The National Basketball Association is the largest professional basketball organization in North America, and is arguably the most popular men’s professional basketball league in the entire world. The Basketball Association of America was minted back in 1946 by investors in large ice hockey stadiums. Three years later, after professional basketball started to experience a reasonable amount of success for the time period, the BAA joined forces with its sole rival, the National Basketball League, to spawn the NBA.
The current commissioner, which is the leading person in charge, similar to the Chief Executive Officer of a corporation or the President of the Board of Directors of a company, is Adam Silver. Mr. Silver was appointed to be the next commissioner of the NBA in 2013, when then-commissioner David Stern said that Silver would be the league’s next commissioner. He overtook the position in 2014, and has proved to be a good commissioner.
The NBA schedules games, regulates marketing campaigns, and generally oversees the operations of its thirty professional basketball clubs. Twenty-nine of these basketball teams are located in the US, while only one lies outside of the USA’s border – the Toronto Raptors. There are 82 games in a regular NBA season.
The NBA playoffs is one of the most-watched playoff series in the United States, and is also watched by fans all over the world. There are four rounds of the playoffs, which start off with sixteen teams. Before the playoff layout is described any further, the grouping of the teams should be explained. There are two main conferences: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Each conference is divided into three divisions.
The top eight teams from the conferences are entered into the playoffs, which are decided by teams’ regular season record. Each playoff series is decided by a best-of-seven layout, which also means that the first team to win four games in that series goes on to the next opponent.
The NBA has grown tremendously over the past few decades, due in large part to two main catalysts: the great talent that has entered the NBA, and the owners of the NBA teams who are virtually able to spend however much money on financing their team that they choose to. This allows owners to operate a team exactly how they envisioned. The only thing owners aren’t allowed to spend over a certain amount on is the roster, the bread and butter of a team. Still, owners are able to better attract players when they have enough money to do so.
Mr. Bruce Levenson is the owner to have most recently been in control of the Atlanta Hawks. Mr. Levenson purchased the Atlanta Hawks franchise a few years ago for $500,000,000, and sold it for more than $725,000,000. Talk about a large profit! Mr. Levenson helped lead the Hawks to a fantastic NBA season this year, where they nearly beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Mr. Bruce Levenson is one of the super-wealthy NBA owners according to Forbes.com that are able to do virtually whatever they want, which leads to a great, successful team, although his claim to fame is his ability to build closely-knit basketball teams with great chemistry.