During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the National Basketball Association was in a golden age. The Bulls, Celtics, and Lakers dominated the sport for many years. In the early 2000s, the Lakers began to dominate again. These teams were also aided by financial problems with teams in smaller cities. Eventually, the Lakers were moved out of Los Angeles and back to their original home in Minnesota.

The best basketball team in the league is the one that wins its division. Each team plays 82 games during the regular season. The top eight teams in each conference advance to the playoffs. The playoffs are played over a span of four rounds. Each round features a best-of-seven format. The team with the best record gets home court advantage in the first round. The winner of each round advances to the next round. The best of the best advances to the NBA Finals. The winner is awarded the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

The NBA’s best player award is the Most Valuable Player. This is given to the player who best demonstrates the best performance during the game. The award is bestowed to the player who demonstrates the most improvement from one season to the next. A similar award is the Defensive Player of the Year. The award is bestowed to the player most effective at defending his opponent’s shots.

The NBA has a lot of different awards and awards to choose from. The NBA Replay Center allows users to watch replays of past games. The NBA also has a long history of partnerships with television networks in the United States. The league currently has contracts with ABC, ESPN, and TNT through the 2024-25 season.

The NBA’s newest franchises include the Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, and San Antonio Spurs. The league has 30 teams. Most of the teams are located in the eastern half of the country. The NBA also has a team in Canada.

The NBA’s most famous player is Artis Gilmore of the Minneapolis Lakers. This team won five championships during the early decades of the NBA. Another star of the decade was Elvin Hayes.

Another major contribution of the decade was the three-point shot. This enables teams to shoot more efficiently. The shot clock is also a big deal in the NBA. This system is designed to encourage teams to rely less on dribbling and more on shooting.

The NBA has also introduced a tiebreaker system when necessary. A team’s record during the regular season is combined with its records during the playoffs to determine its playoff ranking. The team with the best record wins the playoff spot. The team with the second best record advances to the next round. This system is also used to determine the playoff winners. The NBA’s playoffs are the most exciting time of the year. Each team plays three or four games against its divisional rivals. They also play two games against their intraconference rivals.