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National Basketball Association

The National Basketball Association of the USA, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional club basketball competition in North America, and undoubtedly the best club basketball competition in the world. Its strength is such that most NBA sides could comfortably account for every national team except the US itself.

The NBA was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America. It adopted the name National Basketball Association in the fall of 1949 after adding several teams from the rival National Basketball League.

The NBA consists of the following teams:

Eastern Conference:
Atlantic Division Boston Celtics Miami Heat New Jersey Nets New York Knicks Orlando Magic Philadelphia 76ers Washington Wizards
Central Division Atlanta Hawks Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Indiana Pacers Milwaukee Bucks New Orleans Hornets Toronto Raptors
Western Conference:
Midwest Division Dallas Mavericks Denver Nuggets Houston Rockets Memphis Grizzlies Minnesota Timberwolves San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz
Pacific Division Golden State Warriors (located in Oakland, California) Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns Portland Trail Blazers Sacramento Kings Seattle Supersonics
Future teams Charlotte Bobcats 2004-05

Past Champions:

Defunct NBA Teams

  • Anderson, IN Packers 1949-50
  • Baltimore Bullets 1947-55 ( Last NBA team to Fold)
  • Chicago Stags 1946-50
  • Cleveland Rebels 1946-47
  • Denver Nuggets 1949-50
  • Detroit Falcons 1946-47
  • Indianapolis Jets 1948-49
  • Indianapolis Olympians 1949-53
  • Pittsburgh Ironmen 1946-47
  • Providence Steamrollers 1946-49
  • St. Louis Bombers 1946-50
  • Sheboygan, Wis Redskins 1949-50
  • Toronto Huskies 1946-47
  • Washington Capitols 1946-51
  • Waterloo, IA Hawks 1949-50

NBA Presidents and Commissioners

  • Maurice Podoloff......... 1946–63 President
  • Walter Kennedy........... 1963–67 President
  • Walter Kennedy........... 1967-75 Commissioner
  • Larry O'Brien............ 1975–84 Commissioner
  • David Stern.............. 1984– Commissioner



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