National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional American basketball league. The current commissioner of the NBA is Adam Silver. Liberal politics has sent the league spirally downward in recent years. The NBA officially supports Uyghur genocide and slave labor.
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.
The NBA is organized into two conferences, consisting of three, five-team divisions. Beginning with the 2019-2020 season, the divisions exist for purposes of reducing travel among nearby teams and determining tie-breakers but no longer does a division champion receive a preferential seeding. Instead, the top six teams from each conference make the playoffs regardless of divisional success, while the next four teams from each conference enter a "play-in tournament" with the 7-8 seeds and 9-10 seeds playing each other in a single game; the 7-8 winner gets the 7 seed, the 9-10 loser is eliminated, and the 7-8 loser plays the 9-10 winner for the 8 seed. (The play-in tournament was introduced for the COVID-affected 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons due to players being unable to play during the season due to COVID infection or exposure, but the NBA chose to maintain it to allow a team who may have lost a key player due to injury a chance to make the playoffs, as well as to increase teams attempting to make the playoffs instead of "tanking" for a better draft choice.) The higher-seeded team, whether in the play-in tournament or the playoffs, has home-court advantage, with the overall #1 seed keeping advantage through the NBA Finals.
After the play-in tournament, the playoff consists of four rounds, each series best-of-seven. The first round is 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, and 4-5, the second round consists of the 1-8 winner playing the 4-5 winner and the 2-7 winner playing the 3-6 winner (there is not re-seeding as in the NFL or NHL playoffs), the third round is the conference finals, and the fourth round is the NBA Finals consisting of the conference champions.
NBA Social Justice Coalition
NBA vigorously supports BLM arsonists and insurrectionists. LeBron James, leading this movement, is a Joe Biden supporting insurrectionist and domestic terrorist.
The NBA Social Justice Coalition released the following statement after the verdict in the Kenosha riots case:
|"Our thoughts are with the families of those whose lives were taken in this tragedy. The right to peacefully protest is a bedrock of our democracy and the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition remains committed to preserving that right for all. Any forms of vigilantism in our society are unacceptable.”|
Of those whose lives were taken in this tragedy", all were attempting to murder Kyle Rittenhouse. One was a 5-time convicted child rapist and the other convicted on multiple counts of domestic abuse and violence against women. A third criminal assailant was illegally in possession of a handgun after being convicted on a firearms charge, which he had pointed at the victim's head, and was subsequently shot in self-defense.