NBA GuideThu, 01 Jan 2009 01:17
Guiding you through the national basketball association.
The National Basketball Association, popularly known as the NBA, is a premier professional men's basketball league of North America. It is currently composed of 20 teams: 29 of which are from United States and one from Canada. The league is also an active member of USA Basketball (USAB) and has been granted recognition by the International Basketball Federation as the National Governing Body of the United States for basketball. The NBA is also among the four major professional sports leagues in North America, which include the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball.
NBA guide: NBA history
The NBA was founded on June 6, 1946 in New York City. Back then, it was still referred to as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). In 1949, the BAA merged with their rival, the National Basketball League, and formed the National Basketball Association. On November 1, 1946, the Toronto Huskies played against the New York Knickerbockers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a game that is now regarded as the first game played in NBA history.
NBA guide: the start of the regular season
After the summer break, NBA teams hold training sessions in October. After the training, pre-season exhibition games are held. Usually, the NBA regular season starts during the first week of November. Each team plays a total of 82 games within the regular season.
NBA guide: notable players
Robert Joseph Cousy, more popularly known as Bob Cousy, is a retired professional basketball player. From 1951 to 1963, he played point guard for the NBA's Boston Celtics, and he was also a part of the Cincinnati Royals during the 1969-70 season. Cousy had a very successful career with the Boston Celtics. He led the team in winning six championships, and he was voted into the 12 All-NBA First and Second Teams and 13 All-Star. In 1957, he even won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.
Michael Jordan is perhaps the most popular basketball player of all time. A retired professional basketball player for the NBA, he helped popularize the league around the world during the 1980s and 1990s. Jordan's ability to leap high gained him the nicknames "His Airness" and "Air Jordan." He's also known as one of the best defensive players in the NBA. Jordan's individual accomplishments in basketball include 10 All-NBA First Team designations, five MVP awards, 14 NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star MVP, 10 scoring titles, three steal titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Kobe Bryant plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. From 2000 to 2002, Bryant and his then teammate Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to winning three consecutive NBA finals. When O'Neal left the team during the 2003-04 season, Bryant became the star player of the Lakers team. During the 2007-08 NBA season, he got the Most Valuable Player Award, which he very well deserved. He also won a gold medal when he became a member of the Men's Basketball Team for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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