

The league added the ABA's innovative three-point field goal beginning in 1979 to open up the game. That same year, rookies Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson joined the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers respectively, initiating a period of significant growth in fan interest in the NBA throughout the country and the world. Bird went on to lead the Celtics to three titles, and Johnson went on to lead the Lakers to five. Also in the early '80s, the NBA added one more expansion franchise, the Dallas Mavericks, bringing the total to 23 teams. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2007 In basketball, a three-point field goal, three-pointer, three-point shot, or simply three is a field goal made from beyond the three point line, a designated semi-ellipsoid arc radiating from the basket. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Magic Johnson Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ...


1990s: The Jordan Era and globalization

Michael Jordan entered the league in 1984 with the Chicago Bulls, providing an even more popular star to support growing interest in the league. This resulted in more cities demanding teams of their own. In 1988 and 1989, four cities got their wishes as the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, and Minnesota Timberwolves made their NBA debuts. Globalization also occurred in the 1980s. A growing number of NBA star players also began coming from other countries. Initially, many of these players, such as 1994 NBA MVP Hakeem Olajuwon of Nigeria, first played NCAA basketball to enhance their skills. For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... This article is about the professional basketball team. ... Charlotte Hornets may refer to several sports teams based in Charlotte, North Carolina: The NBAs New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, formerly based in Charlotte (1988-2002). ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... NCAA redirects here. ...


In 1991, Susan O'Malley became the first female president of an NBA franchise, when she became the president of the Washington Bullets. Susan OMalley is the current president of the Washington Wizards NBA team. ...


Jordan along with Scottie Pippen would lead the Bulls to six championships in eight years during the 1990s. Olajuwon won back-to-back titles with the Houston Rockets in '94 and '95. Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


The 1992 Olympic basketball Dream Team, the first to use current NBA stars, featured Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley, and Christian Laettner. In 1995, the NBA expanded to Canada and to 29 teams with the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies. In 2001, the Vancouver Grizzlies were relocated to Memphis, which left the Toronto Raptors as the only Canadian team in the NBA. The 92 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were held in 1992 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... The Dream Team was the unofficial nickname of the United States mens basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965)) is a retired American NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. ... Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... This article is about the professional basketball player. ... Christopher Paul Mullin (born July 30, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is the General Manager of the Golden State Warriors and a former American basketball player. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Christian Donald Laettner (born August 17, 1969 in Angola, New York) is a former professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the NBA and an American entrepreneur. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ...


In 1996, the NBA created a women's league, the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). In 1998, the NBA owners began a lockout which lasted 191 days and was settled on January 18, 1999. As a result of this lockout the 1998-99 NBA season was reduced from 82 to 50 games, which were all played in 1999 only, thus calling it the 1999 NBA season. San Antonio won the championship on June 25th by beating the New York Knicks. The Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... The 1998-99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. ...


In 2004, two years after the Hornets relocation to New Orleans, the NBA returned to North Carolina as the Charlotte Bobcats were formed. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ...


2000s: Post-Jordan Western Conference domination

Since the break-up of the Chicago Bulls in the summer of 1998, the Western Conference has dominated the NBA, winning 7 of 9 championships. Tim Duncan and David Robinson won a championship in 1999 with the San Antonio Spurs, and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant started the 2000s off with the three straight championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Spurs won it again 2003 against the Nets, with the Lakers returning to the Finals in the following year, only to fall to the Detroit Pistons (the only championship team since 1998 that didn't have either Tim Duncan or Shaquille O'Neal). In the off-season, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat, and the Lakers and Bryant did not win another playoff series until 2008. San Antonio won their third championship in 2005 with a nucleus of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Duncan. In 2006, O'Neal won title number four with the Miami Heat, giving the franchise its first championship. San Antonio then swept LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007, giving them four titles in nine years. Between them, O'Neal and Duncan have been to each of the last nine NBA Finals and have won eight out of nine titles. Together, they have won six Finals MVP awards and three league MVPs. Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... David Robinson may refer to: david robinson former Irish Army soldier David Robinson (basketball), former NBA player (b. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ... Emanuel David Ginóbili, better known as Manu Ginóbili (born 28 July 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), is an Argentinian basketball player. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


An increasing number of international players have moved directly from playing elsewhere in the world to starring in the NBA, such as:

