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NBA Hoops Online has one of the most extensive collections of National Basketball League information on the web. The NBL was a precursor to the NBA, in 1949 it merged with the Basketball Association of American (BAA) to form the NBA. The NBA, however, does not consider this history to be part of its own, instead taking the history of the BAA, which has caused much of the NBL's history to be lost. Luckily we have pieced a lot of it back together.
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The NBL and BAA merger which formed the NBA|
It's time to take a look back into history. With the NBA at the start of its 67th season, it might have some people wondering about the origin of the greatest basketball league on the planet. For many people, there's an image of the league kind of starting out of thin air. Of course, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Twelve years prior to the introduction of the NBA, a little basketball league sprang up in the Midwest in 1937. The league was a rather informal endeavor despite having sponsorship from three elite US corporations, namely General Electric, Firestone and Goodyear. In the early years, there were 13 teams that were required to play at least 10 games, including road games.
In 1940, the league appointed its first president in the person of Chicago newspaper sports editor Leo Fischer, whose primary responsibility was to bring structure to the league.
Is Golden State Better This Season? |
In NBA news, it's beginning to look like the defending champion Golden State Warriors have every intention of successfully defending its title. Three games into the season, they sit at 3-0 with three decisive victories that include an opening season win over the New Orleans Pelicans 111-95 followed by road victories over the Houston Rockets 112-92 and again over the Pelicans 134-120.
Oddly, the Warriors look much improved over last year's team that went a league best 62-20 during the regular season. It's possible given the fact they were a young team last year with a roster of players who were just finding themselves. It's beginning to look like they get it now, which is going to put the rest the league on notice.
Of course, this Warriors' team belongs to reigning league MVP Stephen Curry.
Stephen Curry's Encore Performance |
When the Golden States Warriors walked off with the 2014-2015 NBA Championship last June, conjecture immediately began regarding the future prospects for the team and its star players, league MVP point guard Stephen Curry and shooting guard Klay Thompson. Only three games into the 2015-2016 season, some of those questions are being emphatically answered.
To begin with, the Warriors have served notice that they intend to go undefeated through the entire season. Of course, that isn't going to happen, but decisive victories over the New Orleans Pelicans (111-95), Houston Rockets in Houston (112-92) and again over the Pelicans in New Orleans (134-120) has to have other teams in the league wondering. If it's possible for a team that finished 62-20 to come back the following season and be significantly better, than the rest of the league is surely in trouble and playing for runner-up status.
As for Curry, his performances this year have been nothing short of spectacular. The truth is he has turned the NBA into his own personal playground and he owns the ball. On the season, he is averaging 39.3 PPG (hello Wilt Chamberlain). He is shooting 58.8% from the field (mostly perimeter shots), 48.6% from beyond the 3-point line, and 95.5% from the charity stripe. As if that isn't a big enough contribution, he has also contributed 7.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. At this point in time, he has no rival to which he can be compared.
Top 10 NBL Players of All-Time|
In 1949 the Basketball Association of American(BAA) and the National Basketball League(NBL) merged to form the National Basketball Association; this is a fact that most NBA fans know. Many NBA fans also know about the brief three year history of the BAA, but what about the NBL? Not many fans know about the 12 year history of the smaller market NBL or its players. Who were these players?
In fact, little can be found about them. This list is a collection of information about the 10 best players who played in the NBL. Emphasis is giving to NBL careers, which is why some players rank higher on this list then on other lists composing mostly of NBA players.
Some Historic Facts Most Hardcore Fans Don't Know About Michael Jordan |
Michael Jordan is an American former professional basketball player and obviously, an international basketball star who wrote a name of his own in the history of basketball. Without any doubt, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan was one of the most successfully advertised athletes of his generation. He is measured as influential in popularizing the NBA around the world. His influences in the basket ball court could be seen in the modern era as well. Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998). He was chosen as five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and six-time NBA Finals MVP.
