National Basketball Association
The first incarnation of the league was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). In these early years, there were numerous leagues that competed to be the one true professional association, yet none really stood out. In 1949, the BAA made the decision to merge with the National Basketball League (NBL) to form the National Basketball Association. By 1954, the League had contracted to only eight professional teams. The NBA was considerably strengthened, however, by the fact that its franchises moved and expanded to the more populated areas. (Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, etc.) By the 1970s, the NBA had gained in popularity, growing from eight franchises to eighteen. And after the merger with another competing league, the American Basketball Association (ABA), the NBA grew to twenty-two teams. Today, the NBA consists of thirty franchises, with all but one (Toronto Raptors - Canada) located throughout the United States. The NBA is also mostly popular in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Eastern European countries, and Mediterranean countries. It is also growing in popularity in many South American countries, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
Previously the NBA was organized into two conferences, consisting of three, five-team divisions. Beginning with the 2019-2020 season, the divisions were eliminated, and the top eight teams from each conference make the playoffs. The playoff consists of four rounds, each series best-of-seven.
NBA and Black Lives Matter
NBA vigorously supports the domestic, looting BLM terrorists. LeBron James, leading this movement, is backing Joe Biden.