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The National Basketball Association is an international professional basketball organization in North America. The league consists of thirty-two teams and is considered as one of the four professional sports leagues in the entire United States and Canada. It is also the premier men’s basketball league in the planet. As of today, the United States has a team in the World Series of Basketball; however, it is expected that a few teams from other countries will join and compete with the NBA teams one day.
In recent times, there have been several teams that have emerged and joined the league. Some of them are from the American League, while others are from the Eastern Conference. Some of the NBA teams even qualify for the finals series of the World Series of Basketball. The most popular among all the teams in the NBA are the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Boston Celtics is famous for their long-time players like Larry Bird and Bill Webster. They are now coached by the veteran coach Doc Rivers. The team is coached by Brad Ausberry who is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the NBA. His reputation and his tactics have made the Boston Celtics one of the top teams in the league.
The Los Angeles Lakers are a team of young and talented players that won the championship in three straight years. Most of their roster is made up of promising young players that have the potential to become All-Star caliber players in the future. With the presence of Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant as stars, the Lakers will definitely be a force to be reckoned with. The only problem is that they haven’t tasted championship success since they were first introduced to the NBA. Though they managed to retain their players like Kobe Bryant and Iverson, they haven’t been able to take the trophy home.
The Houston Rockets are considered to be one of the favorites to win the NBA title this year. Led by the two-headed monster that is Tracy McGrady, the Rockets have a number of talented players. Guys like Dikembe Mutombo, Luis Scola and Steve Francis are worth their weight in gold. Scola is one of the most athletic defenders in the NBA and he can protect the paint on the interior. He is an excellent shot blocker and plays a vital role in helping his team win games.
The Dallas Mavericks is another team to keep an eye on during the NBA season. They are led by Jason Terry who is a bruising defender that can be a handful on the inside. The Mavericks have one of the best players in Jason Kidd, who is also one of the more cerebral players in the NBA. Expect the Dallas Mavericks to challenge for the Western Conference title.