Basketball

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All this time i have only been talking about NBA which right now is recognised as one of the major basketball leagues in the world but now I’m going to talk about how this sport came to be. I’ts long history began in 1891 when the game was invented.

James Naismith published 13 rules for the new game. He divided his class of 18 into 2 teams of 9 players each and set about to teach them the basics of his new game of Basketball. The objective of the game was to throw the basketball, into the fruit baskets nailed to the lower railing of the gym balcony. The first public basketball game was played in Springfield, MA, on March 11, 1892.

The first professional league was founded in 1898. Six teams took part in the National Basketball League, and the first champions were the Trenton Nationals, followed by the New York Wanderers, the Bristol Pile Drivers and the Camden Electrics. The league was abandoned in 1904.Then, many small championships were organized, but most of them were not as important as some teams who played for money against challengers.

Then the two major leagues the BAA and the NBL merged to become the NBA , the most important basketball league in the world.

NBA History

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In 1949, after a three-year battle to win both players and fans, the rival Basketball Association of America (BAA) and National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The BAA incorporated in 1946, challenging the hegemony of the nine-year old NBL. The BAA established itself in bigger cities than the NBL, which existed only in small Midwestern cities like Fort Wayne, Sheboygan and Akron. While the NBL held its games in small gymnasiums, the upstart BAA played its games in large major-market arenas such as the Boston Garden and New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

On August 3, 1949, representatives from the two leagues met at the BAA offices in New York’s Empire State Building to finalize the merger. Maurice Podoloff, head of the BAA since its inception, was elected head of the new league. The new NBA was made up of 17 teams that represented both small towns and large cities across the country.

NBA All-Star Weekend

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The NBA All-Star Weekend is a weekend festival held every February during the middle of the NBA regular season that consists of a variety of basketball events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. No regular season games are held during this period, which is also known as the All-Star break.

Some events included are:

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game: First held in 2004, the game features retired NBA players, WNBA players, actors, musicians, and athletes from sports other than basketball.
  • Rising Stars Challenge: From 1995 until 1999, the event was called the «Rookie Game,» and composed entirely of first-year players. From 2000 through 2011, the game, renamed the «Rookie Challenge», featured a team of first-year players against a team of second-year players. The 2012 game debuted a new name, the «Rising Stars Challenge», and a new format. While the game continues to feature first- and second-year players, the participants are now assigned to teams in a «fantasy draft» by two honorary captains.
  • Slam Dunk Contest: This competition showcases the creativity and athletic ability of some of the league’s youngest best dunkers. The specific rules of the contest are decided each year, but the competition is always judged subjectively. After each dunk, or attempted dunk, competitors are awarded a mark out of 10 from five judges, giving a possible high score of 50. The usual rules of ‘traveling’ and double dribbling do not apply.
  • Three-Point Shootout: The league’s best three point shooters shoot five basketballs from five different spots around the three-point line. Each shot is worth one point except the last ball of each rack (informally called ‘money balls’), which is worth two points. The highest score available in one round is 30 points. The shooters have one minute to shoot the basketballs.

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NBA All-Star Game

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The NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition game hosted by the NBA. It puts the star players of the Eastern Conference against the star players of the Western Conference. This is the main event of the NBA All-Star weekend.

The starting lineup of each team is selected by a fan ballot, while the reserves are voted by the head coaches of each team of the respective conference. Coaches cannot choose players from their own team and if a player is injured the NBA commissioner selects a replacement. The head coach of the team with the best record of their respective conference is chosen as the head coach of their own conference team.

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The idea of holding an All-Star Game was conceived during a meeting between NBA president Maurice Podoloff, NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen and Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown. At that time, the basketball world had just been stunned by the college basketball point-shaving scandal. In order to regain public attention to the league, Cohen suggested the league to host an exhibition game featuring the league’s best players, similar to the MLB’s All-Star game.

NBA Latin Night «Noche Latina»

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These commemorative games celebrate the growing support of NBA fans and players across Latin America and U.S. Hispanic communities with special telecasts and in-arena festivities, including distinctive NBA team uniform.

ImagenThis tradition began in the 08-09 season on March 1st on Los Angeles and included the teams of Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, Chicago, and New York.

To further honor hispanic fans and players during Noche Latina  the teams hosts performances, giveaways, and  other Latin-themed activities. The NBA hosts a special channel the ‘enebea’ to transmit the special seven games and special platforms to showcase special events and sell the merchandise.

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NBA Western Conference pre-season review

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The NBA preseason has begun. Some teams started strong and got weak, some teams started weak and got strong. The Western Conference begun with San Antonio, Portland, Golden State, and Los Angeles on top. Los Angeles got lowered to sixth place and San Antonio got on first and Portland on second, Oklahoma got from seventh place to third and Golden State got lowered to fourth. in this Conference my favorite team is L.A. Clippers and I’m happy they are on the first eight places.

NBA Eastern Conference pre-season review

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The NBA preseason has begun. Some teams started strong and got weak and some teams started weak and got strong. The eastern conference begun with Miami on first place and Chicago on Second but only in under one week Miami got lowered to sixth place and Chicago was removed from the first eight with Teams like Indiana, Charlotte and Philadelphia got on top. Then Charlotte and Philadelphia were replaced again by Miami And Chicago while Indiana stayed first. My favorite team New York Knicks was on the first five got lowered all the way to third last.