In some occasions, young players from the English-speaking world tend to attend U.S. colleges before playing in the NBA (notable examples are Canadian Steve Nash, 2005 and 2006 MVP, and Australian Andrew Bogut, the top draft pick in 2005), while other international players generally come to the NBA from professional club teams. Currently, the Toronto Raptors have the most international players in the NBA. The NBA is now televised in 212 nations in 42 languages. Andrea Bargnani, nicknamed Il Mago (translated to The Magician), (born October 26, 1985 in Rome, Italy) is an Italian professional basketball player with the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2006 NBA Draft was held on June 28 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... Gasol was with the Memphis Grizzlies from 2001-2008 until he was traded away to the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2007-2008 season. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... Official logo The winner, Spain, is being celebrated The 2006 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Japan from August 19 to September 3, 2006. ... Emanuel David Ginóbili, better known as Manu Ginóbili (born 28 July 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), is an Argentinian basketball player. ... Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics took place at the indoor arena in the Helliniko Olympic Complex for the preliminary rounds, with the latter stages being held in the Olympic Indoor Hall at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. ... Andrei Kirilenko (Russian: Андрей Кириле́нко; born February 18, 1981 in Izhevsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a professional basketball player, playing at the forward position for the Utah Jazz in the National Basketball Association. ... The 2007 FIBA European Basketball Championship, commonly called EuroBasket 2007, is the 35th regional championship held by FIBA Europe. ... Dirk Werner Nowitzki (pronounced ) (born June 19, 1978) is a German professional basketball player who plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2002 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA from August 29 to September 8, 2002. ... Eurobasket 2005 Logo The 2005 European Basketball Championship, commonly called Eurobasket 2005, was held in Serbia and Montenegro between 16 September and 25 September 2005. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ... The 2007 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2006-07 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. ... Predrag Peja Stojaković (born June 9, 1977) is a Serbian basketball player for the NBAs New Orleans Hornets. ... Anthem:  Serbia() on the European continent()  —  [] Capital (and largest city) Belgrade Official languages Serbian Recognised regional languages Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian, Croatian, Rusyn 1 Albanian 2 Demonym Serbian Government Parliamentary Democracy  -  President Boris Tadić  -  Prime Minister Vojislav KoÅ¡tunica    -  First state 7th century   -  Serbian Kingdom3 1217   -  Serbian Empire 1345   -  Independence lost... The 2001 European Basketball Championship, commonly called Eurobasket 2001, was held in Turkey between August 31 and September 9, 2001. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... The 2002 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2002 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Andrew Michael Bogut (born November 28, 1984) is an Australian professional basketball player. ... The 2005 NBA Draft logo The 2005 NBA Draft took place on June 28, 2005 in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ...


In 2001, an affiliated minor league, the National Basketball Development League, now called the NBA Development League (or D-League) was created. Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ... The NBA Development League, or D-League, is the National Basketball Associations officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ...


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Teams, divisions and conferences of the NBA
Teams, divisions and conferences of the NBA

On June 29, 2006, a new official game ball was introduced for the 2006-07 season, marking the first change to the ball in over 35 years and only the second in 60 seasons. Manufactured by Spalding, the new ball featured a new design and new synthetic material that Spalding claimed offered a better grip, feel, and consistency than the original ball. However, many players were vocal in their disdain for the new ball, saying that it was too sticky when dry, and too slippery when wet. is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Spalding is a sporting goods company started in Chicago by A.G. Spalding in 1876. ...


On December 11, 2006, Commissioner Stern announced that beginning January 1, 2007, the NBA would return to the traditional leather basketball in use prior to the 2006-2007 season. The change was influenced by frequent player complaints and confirmed hand injuries (cuts) caused by the microfiber ball.[4] The Players' Association had filed a suit in behalf of the players against the NBA over the new ball.[5] As of 2006, the NBA team jerseys are manufactured by Adidas, which purchased the previous supplier, Reebok. is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The National Basketball Association, more popularly known as the NBA, is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... This article is about the company. ... Rbk redirects here. ...


On July 19, 2007, the FBI investigated allegations that veteran NBA referee Tim Donaghy bet on basketball games he officiated over the past two seasons and that he made calls affecting the point spread in those games.[6] On August 15, 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty to two federal charges related to the investigation. However, he could face more charges if it is determined that he deliberately miscalled individual games. is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Tim Donaghy (IPA (surname): [2]) (born January 7, 1967 in Havertown, Pennsylvania)[3] is a former professional basketball referee who worked in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 13 seasons from 1994 to 2007. ... Spread betting is a form of gambling on the outcome of any event where the more accurate the gamble, the more is won and conversely the less accurate the more is lost. ... This article is about the day of the year. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


On February 19, 2008, the NBA declared that the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets will play the first outdoor game on October 11, 2008, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It will be the first outdoor game in the modern era of the NBA. [[Media:Italic text]]{| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Aerial photo of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. ...