The majority of Jordan's contemporaries tag Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time. Michael Jordan was in fact an NBA superstar and there is no other player than Michael Jordan in the history of NBA who can be called as the King of NBA.
Forrest "Phog" Allen: The Father of Basketball coaching |
Most people know the origins of basketball; how in the winter of 1891 James Naismith invented the game to keep students active in the winter. But what most people do not know is how coaching the game of basketball got started. In the early days of basketball most teams did not have a coach as there was very little strategy to the game - most players relied on their athletic prowess rather than their brains to score. Even the games inventor, James Naismith, did not believe that basketball needed coaching. In his word you "Just play the game". But as the game got more popular players started figuring out how to manipulate the outcome of the game by doing things to prevent the other team from scoring; such as zone defenses.
There were many early attempts at coaching in basketball, even the games inventor was coaching, but the most impactful early coaching advocate was Forrest "Phog" Allen. Allen was a multi-sport star athlete - who was mentored by Naismith at the University of Kansas. After graduating from Kansas, Allen took a few years off of basketball to become a doctor
The Very First Basketball Game in 1891 |
Surprisingly, unlike most sports whose origins are somewhat obscure, often being the combination of other sports and developed gradually through time, basketball has a very precise and fully known origin. Even the date of the very first game is known, December 21, 1891.
It was all started by Dr. James Naismith, the son of two Scottish immigrants to Canada. By 1891, Dr. Naismith was teaching physical education in Springfield, MA at the YMCA International Training School; which today is Springfield College. While there, he was asked by the director of physical education, Dr. Luther Gulick, to come up with a new game students could play indoors during the winter that would help keep track and field runners in shape and would be relatively safe to play - particularly that it would have a small amount of physical contact so that the players wouldn’t get injured in this game.
Top 10 Trades in NBA History |
Basketball is a business. Icons from certain teams are sometimes traded when the time is right. Whether they are unhappy or aging or haven’t meshed with the coaching staff, trades are a part of the business that is the NBA. Here are the top 10 trades in NBA history (in no particular order):
Scottie Pippen for Olden Polynice
The six-foot-eight small forward from the University of Central Arkansas was traded after being drafted fifth overall in the 1987 NBA Draft. He was traded from Seattle to the Chicago Bulls for Olden Polynice. Polynice was a quality big man but Pippen would go on to become one of the greatest players ever. Playing the role of “Robin” to Michael Jordan’s “Batman” Pippen was one of the league’s best all-around players. He was a top-notch defender and excellent on the offensive end as he went on to win six NBA titles.
Top 10 Point Guards Of All-time|
The point guard position is one of the most important ones in the NBA, maybe the most important one. And that has always been the story in the NBA. The point guard is the one who has the responsibility to set up the team on offense. He is the one who advances the ball past the half court, trying to figure out the best way the team can score easy baskets. He is the one who has to find out which the strengths of his teammates are and at the same time which the weaknesses of the opposing defense are so that he chooses to play the right play. Of course, at the same time, he has to contribute by scoring baskets and on the other and of the floor, he is the first line of his team’s defense. In a way, he is the on-court coach or at least, that’s how things are supposed to be.
Of course, nowadays, we’re seeing players other than point guards playing the spot. Shooting guards, small forwards and even power forwards sometimes play the role of the playmaker, with LeBron James and Kevin Durant being just two of the many examples. But things were not always that way. We’ve seen a bunch of great point guards passing from the courts of the NBA through the history of the league. Let’s examine the top 10 of them.
Top 10 PF in NBA history|
The best Power Forward of all time… there are many great candidates from many different eras and they way to judge would be so hard, you could go on individual success (stats awards etc.) players like Karl Malone and or you could do it on winning and success of the team they were in, then the top of that list become McHale, Tim Duncan and Dennis Rodman all of whom have been very successful, however I have made my list of the top few PFs on a mixture of both success in stats and success in play offs and regular season. The other problem is distinguishing a PF from the C because of the lack of height many of the larger forwards ended up playing center.
