NBA basketball is an extremely physical sport. It requires players to jump, spin, leap and crash into one another at high speeds. This makes the game prone to injury. Several studies have reported on injuries in NBA players. Henry et al reported on 576 injuries in 71 professional athletes over 7 years. This study analyzed 12 594 injuries in 1366 NBA players over 17 years. There was a high incidence of injury with an average of 19.1 injuries per 1000 athlete exposures. The majority of the injuries were to the knee, ankle and foot and accounted for 59 179 games missed. The rate of injury was not influenced by height, weight or number of years of experience in the NBA.
The NBA is a professional sports league in the United States and around the world. It has a large following and a diverse revenue stream that includes television rights, ticket sales, sponsorships, and merchandising. The league has experienced rapid growth and increased profits over the past decade. However, it has not yet reached the revenues of its entrenched rivals in baseball and football.
Like most professional sports leagues, the NBA has a complex organizational structure. The NBA is an association of team owners, each of which owns a stake in the league. Each of the individual team owners has fiduciary duties to other members of the league and may be held liable for any breach of those duties.
In addition to its regular season schedule, the NBA has a playoff system that determines the league champion. The top eight teams in each conference advance to the playoffs. The first round matches the highest-seeded team against the lowest-seeded team (1 vs. 8). Each series is a best-of-seven games format, with two home games for the higher-seeded team and two for the lower-seeded team.
The Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings are among the teams in this year’s playoffs, with the winner of the series going on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers or Oklahoma City Thunder in the championship game. The NBA has a rich history of great players, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Karl Malone.
The first black player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was Wataru Misaka, who played for the New York Knicks in 1947-48. After him, several African-American players joined the league, including Chuck Cooper and Nathaniel “Sweetwater” Clifton of the Boston Celtics, and Harold Hunter and Earl Lloyd of the Washington Capitols.