The National Basketball Association, known by its acronym NBA, is a professional basketball league in the United States and Canada. 29 teams from the United States and one team from Canada are taking part in the race to win the championship ring. The NBA is an active member of the U.S. Basketball Association.
The league was founded on June 6, 1946 in New York under the name American Basketball American Association, known by its acronym BAA (from BAA). The name National Basketball Association was adopted in the fall of 1949, after merging with a rival league that until then was called the National Basketball League, known by its acronym NBL (from the NBL).
The American Basketball Association, known by its acronym ABA (ABA), is a basketball league founded in 1946 by the owners of major sports halls. Although there have been attempts to establish a professional basketball league before, a basketball league was established for the first time, in which matches were played in larger cities and halls. The game between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knicks, played on November 1, 1946, was the first official game of the NBA League.
The league was named NBA after the merger of BAA and NBL, and the number of teams increased to 17. In the following years, the NBA fell into crisis, so in 1954 the league had only eight clubs, which is the least in the history of the league.
Between 1949 and 1954, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by the George Maican Center, won five NBA titles, becoming the first NBA dynasty. To speed up the game, a rule was introduced to limit the attack to 24 seconds.
In 1956, Bill Russell signed for the Boston Celtics and won 11 NBA titles with the Celtics in 13 seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain began playing in 1959 and became the biggest star of the league in the following decade, setting a series of records in points and rebounds.
In that period, there was a new relocation of clubs to larger cities and the first expansion of the league.
In 1967, the league faced new competition in the form of the newly founded basketball league - the American Basketball Association. In the following period, there was a great fight between these two leagues over bringing in new talents, as well as already established players and basketball referees. Godi