NO.10 Dirk Nowitzki,
Dirk is one of the better shooters of all time, his name is often compared to greats like Larry Bird and Kevin McHale. Dirk over his career he has averages of 22.4 points a game, along with 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game defensively he averages just less than a steal and one block a game. Dirk shots efficiently with 47 percent from the field and 38% from beyond the arch he is also a very successful line shooter, at 87% from the line (he has his routine in which he hums whilst taking his shot) Dirk has won an MVP, and in the same season(06-07) his Dallas mavericks won 67 games, He has been selected to seven All Star teams, and he has been selected to eight All-NBA teams, with three of them as a first-team member. He is also the first and only player from Europe to win an MVP. His style is more of finesse than brute and strength you seem him do some really good mid range jumpers do open up his inside game, as many bigger men struggle with guarding a player with his permitter abilities.
NO.9 Dave Debusschere
Dave was one of the first super Power forwards nicknames “D” and “BIG D” which stood for defence, he was an amazing player with unreal hustle and determination definitely in his times top handful of defenders. In 1996 he was recognised at being in the top 50 players of all time and is unlucky not to be higher on this list. Everyone who ever came up against would leave bruised, he is one of the most physical players of all time. He was never afraid of trading elbows and really fighting for a rebound or lose ball. He was also known for his Amazing Defensive skills, which helped earn his nicknames, he made the All Defensive 1st team 6 times. In his career he averaged a solid 16.1 points and 11 rebounds a game as well as getting 3 assists and shooting 43.2% from the field. A player like him in more recent times was Dennis Rodman, however Dennis didn’t have nearly the same offensive game as Dave. His style of play almost the opposite of Dirk’s as Dave would power it home more often.
The First Basketball: The Mesoamerican ballgame |
Well before James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891, the peoples of Mesoamerica had a very similar game where the point was to get a ball though a hoop. The games origins date back as far as one-thousand years before the common era. The game has gotten many names over the years such as; juego de pelota in Spanish; pitz in classical Mayan; and ullamaliztli in Nahuatl. Each area had a variation of the game with different rules and customs but generally the game was the same. The game, which combined aspects of modern basketball, soccer and modern American football, was popular in both secular and religious life before the Spanish invasion of the area starting in 1520.
The game is played with a rubber ball called an ulama and depending on the region can either be played like soccer were a ball must go into a ground goal or like basketball were the ball must go through a stone “hoop” mounted above the playing court. Like the game itself, the courts vary in size and structure as well; from the very small courts found through-out small Mexican villages to the huge courts found at places such as Chichen-Itza. The size and scale of the game and court had an impact on exactly what type of game was going to be played. Much like in modern sports in areas were equipment is rare, the players had to make do with any substitutes they could find. This appears to be exactly the case with the Mesoamerican ballgame, and is a likely reason as to the variations of the game. In the more rural areas the game is played much lower to the ground and the ball is kicked or struck with the lower body more. In the more urban areas where materials and equipment is readily available the game is played higher up on the body, and decorative protective masks are sometimes worn.
JFK, LBJ, Watergate and the NBA Commish. |
There are many strange connections in history and politics, but maybe none as strange as how an eventual NBA commissioner would play a role in bringing down a president. Before David Stern’s monarchial grasp on the office there was Larry O’Brien. A Massachusetts native of Irish decent born in the birthplace of basketball, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Before he became the commissioner of the NBA, O’Brien had been one of the most successful political strategist in American politics. He had a natural talent for politics and got his very first campaigning job when he was 11 years old in 1928. O’Brien slowly moved through the ranks of the Democratic party until in 1952 a young Massachusetts war hero approached him about leading his campaign for Senator; that young mans name was John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
O’Brien did such a successful job on Kennedy’s election campaign that in 1959, when the Senator was running for president, he asked O’Brien to be in charge of his election campaign. After Kennedy won the 1960 presidential election O’Brien became a special assistant to the president.
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