100 days of hoops, hardwood

100 Days of Hoops, Day 46

Basketball leagues often competed with each other in the mid-twentieth century. The two leagues featuring the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America.  The BAA had a bigger market, featuring cities like Toronto, New York City and Boston.  While the National Basketball League featured smaller cities like Fort Wayne and Akron.  As the league started out with eleven teams in its inaugural season, it lost four teams but a couple years later convinced officials in the NBL and the leagues merged in 1948.  A year later, the NBA had officially began.  The NBA uses the BAA as its part of its history but it’s not something they comment on.

The first game of the BAA was the New York Knicks and Toronto Huskies in Maple Leaf Gardens.  Ossie Schectman scored the first basket of the NBA

In its inaugural championship series, the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Chicago Stags four games to one.

 

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Box score of  Game 5 of the 1947 BAA Finals (Photo Credit: Hoopsmak)

Whether or not the Basketball Association of the America should remain a part of NBA history is irrelevant.  The BAA is the first basketball league that gave big cities opportunities to develop their basketball fandom.  The games that started to be broadcasted in the 1960s and 1970s were on tape delay and we can thank players like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird for increasing the popularity of sport by their presence. The NBA has seen many ups and downs from popularity of the sport to political image.  No one can deny how big the NBA has become in the 2010s and its cultural relevance through the media and fans has the potential to make basketball the most popular sport in the world.

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