The National Basketball Association, NBA is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. It has thirty franchised member clubs 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada, and is an active member of USA Basketball, USAB, which is recognized by FIBA also known as the International Basketball Federation as the national governing body for basketball in the United States.
The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America, BAA. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after absorbing the rival National Basketball League, NBL.
See how each National Basketball Association team came to be in their city, their nickname and their facility.
Formation Of The NBA
Consolidate To Eleven
Team Shifts and Expansion
Commissioner David Stern
Notable events during Stern's tenure:
Relocation of 6 NBA franchises (Clippers, Kings, Grizzlies, Nets, Hornets and Sonics)
7 new NBA teams (Hornets, Timberwolves, Heat, Magic, Grizzlies, Raptors, and Bobcats)
Ratification of the NBA Dress Code
NBA Finals Trophy renamed to Larry O'Brien Trophy
NBA Finals MVP Trophy renamed to the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
Four NBA lockouts (1995, 1996, 1998–99, and 2011)