Teams

The NBA originated in 1946 with 11 teams, and through a sequence of team expansions, reductions, and relocations currently consists of 30 teams. The United States is home to 29 teams and one is located in Canada. The Boston Celtics have won the most championships, with 16 NBA Finals wins. The next most successful franchise is the Los Angeles Lakers, who have 14 overall championships (9 in Los Angeles, 5 in Minneapolis). Following the Lakers are the Chicago Bulls with six championships, all of them over an 8-year span during the 1990s. The San Antonio Spurs, who have won four championships since 1999, were the defending champions until defeated lately by Los Angeles Lakers(4-1) in the Western Conference Finals. The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... This article is about the professional basketball team. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ...


The current league organization divides thirty teams into two conferences of three divisions with five teams each. The current divisional alignment was introduced in the 2004-05 season. The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...

Eastern Conference
Team City/Area Arena Founded Colors
Atlantic Division
Boston Celtics Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden 1946 Celtic Green, White
New Jersey Nets East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center 1967* Navy, Red, Dark Silver, Silver, White
New York Knicks New York City, NY Madison Square Garden 1946 Blue, Orange, Black, White
Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center 1939* Black, Red, Gold, Silver, Blue, White
Toronto Raptors Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre 1995 Red, Black, Silver, White
Central Division
Chicago Bulls Chicago, IL United Center 1966 Red, Black, White
Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena 1970 Wine, Metallic Gold, Navy, White, Red
Detroit Pistons Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 1941* Royal Blue, Red, White
Indiana Pacers Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse 1967 Navy, Yellow, Gray, White
Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center 1968 Forest Green, Red, Silver, White
Southeast Division
Atlanta Hawks Atlanta, GA Philips Arena 1946* Navy, Red, Silver, White
Charlotte Bobcats Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena 2004 Bobcats Blue, Orange, Silver, Black, White
Miami Heat Miami, FL American Airlines Arena 1988 Black, Deep Red, White, Yellow
Orlando Magic Orlando, FL Amway Arena 1989 Blue, Black, Silver, White
Washington Wizards Washington, DC Verizon Center 1961* Slate Blue, Black, Gold, White
Western Conference
Northwest Division
Denver Nuggets Denver, CO Pepsi Center 1967 Light Blue, Cobalt Blue, Yellow Gold, White
Minnesota Timberwolves Minneapolis, MN Target Center 1989 Slate Blue, Black, Silver, Green, White
Portland Trail Blazers Portland, OR Rose Garden 1970 Black, Red, Silver, White
Seattle SuperSonics Seattle, WA KeyArena 1967 Hunter Green, Gold, White
Utah Jazz Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena 1974* Utah Blue, Jazz Blue, Silver, White, Purple
Pacific Division
Golden State Warriors Oakland, CA Oracle Arena 1946* Midnight Blue, Golden Gate Orange, California Yellow, White
Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles, CA Staples Center 1970* Red, Blue, White
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles, CA Staples Center 1946* Purple, Gold, White, Navy Blue
Phoenix Suns Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center 1968 Purple, Gray, Orange, White
Sacramento Kings Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena 1945* Black, Purple, Silver, White
Southwest Division
Dallas Mavericks Dallas, TX American Airlines Center 1980 Navy Blue, Royal Blue, Green, White
Houston Rockets Houston, TX Toyota Center 1967* Red, White, Black, Silver
Memphis Grizzlies Memphis, TN FedExForum 1995* Midnight Blue, Yellow, White, Sky Blue
New Orleans Hornets New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena 1988* Teal, Purple, Gold, White
San Antonio Spurs San Antonio, TX AT&T Center 1967* Black, Silver, White

