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The history of the NBA, similar to many other sports, has its modest early development. It opened as a Basketball Association of America (BAA) starting 1946 and by August 3, 1949 the BAA then compound with the National Basketball League (NBL) to finally form the National Basketball League (NBA)
In the course of the years, the basketball game incessantly involved a number of sports admirers, growing its reputation as years went by. It was in the 1960's that the sport was lastly being valued by most Americans and International sports media. That was in the Boston Celtic's era. It stimulated its attractiveness even more during the 80's with the rivalry among Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
The impressive encounter between two heroes, specifically Magic Johnson and Larry Bird was magnificence in the creation. The sport has certainly made its mark as one of the most fashionable games in the United States.
Right through the NBA history, there had been more than a few individuals that have left their undying print in the sport and among them we find from the primary NBA superstar, center George Mikan of the back then Minneapolis Lakers in 1946 to Phoenix Suns Shaquille O’Neal in 2008.
During the 1950’s the sport opened its doors to the first franchise reign, since the Minneapolis Lakers managed to win 5 NBA Championships.
In 1959 Wilt Chamberlain joined the NBA and became one of the best players, placing new records such as 55 rebounds in a single game or scoring 100 points in a match.
With an incredible increase rate, in 1970 the NBA reached 18 teams on the league and by 1976 the group boosted by adding 4 teams from the ABA, growing to a total of 22 teams.
To change the game a little bit, the NBA introduced the three point field line in 1979. This was also the year in which all-stars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson joined the NBA, creating a definite change for many years to come, due to their amazing plays and outstanding performance.
The NBA was very popular in the United States, but still not to tempting for the rest of the planet. This changed drastically by 1983, when Michael Jordan joined the league and made the world realize the exquisiteness of the game. Thanks to him, the game gained celebrity status in the USA and the rest of the world.
The formation of the “Dream Team” showed the US team's dominance, guided by his Airiness' Michael Jordan and in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; they created a show never to be forgotten.
The Western Conference has mainly conquered the league since 1998 with its teams, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers winning 4 and 3 championships respectively during those years. However, in between their dominance, there have been three teams from the East that have managed to infiltrate: the Detroit Pistons in 2004, the Miami Heat in 2006 and more recently the Boston Celtics, team that made a great comeback winning their first championship in 22 years and that still is crowned as the most successful team in the league with 17 NBA Championships.
Now in days the NBA keeps evolving. It expanded its franchise and has added some of the best foreign players into the association, such as Yao Ming (Houston Rockets/China), Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers/Spain), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs/Argentina) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks/Germany), among others.