National Basketball Association

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional American basketball league. The current commissioner of the NBA is Adam Silver.

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.

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