What is NBA?
NBA is an international sports league. The National Basketball League is a professional American basketball league, which is also known as the National Basketball League or NBA. The league consists of 30 teams and is among the four major international professional sports leagues in North America. It is also the premier men’s professional league in the planet.
NBA is comprised of six teams, which play across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. The most popular teams are the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns. A major attraction for NBA is the presence of big names of players like Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal and every one of his numerous fans. The game involves two referees who are sitting on the court with monitors constantly monitoring the action from below.
The game is divided into three phases. The first is the playing stage, during which players move around the court and try to execute the game moves. The second phase is called the break down stage and this is when the players come back to the playing arena after taking a break. The last phase is the resting stage where players go back to their hotel rooms or training facilities. In all, there are eight games played in each NBA season.
Each NBA team has three points that it can add to its score called ‘picks’. These picks are decided by the team management. If a player scores more than the many points of the opponent’s team, he becomes a ‘game winner’. Players can only win one game in each NBA season.
NBA players have the chance of representing their country in the International Basketball Games or the Olympic Games. This will be the most memorable moment in their career. When a player becomes eligible for an Olympics, he must play in a qualifying tournament and then he will be chosen based on his performance. For basketball players, this is the prime time to be apart from their families and friends. The athlete must keep in mind that the Olympics are not just about winning, it is about representing one’s country best.
Today, you can see a lot of NBA players both past and present, representing their teams. They are being paid very well for doing so. You can follow their progress either online or in their daily newspaper sports column. Follow hoops!