Notes: The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Atlantic Division is a division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. The 76ers, Knicks, Nets, and the Celtics were already in the seven team Atlantic before the merge that brought the Raptors and sent the Heat, Magic and Wizards to the new Southeast Division. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team. ... Map highlighting East Rutherfords location within Bergen County. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Izod Center (formerly Brendan Byrne Arena, and later, Continental Airlines Arena) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... Knicks redirects here. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the state. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... North Entrance Atrium. ... The Central Division is a division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. The current divisions have been active since the start of the 04-05 season. ... This article is about the professional basketball team. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, named after its corporate sponsor, United Airlines. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Quicken Loans Arena (aka The Q) is a multipurpose arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Until August 2005, it was known as Gund Arena, named for Gordon Gund, a former owner of the Cavaliers, after he paid for the naming rights. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Indianapolis redirects here. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... Conseco Fieldhouse is a sports arena in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It is the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indiana Fever of the Womens National Basketball Association. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Bradley Center is an indoor arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... The Southeast Division is a division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. It was formed when the Charlotte Bobcats entered the NBA as an expansion team in 2004. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Demonym Georgian Capital Atlanta Largest city Atlanta Largest metro area Atlanta metro area Area  Ranked 24th in the US  - Total 59,425 sq mi (153,909 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water {{{PCWater}}}  - Latitude 33. ... For the stadium of PSV Eindhoven, see Philips Stadion. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Demonym North Carolinian Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th in the US  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (340 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... Miami redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... The American Airlines Arena is an arena located in downtown Miami, Florida along Biscayne Bay and is used for basketball games and concerts. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Orlando redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Amway Arena (formerly known as the Orlando Arena, TD Waterhouse Centre, and The Arena in Orlando [1], and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena) is an indoor arena in Orlando, Florida. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Northwest Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. The division was created at the start of the 04-05 season. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... Nickname: Location of Denver in the State of Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State State of Colorado City and County Denver[1] Founded 1858-11-22, as Denver City, K.T.[2] Incorporated 1861-11-07, as Denver City, C.T.[3] Consolidated... Official language(s) English Demonym Coloradan Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th in the US  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Pepsi Center is an arena located in Denver, Colorado, USA. The building is home to the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Crush. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Minneapolis redirects here. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Largest metro area Minneapolis-St. ... The Target Center The Target Center is an arena in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota sponsored by Target Corporation that is home to the National Basketball Associations Minnesota Timberwolves and Womens National Basketball Associations Minnesota Lynx. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Type Commission  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... Seattle redirects here. ... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... KeyArena at Seattle Center is located north of downtown Seattle, USA on the grounds of Seattle Center (the site of 1962s Century 21 Exposition, a Worlds Fair). ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... For ships of the United States Navy of the same name, see USS Salt Lake City. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The EnergySolutions Arena is an indoor arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States owned by Larry H. Miller. ... The Pacific Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. All five Pacific teams were in the division before the Blazers and Sonics went to the new Northwest Division. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... Oakland redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Oracle Arena also known by its former name of The Arena in Oakland is an indoor arena in Oakland, California, United States. ... Clippers redirects here. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) is a sports and entertainment facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. ... Sacramento redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... ARCO Arena is an indoor arena located in Sacramento, California, United States. ... The Southwest Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. The Mavericks, Rockets, Grizzlies, Spurs all came from the now defunct Midwest Division and the Hornets came from the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... For other uses, see Dallas (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... The American Airlines Center is an arena located in the Victory Park neighborhood near downtown Dallas, Texas that is used for hockey games, basketball games, football games and concerts. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Houston redirects here. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... The interior of the arena, during an ice hockey game The Toyota Center is an indoor arena located at 1510 Polk Street in Downtown Houston, Texas. ... The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... FedExForum is one of the NBAs most distinctive arenas. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... NOLA redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... San Antonio redirects here. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... The AT&T Center is an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was completed in 2002 as the SBC Center at a cost of $175 million, financed by county issued bonds which were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car rental tax increase and an additional contribution...

The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. ... The National Basketball League was a professional basketball league in the United States from 1937 to 1949. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team. ...

Defunct teams

See: List of defunct National Basketball Association teams

These National Basketball Association teams are now defunct: Anderson Packers (1949-1950) Baltimore Bullets (1947-1955) Chicago Stags (1946-1950) Cleveland Rebels (1946-1947) Indianapolis Jets (1948-1949) Indianapolis Olympians (1949-1953) Pittsburgh Ironmen (1946-1947) Providence Steamrollers (1946-1949) Sheboygan Redskins (1946-1951) St. ...

