The NBA had just merged with the National Basketball League in 1949, and the new league was made up of 17 teams. However, soon it would lose teams, and by its sixth year, it was down to eight teams. This was due to financial problems, particularly for teams in smaller markets. Fortunately, Fort Wayne Pistons owner Frank Zollner stepped in and helped the NBA remain financially solvent.
The league’s current organization consists of 30 teams divided into two conferences and three divisions. The Eastern Conference has thirteen teams, while the Central and Mountain time zones are home to three and five teams, respectively. A team can be a part of the Eastern Conference if it qualifies as a third or fourth-seed.
The original NBA draft process was much more tedious. Teams had to order picks in alphabetical order, and it became more difficult to keep track of who got picked where. As a result, most players were picked after the third round. Additionally, the draft process was not kept up to date, and most players didn’t care about it.
The NBA has implemented a new policy to ensure the safety of players, coaches, and team personnel. Players and team personnel will have to undergo COVID-19 testing to make sure they are not infected. In addition, they will have to take a cardiac screening. All of this is part of the league’s efforts to combat a pandemic that affected many teams.
In the 1950s, there were seventeen teams in the NBA. Most of them were located in larger cities. There were also four teams that relocated during this time, and one of these was the Minnesota Timberwolves. In fact, this was the second NBA team to play in the Twin Cities. This change was made possible thanks to the merger of the BAA and the NBL.
The NBA’s organizational structure is unusual. In many jurisdictions, it is treated as a joint venture between the team owners. In other jurisdictions, however, the NBA operates as a single entity under federal antitrust law. This distinction is important because it can affect the rights of member team owners. If the NBA were not incorporated, it could be treated as a joint venture partnership, with members owing fiduciary duties to one another.
The NBA has been dominated by teams of a certain era. In the early decades, the Minneapolis Lakers dominated the league with five consecutive championships. Later, the Boston Celtics won 11 titles in 13 seasons from 1957-69. Then, the Chicago Bulls took over the league and the NBA’s popularity rose again.
Some of the most successful players in the NBA have been from overseas countries. Sarunas Marciulionis, a Lithuanian, was the first European to sign with an NBA club. He helped lead the NBA’s internationalization during the 1990s. Another example is Toni Kukoc, a Croatian who was a three-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls. He was named as one of the 50 greatest Europeans in 2008 and was a two-time NBA All-Star.