The NBA is the national basketball league of the United States and Canada. Its first season took place in 1946. Before then, the NBA was a footnote in the world of professional basketball. However, it was successful because of its popularity in big cities and its consistency. Many of its stars have gained international acclaim. Currently, there are thirty NBA teams. The regular season runs from October to April. Each team plays 82 games. It also features a playoff round, where the best team competes to earn a title.
Each team is ranked by their record during the regular season. The team with the best record gets home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The lower seeded team faces a weaker opponent in the first round.
In the early 1980s, the NBA was plagued by money-losing franchises and low attendance. To help fix the problem, the league changed the way it did business. Among other things, the league changed its Win Shares ratio from 3:1 to a more realistic 1:1. The change helped keep the league financially viable. The league also imposed limits on player salaries. In the 2000s, the NBA was able to attract fans by using aggressive marketing, highlighting players like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. It also looked for ways to increase its national appeal.
One of the first changes to the NBA involved its shot clock. The league introduced a 24-second shot clock in 1954. The idea was to force more shooting. If a field goal is not scored within 24 seconds, the game is stopped.
Another change to the NBA in the 1990s was the introduction of the three-point shot. This allowed teams to shoot more accurately. During this period, there were also rumors that some teams would be relocated. Eventually, six of the teams moved. Those that remained were the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, and St. Louis Hawks.
The league also expanded its All-Star Game. Each team is given the opportunity to select up to 14 All-Stars. They are then voted on by the coaching staff. The remaining fourteen are rounded up to 12. There is also a 3-man inactive list. The team can also assign a player with less than two years of experience to the NBA G League.
In recent years, the NBA has faced EuroLeague teams in exhibition matches. The NBA has also expanded its All-Star Game festivities to include lucrative broadcast rights. During this period, there have been several NBA legends, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes, Karl Malone, and Stephen Curry. Some of the most famous names in the history of the league include LeBron James, Allen Iverson, and Bill Russell.
In the last decade, the NBA has seen a lot of growth. In addition to its expansion, the league is also facing a plethora of new challenges. There are a number of former athletes who have left the league, as well as many who have joined.