Regular season

Following the summer break, teams hold training camps in October. Training camps allow the coaching staff to evaluate players (especially rookies), scout the team's strengths and weaknesses, prepare the players for the rigorous regular season, and determine the 12-man active roster (and a 3-man inactive list) with which they will begin the regular season. Teams have the ability to assign players with less than two years of experience to the NBA development league. After training camp, a series of preseason exhibition games are held. The NBA regular season begins in the first week of November.


During the regular season, each team plays 82 games, 41 each home and away. A team faces opponents in its own division four times a year (16 games), teams from the other two divisions in its conference either three or four times (36 games), and teams in the other conference twice apiece (30 games). This asymmetrical structure means the strength of schedule will vary significantly between teams.


The NBA is the only major league in North America (besides the Canadian Football League) in which teams play every other team during the regular season (although the National Hockey League will revert to a schedule that sees every team face one another beginning in the 2008-2009 season). Each team hosts and visits every other team at least once every season. However, this results in each team playing nearly double the number of games against teams from the opposite conference (30) as teams in their own division (16). Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL) (Ligue canadienne de football (LCF) in French), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football. ... -1...

Milwaukee Bucks playing the Charlotte Bobcats in a regular season game
Milwaukee Bucks playing the Charlotte Bobcats in a regular season game

In February, the regular season pauses to celebrate the annual NBA All-Star Game. Fans vote throughout the United States, Canada, and on the internet, and the top vote-getters at each position in each conference are given a starting spot on their conference's All-Star team. Coaches vote to choose the remaining 14 All-Stars. Then, Eastern conference players face the Western conference players in the All-Star game. The player with the best performance during the game is rewarded with a Game MVP award. Other attractions of the All-Star break include the Rookie game, which pits the best rookies and the best second-year players against each other; the Skills, a competition between players to see who could complete an obstacle course comprising shooting, passing and dribbling in the fastest time; the Three Point Contest, a competition between players to see who is the best three-point shooter; and the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, to see which player dunks the ball in the most entertaining way. These other attractions have varying names which include the names of the various sponsors who have paid for naming rights. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 500 KB) Summary Bucks vs Bobcats February 11th, 2006 - CC licenced photo from flickr by compujeramey TJ Ford shooting in the running jumper. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 500 KB) Summary Bucks vs Bobcats February 11th, 2006 - CC licenced photo from flickr by compujeramey TJ Ford shooting in the running jumper. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The Three Point Contest is a National Basketball Association All-Star Game competition held on the Saturday before the All-Star Game. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Slam Dunk Contest. ...


Shortly after the All-Star break, the trading deadline falls on the second last Thursday in February at 3pm Eastern Time[7]. After this date, teams are not allowed to exchange players with each other for the remainder of the season, although they may still sign and release players. Major trades are often completed right before the trading deadline, making that day a hectic time for general managers. Time Zone is also a historical computer game. ...


Around the end of April, the regular season ends. It is during this time that voting begins for individual awards, as well as the selection of the honorary, league-wide, post-season teams. The Sixth Man of the Year Award is given to the best player coming off the bench (must have more games coming off the bench than actual games started). The Rookie of the Year Award is awarded to the most outstanding first-year player. The Most Improved Player Award is awarded to the player who is deemed to have shown the most improvement from the previous season. The Defensive Player of the Year Award is awarded to the league's best defender. The Coach of the Year Award is awarded to the coach that has made the most positive difference to a team. The Most Valuable Player Award is given to player deemed the most valuable for (his team) that season. Additionally, The Sporting News awards an unofficial (but widely recognized) Executive of the Year Award to the general manager who is adjudged to have performed the best job for the benefit of his franchise. The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues most valuable player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (sixth man). ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... The NBA Most Improved Player Award is the annual award presented at seasons end to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player who has made the most noticeable improvement from the previous season or seasons. ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... The NBA Executive of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best front office executive. ...


The post-season teams are the All-NBA Teams, the All-Defensive Teams, and the All-Rookie Teams; each consists of five players. There are three All-NBA teams, consisting of the top players at each position, with first-team status being most desirable. There are two All-Defensive teams, consisting of the top defenders at each position. There are also two All-Rookie teams, consisting of the top first-year players regardless of position.


Playoffs

Main article: NBA Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs begin in late April, with eight teams in each conference qualifying for the playoffs. The three division winners, along with the team with the next best record from the conference are given the top four seeds. The next four teams in terms of record are given the lower four seeds. Current NBA Playoff logo. ...


