Whenever the mind is to think about basketball, one sure thing that will come to mind is the famous NBA. Also referred to as the National Basketball Association, NBA is presently the most popular basketball tournament in the world, featuring the best and most popular basketball athletes.
In the U.S and Canada, the NBA forms the most famous basketball league. If you will also like to consider playersâ competition, notoriety and salary, NBA is a world leader in the niche. However,Â the modern NBA evolved from a lot of done over several years in order to bring about the present level of development. Letâs examine some of the details.
The NBA was initially referred to as the Basketball Association of America (BAA) which came alive in 1946. This was an association established to coalesce the efforts the continentâs top teams in order to make the sport more popular. In its year of establishment, the first ever live basketball game staged by the association was between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knickerbockers. However, there was a change in nomenclature when the BAA merged, in 1949, with the National Basketball League, which led to currently known National Basketball Association.
This was followed, during the succeeding years, by addition of teams and expansion of the popularity of NBA which paraded to players that can feature indomitably in the world basketball championship. However, these long years of effort was threatened when the American Basketball Association (ABA) surfaced in 1967, which set up stern competition with NBA after acquiring four of the NBAâs well-known referees and the top scorer for the NBA championship as at that time, Rick Berry.
Meanwhile, in order to check the threat posed by ABA, the NBA started a massive and rapid expansion. This led to the size of NBA being doubled in a move to win the heart of more cities and top players; growing from a total of nine teams to eighteen between 1966 and 1974. As the duel…