FACTS Founded June 6, 1946, in New York. Recent Champions: Dallas Mavericks(1) Most titles: Boston Celtics ( 17) Basketball is one of the four major American sports. First game to be played was in Toronto, Canada on November 1, 1946. In 1998 NBA Finals was the most watched championship series in NBA history. Number of total teams: 30 29 In the U.S. 1 team in Canada
SEASONS Training camps begin September. Find out teams strength & weaknesses. Pre-Season Begins in October, Following with the regular season in the last week of October. In February the season pauses to host the annual NBA All- Star games. Between April the season ends, following begins the Playoffs. The last two teams play in the NBA Finals. The final playoff round, a best-of-seven series between the victors of both conferences, is known as the NBA Finals, and is held annually in June
TOP TEAMS IN THE NBA HISTORY Boston Celtics ( 2 Seasons 17 titles) Chicago Bulls (2 Seasons, 6 titles) Philadelphia 76ers ( 2 Seasons 3 titles) Los Angeles Lakers ( 2 seasons, 16 titles) New York Knicks (One Season 2 titles ) Detroit Pistons (one season, 5 titles)
BOSTON CELTICS Team based in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1946. From 1957 to 1969, the Celtics dominated the league winning 11 championships in 13 years, and eight in a row, the longest consecutive championship streak of any American sports team. Hall of Famers which include Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Larry Bird In 1950, the Celtics became the first franchise to draft an African American player, signing Chuck Cooper. The ―Big Three‖ are Paul Pierce, Ray Allen & Kevin Garnett.
CHICAGO BULLS Team based in Chicago, Illinois. The team was founded in 1966. All six of those championship teams were led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson. During the 1990s, the Bulls helped spread the popularity of the NBA around the world. Once Michael Jordan arrived the Bulls won 6 championships in 8 years. 1994-2004 have been difficult years for the Bulls since Jordan’s retirement. In 2008 they drafted MVP Derrick Rose. Bulls have a tradition of wearing black shoes during the playoffs, which goes all the way back to 1989. 20 achievement/awards in categories. The ―Big Three‖ are Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, & Joakim Noah.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS Team Based in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1947 Most successful team in history. Second most valuable NBA franchise, estimating to a value of $643 million. Total of 23 Hall of Famers. Lakers and Celtics have been called the best rivalry in the NBA meeting a total of 12 times. 1999-2004 was the O’Neal, Bryant, & Jackson era. 2007- 2011 the Lakers return to the championships. The ―Big Three‖ are Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Pau Gasol.
DALLAS MAVERICKS Team based in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1980. Sixth most valuable team franchise , valuing approximately $438 million. In the early years they never really made it to the playoffs, because of dominance from the Lakers. Best season was in 2006-07, winning 67 games, & earning NBA’s best record. 2011 playoffs they swept the Lakers with a 4-0 win. Later winning 4-2 in the Finals against Heat. Dirk Nowitzki has been selected to play in the NBA All-Star team 10 times. The ―Big Three‖ are Dirk Nowitzi,, Jason Terry, & Jason Kidd.
NBA CARES NBA Cares is the league’s community that addresses important social issues such as education, youth and family development, and health and wellness. The NBA and its teams support a range of programs, partners and initiatives that strive to positively impact children and families worldwide. Since October 2005 when NBA Cares was launched, the league and teams have raised more than $160 million for charity, provided more than 1.7 million hours of hands-on service, and built more than 610 places where kids and families can live, learn or play in communities around the world.
NBA LOCKOUT 2011 Fourth lockout in the history of the NBA. It began on July 1, 2011. The main issues dividing the owners and the players are because the players and owners don’t want to settle on money. Saying that they wont go lower then 52.5% During the lockout, teams cannot trade, sign or contact players and players cannot access NBA team facilities, trainers or staffs. All preseason games and the first four weeks of the 2011–12 season through November 30, 2011, have already been cancelled. Some players have signed contracts to play in other countries, and most have the option to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends. The lockout will remain in effect until the NBPA reaches a deal with the NBA owners.
IMPACT NBA League lost about $200 million cancelling the preseason. As of October 25, an estimated 400 NBA jobs have been lost due to layoffs and attrition since the lockout—around 200 in the league office and another 200 among the 30 teams. Players The cancellation of each month of the season costs the players around $350 million in lost pay. More than 75 players have agreed to play overseas. Some agreed to play for the Chinese League, which means they wont come back until the season is over. Some agreed to play for European teams Others have stayed in America & made theyre own team ―The Lockout League‖ Players such as JJ Barea Renaldo Belkman, & Carlos Arroyo decided to play for Puerto Rico. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBAFLt8lFJ8