Having a higher seed offers several advantages. Since the first seed plays the eighth seed, the second seed plays the seventh seed, the third seed plays the sixth seed, and the fourth seed plays the fifth seed in the playoffs, having a higher seed generally means one will be facing a weaker team. The team in each series with the better record has home court advantage, including the First Round. This means that, for example, if the team who receives the 6 (six) seed has a better record than the team with the 3 (three) seed (by virtue of a divisional championship), the 6 seed would have home court advantage, even though the other team has a higher seed. Therefore, the team with the best regular season record in the league is guaranteed home court advantage in every series it plays. For example, in 2006, the Denver Nuggets won 44 games and captured the Northwest Division and the #3 seed. Their opponent was the #6 seeded Los Angeles Clippers, who won 47 games and finished second in the Pacific Division. Although Denver won its much weaker division, the Clippers had home-court advantage and won the series in five games. For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... Clippers redirects here. ...


The playoffs follow a tournament format. Each team plays a rival in a best-of-seven series, with the first team to win four games advancing into the next round, while the other team is eliminated from the playoffs. In the next round, the successful team plays against another advancing team of the same conference. Thus, all but one team in each conference are eliminated from the playoffs. Since the NBA does not re-seed teams, the playoff bracket in each conference uses a traditional design, with the winner of the series matching the 1st and 8th seeded teams playing the winner of the series matching the 4th and 5th seeded teams, and the winner of the series matching the 2nd and 7th seeded teams playing the winner of the series matching the 3rd and 6th seeded teams. In every round except the NBA Finals, the best of seven series follows a 2-2-1-1-1 home-court pattern, meaning that one team will have home court in games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while the other plays at home in games 3, 4, and 6. For the final round (NBA Finals), the series follows a 2-3-2 pattern, meaning that one team will have home court in games 1, 2, 6, and 7, while the other plays at home in games 3, 4, and 5. The 2-3-2 pattern in the NBA Finals has been in place since 1985. Logo of the NBA Finals. ...


The final playoff round, a best-of-seven series between the victors of both conferences, is known as the NBA Finals, and is held annually in June. The victor in the NBA Finals wins the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. Each player and major contributor -- including coaches and the general manager -- on the winning team receive a championship ring. In addition, the league awards an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. The Larry OBrien trophy is coveted by NBA teams. ... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ...


On August 2, 2006, the NBA announced the new playoff format. The new format takes the three division winners and the second-place team with the best record and rank them 1-4 by record. The other 4 slots are filled by best record other than those other 4 teams. Previously, the top three seeds went to the division winners. is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Recent problems

The NBA has lost a lot of its popularity due to widely publicized problems within the league. In 1998, Sports Illustated reported on the large number of players, including many of the league's stars, who exhibited a general lack of responsibility by fathering multiple children with multiple women in many different cities across the country. [1] Numerous stories have also been published over the last decade reporting on the criminal activities of many players. [2] On November 19, 2004, the NBA suffered one of its most embarrassing and damaging moments, now known as the Pacers-Pistons brawl, when an altercation involving players and fans broke out near the end of the game.[3] More recently, accusations of game fixing by referees, possibly at the direction of NBA executives, have been reported as a way to extend the playoffs and increase television revenues. [4] Ron Artest charging into the stands, about to punch the man (in the black shirt) whom he thought was responsible for throwing a cup at him. ...


Charges of Title-Game Fix

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who was convicted of helping fix the outcomes of games for gamblers, claimed in June 2008 that the sixth game of the 2002 Western Conference finals was fixed on orders of commissioner David Stern. Allegedly two of the referees were ordered to ensure that the Los Angeles Lakers won a sixth game over the Sacramento Kings, who were up 3 games to two in the playoffs and would have eliminated the Lakers with a victory. Donaghy charges that over the Sacramento Kings two of the game's referees were "company men" who "manipulated" the outcome by calling several questionable fouls on the Kings and calling the two referees "company men," Donaghy alleged in a legal filing linked to his sentencing on the gambling charges that the refs called unwarranted fouls on the Kings, giving the Lakers' players 27 free throws in the fourth-quarter. The idea was to extend the series to a seventh game in order to maximize revenues. Stern denied the charges. Tim Donaghy (IPA (surname): [2]) (born January 7, 1967 in Havertown, Pennsylvania)[3] is a former professional basketball referee who worked in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 13 seasons from 1994 to 2007. ... For other persons named David Stern, see David Stern (disambiguation). ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. ...


