Sporting Focus: A History of the NBA and Its Most Successful Teams

Comprising one Canadian and 29 American teams, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is the world’s most prestigious professional basketball league.

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The league was originally called the Basketball Association of America

Established on June 6, 1946 in New York City, the BAA initially began with 11 basketball teams. Prior to the start of the BAA’s second season, however, four teams dropped out in rapid succession.

The NBA’s first game was staged at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada

The New York Knickerbockers played against the host team, the Toronto Huskies, on November 1, 1946. Ossie Schectman of the Knicks made the first basket.

Michael Jordan was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player five times

Signed by the Chicago Bulls in 1984, Michael Jordan is now regarded as one of the most talented players in the history of the sport. In his first season as a professional, Jordan was named the NBA Rookie of the Year, although he missed most of the following season after breaking his foot.

Tyrone Bogues was the NBA’s shortest player

Looking back, it seems extraordinary that 5’ 3” Tyrone Bogues made it into the sport at all, let alone blocking 39 shots on taller players.

Of the original NBA teams, only the Celtics and the Knicks have never moved city

Having amassed 17 championship titles, the Celtics are the most successful NBA team in the league’s history. Starting in 1959, the Celtics won eight consecutive championships. Lucky the Leprechaun, the team’s mascot, reflects Boston’s large Irish population.

Douglas Healy is a Springfield, Missouri-based attorney with nearly 20 years of legal experience.

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