The Evolution Of Basketball

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Can you imagine playing the game of basketball without a three point line? Basketball has constantly changed throughout history and continues to change today. The National Basketball Association has risen in popularity and is now one of America’s most popular sports. Because basketball continues to be a popular sport, a fan should learn about the origin of the NBA, how the game evolved from the late 1940s to the early two thousands, and how the players today impact the way it is played. Although many sports are not considered American-made like soccer, basketball is one of the few sports that began in America. In fact, it is the only major sport that can be considered American-made (Encyclopedia.com Basketball). The inventor of basketball…show more content…
When the league was created, the game was only made up of seventeen teams, both from small and large cities(History.com Staff NBA is born). The first NBA finals was played in 1947, and the first All-Star game was in 1951(NBA.com NBA Top Moments). However, through the 1950s fan support was lacking. By 1954, the NBA was down to only eight teams(History.com Staff NBA is born). This same year a person by the name of Leo Ferris invented the twenty-four second shot clock. This helped speed up the pace of play, which allowed the game to become faster and more exciting. In the 1960s the NBA was beginning to grow, but a rival league known as the American Basketball Association of the ABA challenged the NBA. However, this didn’t last long, by 1976 the ABA and NBA merged into one league. Another milestone for the…show more content…
The 1960s were dominated by big men. In fact the 1961-62 season was known as the season of giants. During the 1960s era, Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics won eleven championships in thirteen seasons. During the 1980s, the game of basketball grew tremendously. This was all due to the huge rivalry of Magic Johnson’s Lakers and Larry Bird’s Celtics(NBA.com NBA Top Finals Moments). The 1990s saw the era of Michael Jordan. Jordan became the NBA and was perhaps even bigger than it. After the Jordan era, more players from around the world began to join the league(NBA Hoops Online, NBA History). Finally, the two thousands were run by the legend Kobe Bryant and the future Hall of Famer LeBron James(NBA.com, NBA Top Finals Moments). The National Basketball Association has gone through a lot to get to what it is today. Today’s league contains thirty teams. These teams are divided into two conferences, the east and west. Fifteen teams are in the east and fifteen teams are in the west. Another way they are divided is there are six divisions that contain five teams each. Two NBA teams the Golden State Warriors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have battled it out in the finals for the last three years and are the front runners this year(Trenchard, NBA Then and Now). In today’s league, players
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