Consumer advocate Ralph Nader has defended Donaghy, whom Stern impugned as a "convicted felon," telling the Los Angeles Times that after the controversial Sixth Game of the 2002 Western Conference playoffs, he had sent a letter to Stern critical of the refereeing.[5] There have long been urban myths that, since Stern assumed control of the NBA from former commissioner Larry O'Brien, that games have been were fixed through corrupt officiating to ensure that popular teams such as the Lakers reached the finals. Ralph Nader (born February 27, 1934) is an American attorney, author, lecturer, political activist, and candidate for President of the United States in five elections. ... This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... OBrien, c. ...


ESPN reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation already is investigating Donaghy's charges about the Game Six fix. The FBI is focused on referee Dick Bavetta, who worked the game. Ted Bernhardt, another ref who worked the game, told ESPN, "I stand by my calls in that game." Bernhardt defended Bavetta and Bob Delaney, who also worked Game 6.[6] F.B.I. and FBI redirect here. ...


According to the Los Angeles Times, Ralph Nader is considering filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, because "engaging in deceptive practices like what these referees have been accused of is consumer fraud."[7]


Notable people

Further information: Basketball Hall of Fame

Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ...

Presidents and commissioners

  • Maurice Podoloff, President from 1946 to 1963
  • Walter Kennedy, President from 1963 to 1967 and Commissioner from 1967 to 1975
  • Larry O'Brien, Commissioner from 1975 to 1984
  • David Stern, Commissioner since 1984

Maurice Podoloff Maurice Podoloff (August 18, 1890 - November 24, 1985) was a U.S. lawyer and basketball and ice hockey administrator. ... Walter J. Kennedy (born in Stamford, Connecticut, June 8, 1912 – June 26, 1977) was the Commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1963 until 1975. ... OBrien, c. ... For other persons named David Stern, see David Stern (disambiguation). ...

Players

The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (also referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... This article is about the NBA Player. ... Paul Joseph Arizin (April 9, 1928 – December 12, 2006), nicknamed Pitchin Paul, was an American basketball player who spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Philadelphia Warriors from 1950 to 1962. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for... Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBAs Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest... Dave Cowens David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948 in Newport, Kentucky) is a former professional basketball player and NBA Head Coach. ... William John Billy Cunningham (born June 3, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former pro basketball player, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid, and coach. ... David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 - May 14, 2003) was a professional basketball player born in Detroit, Michigan. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 and raised in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Walter Clyde Frazier (born March 29, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... George Gervin (born April 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player, a shooting guard for the American Basketball Associations (ABA) Virginia Squires and San Antonio Spurs and the National Basketball Associations (NBA) San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. ... Harold Everett Greer (born June 26, 1936 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a former pro basketball player. ... John J. Havlicek (born April 8, 1940 in Martins Ferry, Ohio) is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA titles, half of them coming in his first four seasons. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... Samuel Sam Jones (born June 24, 1933 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) was a legendary basketball star from the 1950s to the 1970s, and is now a world-renowned memory education expert. ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988) was an American basketball player known for his dazzling ballhandling, incredible shooting abilities, and creative passing. ... Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player who starred for thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. ... George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. ... Vernon Earl Monroe (born on November 21, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player known for his flamboyant dribbling, passing and play-making. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Robert Lee Parish (born August 30, 1953) in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a retired American basketball center. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... Willis Reed Jr. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965)) is a retired American NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Adolph Schayes (known as Dolph Schayes) (born May 19, 1928 in New York, New York) was a professional basketball player and coach in the NBA. He played his college basketball at New York University 1944-48. ... William Walton Bill Sharman (born May 25, 1926 in Abilene, Texas) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... This article is about the professional basketball player. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Nathaniel Nate Thurmond (born July 25, 1941, in Akron, Ohio) is rated by many one of the best defensive centers ever to play pro basketball, feared and praised by legends including Bob Pettit, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlain. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a retired American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. ... Lenny Wilkens with the Portland Trail Blazers Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former National Basketball Association player, as well as the NBAs career leader in coaching wins and losses. ... James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina) is a retired American college and professional basketball player. ... Here follows a list of National Basketball Association players. ...

Coaches

This is a list of National Basketball Association head coaches (as of April 13, 2007): Category: ... // Coaches who won the NBA Championship with two teams (3) Phil Jackson Chicago Bulls (1991-93, 1996-98) L.A. Lakers (2000-02) Alex Hannum Atlanta Hawks (1958) Philadelphia 76ers(1967) Pat Riley L.A. Lakers (1982,1985, 1987-88) Miami Heat (2006) Coaches who won the NBA Championship with...

