I was watching Minnesota’s NBA team when it hit me. I was trying to figure what I should do for a topic on my I-Search paper. Kevin Love was shooting a triple and I knew that I had found my topic; the history of the NBA. I knew that the NBA had an interesting history and that it was one of America’s most popular professional sports leagues. I was aware that there would be endless resources on the topic, so I decided to pursue the history of the National Basketball Association. I was thrilled that my topic choice came so effortlessly and I planned to make my paper go in a similar fashion. By the end of my research, I was hoping to be an NBA Historian.
What I Know
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Things such as free agency, the draft process, and schedule making are just a few of those important things that I would love to learn about. I am not worried about experiencing a shortage of information on the NBA. I want to learn as much about it as I possibly can. The NBA interests me and I would be ecstatic if I could deepen my knowledge on the topic.
What I Found Out
The National Basketball Association arrived in North America on the third day in August of 1949. The two basketball leagues in existence prior to the NBA, made the decision to merge and form the National Basketball Association. According to history.com, “The two leagues were the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League that merged to form the NBA,” (history.com). The very first season of the NBA was made up of seventeen teams, from small cities and large cities across the United States of America. The cities were as little as Fort Wayne, Indiana to as large as the Big Apple itself, New York, New York.
By the 1953-1954 NBA season, the new league was down to a total of eight franchises. Loenard Koppett states, “From the 1953-1954 NBA season to today, the league would not lose any more franchises again as it currently sits at 30 NBA franchises,” (nba.com). The majority of the teams in the National Basketball Association are found in the United States of America, only one team currently plays its home games in Canada. That Canadian team is the Toronto Raptors. At one point in the NBA’s history, there were two Canadian teams, but the Vancouver Grizzlies were relocated to Memphis, Tennessee and kept the name Grizzlies. All eight franchises of the 1953-1954 NBA season have remained in the NBA throughout its existence. Those eight franchises are currently known as the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks, the Sacramento Kings, the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics, the Detroit Pistons, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Philadelphia 76ers.
The state of Minnesota definitely has a history in the NBA. The very first NBA team that was from Minnesota was the Minneapolis Lakers. The Minneapolis Lakers achieved a great deal of success during their stint in the NBA. Sportsecyclopedia.com stated that, “Five of the first six NBA seasons ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning a championship,” (sportsecyclopedia.com) Hall of Famer, George Mikan, led the Lakers in those championship seasons. The Lakers’ success in Minneapolis wouldn’t last forever as the team was shipped out to Los Angeles prior to the start of the 1960-1961 NBA season. NBA basketball would not return to the state of Minnesota until the 1989-1990 NBA season. For that season, the Timberwolves would take to the hardwood to represent the great state of Minnesota. The T-Wolves, as they are commonly referred to, are still in existence in today’s National Basketball Association. However, throughout all of the years that the Timberwolves have been in the NBA, a championship has eluded them. I found...