• Atlanta Hawks

    Cable network entrepreneur and Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner bought the team in 1977. In 1982, the franchise acquired superstar Dominique Wilkins and promoted Mike Fratello to head coach a year later.
  • Utah Jazz

    During the late 1980s, John Stockton and Karl Malone arose as the franchise players for the team, and formed one of the most famed point guard–power forward duos in NBA history.
  • New York Knickerbockers

    Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to two championship titles in 1970 and 1973.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavaliers have featured many NBA stars during its history, including draft picks turned All-Stars Austin Carr, Brad Daugherty, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mark Price, LeBron James, and Kyrie Irving.
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National Basketball Association

nbaThe 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

On August 3, 1949, the Basketball Association of America agreed to absorb the NBL, creating the new National Basketball Association. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as large arenas and smaller gymnasiums and armories.

Consolidate To Eleven

In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1953 - 1954, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises, all of which are still in the league (the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Royals/Kings, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and Nationals/76ers). The process of contraction saw the league's smaller-city franchises move to larger cities. The Hawks shifted from "Tri-Cities" (the area now known as the Quad Cities) to Milwaukee (in 1951) and then to St. Louis, Missouri (in 1955); the Royals from Rochester, New York to Cincinnati (in 1957); and the Pistons from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Detroit (in 1957).

Team Shifts and Expansion

Through this period, the NBA continued to strengthen with the shift of the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76ers, and the St. Louis Hawks moving to Atlanta, as well as the addition of its first expansion franchises. The Chicago Packers (now Washington Wizards) became the ninth NBA team in 1961. From 1966 to 1968, the league expanded from 9 to 14 teams, introducing the Chicago Bulls, Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder), San Diego Rockets (who relocated to Houston four years later), Milwaukee Bucks, and Phoenix Suns.

NBA Logo

In 1969, Alan Siegel, who oversaw the design of Jerry Dior's Major League Baseball logo a year prior, created the modern NBA logo inspired by the MLB's. It incorporates the silhouette of the legendary Jerry West based on a photo by Wen Roberts, although NBA officials denied a particular player as being its influence because, according to Siegel, "They want to institutionalize it rather than individualize it. It's become such a ubiquitous, classic symbol and focal point of their identity and their licensing program that they don't necessarily want to identify it with one player." The iconic logo debuted in 1971 and would remain a fixture of the NBA brand.

Commissioner David Stern

On February 1, 1984, David Stern became the Commissioner of the NBA, succeeding Larry O'Brien. It was during that same year (1984-85) that four of the NBA's biggest superstars — Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton — entered the league.
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)

Canada Expansion

In 1995, the NBA expanded to Canada with the addition of the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors. In 2001, the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, which left the Raptors as the only Canadian team in the NBA.

NBA Lockout

The 2011 NBA lockout was the fourth lockout in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The owners began the work stoppage upon expiration of the 2005 collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The 161-day lockout began on July 1, 2011 and ended on December 8, 2011. It delayed the start of the 2011 - 2012 regular season from November 1 to December 25, and it reduced the regular season from 82 to 66 games. The previous lockout in 1998 - 1999 had shortened the season to 50 games. During the lockout, teams could not trade, sign or contact players, and players could not access NBA team facilities, trainers or staffs.

Adam Silver New Commish

On February 1, 2014, Adam Silver was unanimously approved to succeed David Stern as Commissioner of the NBA. Originally the Deputy Commissioner from 2005 through 2014, he was a protege of David Stern, who endorsed Silver to be his replacement on October 2013. Previously, Silver worked as senior vice president of NBA Entertainment, president of NBA Entertainment, a special assistant to the commissioner, NBA chief of staff, and Deputy Commissioner under Stern. Basketballs for games now contain Adam Silver's signature, a first for the NBA. Silver hand-picked Mark Tatum as his Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. Tatum is the first African-American Deputy Commissioner of the NBA in history.