Awards

The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... // The National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the player who has exhibited exceptional play during an NBA Finals series. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... The NBA Most Improved Player Award is the annual award presented at seasons end to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player who has made the most noticeable improvement from the previous season or seasons. ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ... The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues most valuable player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (sixth man). ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The NBA All-Rookie Team is a set of annual awards recognizing the top rookies in the National Basketball Association. ... YOU CAN KISS MY BOOTYThe NBA Sportsmanship Award (also named the Joe Dumars Trophy after its first recipient) has been presented by the National Basketball Association each year since 1996, to the player who most exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court — ethical behavior, fair play and integrity[1...

See also

This is a complete listing of professional sports teams in both the United States and Canada, with the addition of one Major Indoor Soccer League team based in Mexico. ... The table below lists domestic professional sports leagues from around the world by total attendances for the last completed season for which data is available. ... This list is ranked by Nielsen media markets in the United States. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... The National Basketball Association has faced a multitude of criticisms from both sports writers and fans. ... The National Basketball Association, arguably more than any other professional sport, is highly connected with the music world. ... The National Basketball Association has achieved a rapid rise and fall in television ratings since from the 1997-1998 NBA season, when ratings for the NBA Finals achieved a record high, to the 2002-2003 NBA season, when ratings for the same event hit an all-time record low. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) holds an All-Star Weekend every February, with a variety of basketball-related events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. ... The NBA Development League, or D-League, is the National Basketball Associations officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... The NBA Draft is an annual North American event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams (29 in the United States and one in Canada) can select players who wish to join the league. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... The National Basketball Associations first overall pick is the player who is selected first amongst all eligible draftees by a team during the annual player draft. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Current NBA Playoff logo. ... This article lists all-time leading figures achieved in the National Basketball Association in every major statistical category recognized by the league. ... The following is a list of National Basketball Association teams with the most consecutive (active) seasons not reaching the playoffs: (Last season playoffs reached, seed and conference in parentheses) 12 seasons Golden State Warriors (1993-94, 6th seed Western Conference) 7 seasons Atlanta Hawks (1998-99, 4th seed Eastern Conference... The following is a list of National Basketball Association teams with the most consecutive (active) seasons appearing in the playoffs: (NBA Finals appearances during streak in parentheses) 9 seasons San Antonio Spurs (1998-99 Won Championship, 2002-03 Won Championship, 2004-05 Won Championship) 8 seasons Sacramento Kings 6 seasons... The following is an all-time list of National Basketball Association teams with more than ten consecutive seasons appearing in the playoffs: 22 seasons Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (1949-50—1970-71) 21 seasons Portland Trail Blazers (1982-83—2002-03) 20 seasons Utah Jazz (1983-84—2002-03) 19... Through nearly 60 seasons of history, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has had several intense rivalries. ... Basketball TV or BTV is a 24-hour all-basketball cable channel in the Philippines owned by the Solar Entertainment Corporation. ... The NBA on ABC is the de facto name for a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on the American Broadcasting Company television network in the United States. ... The NBA on CBS is a former TV show that televised National Basketball Association games on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and was produced by CBS Sports. ... The NBA on ESPN is the de facto title for the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... NBA TV is a television network that is dedicated to showcasing the sport of basketball in the United States. ... The NBA on NBC was a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) from 1990 to 2002. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a TV show which broadcasts National Basketball Association games on TNT. TNT began airing NBA games in 1988, and aired games on multiple nights of the week (usually twice a week with sister network TBS airing another... NBA 2K is a basketball video game series that was initially exclusive for the Sega Dreamcast starting in 1999. ... NBA Jam is a basketball arcade game created by Midway in 1993. ... This article is about the video game series. ... NBA Street is a successful basketball video game created by EA Sports BIG. It was released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2. ... The Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ...

Notes

  1. ^ USA Basketball: USA Basketball Members
  2. ^ NBA.com: The First Game
  3. ^ History of Basketball in Canada. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved on 2007-04-13.
  4. ^ ESPN - Leather ball will return on Jan. 1 - NBA
  5. ^ http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/6227520?FSO1&ATT=HCP&GT1=8901
  6. ^ Donaghy under investigation for betting on NBA games, ESPN
  7. ^ http://www.nba.com/history/deadline_deals.html

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