The formation of the National Basketball Association, or NBA, has a rich history. That rich history has helped to form the globe’s most elite men’s basketball association filled with the highest paid athletes in the United States and the world. Today the National Basketball Association is a monolithic entity filled with insanely wealthy athletes, owners living a playboy lifestyle and it is stocked full of historic business deals that have happened since its inception that continue on and happen yearly despite most of the public and even the most hardcore fans being blissfully unaware. The National Basketball Association has come a long way since it was formed from the Basketball Association of America and the its merger with its competition known as the National Basketball League. It now thrives as an international powerhouse centralized in Olympic Tower in New York, New York and Secaucus, New Jersey. The teams’ location and names are routinely changing because new owners are part of the present dynamic in the NBA, but the history of the National Basketball Association saw just as much, if not more, of an evolving dynamic. Some things never change.
Although the NBA recognizes the Basketball Association of America as its official predecessor due to its aggressive and ambitious promoting like performing in large arenas despite having quality on par with its rival the American Basketball League, the BAA still had competition before its merger. As stated before, the quality of other independent leagues and independent teams like the world famous Harlem Globetrotters was just as good as the BAA. For Example, a finalist team known as the Baltimore Bullets in the 1948 finals in the American Basketball league went to the BAA and won the championship the very same year. The winner of the National Basketball League’s 1948 championship, the Minneapolis Lakers, went on to win another championship in 1949 in the BAA.
Honestly, it must have been a great time to be a fan. The National Basketball Association centralized and controlled most of the top ball clubs after the big merger, and they essentially monopolized basketball. Fans were probably very happy before and after the merger. Imagine a fan being able to watch their favorite team come so close, fall just barely short of being a champion and then going to a different league and stomping the competition. Better yet, imagine being a Minneapolis Lakers fan and watching the Lakers win and dominate in one league, and then move on to a different league, and they dominate there the very next year proving they were best no matter where they went.
There is just as much excitement today for fans too. Team owners like Bruce Levenson of time that use to own the Atlanta Hawks and the rights to the arena that they called their home stadium left many in suspense.