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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is North America's professional men's basketball league, composed of thirty teams: twenty-nine in the United States and one in Canada. It is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by the International Basketball Federation as the National Governing Body (NGB) for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major North American professional sports leagues, which include Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL). The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league adopted the name National Basketball Association in 1949 after merging with the rival National Basketball League (NBL). The league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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1 Preferential officiating "Star treatment" makes mockery of league
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2 No Surprises Any upsets in the Playoffs? Ever?
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3 Rule Changes (late 90s-today) Took away the games' hard-nosed, physical edge
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4 All Black NBA = Negro Basketball League?
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5 Day 1 Always sucked
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6 All flash and no skill today. Might as well call it the And1 league.
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7 2011 Lockout They don't seem to care about the fans
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8 Looooong season This goes on for too long
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9 Endless Playoffs 2 months to decide a championship?
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10 Expansion Far too many teams, watered down talent
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11 2002 WCF: Lakers vs. Kings Reinforced argument that NBA is fixed.
12 Top-heavy league Parity? HA!
13 No parity in league The same few teams win it all every year
14 19-year-olds in the League. Too many forgo college hurt league for a decade.
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1 Thats what I am trying to say. Dwayne, LeBron, Kobe, etc. don't have to play any games... hell, if they retired tomorrow, they would be fine, as long as they don't pull an Antoine Walker. The guys lower down would find jobs too, be it being a part of some kind of And-1 style basketball deal where they tour the country and play pick up games for fans, to some going over to Europe or China or such, regardless of the difference in play (there are some of those owners who would LOVE to say they have NBA talent on their teams to help draw fans), to, if they were smart, relying on what they learned in school, and not worrying about basketball until the lockout is resolved. I do agree though, that its the guys on the lower end of the totem pole (the 10th, 11th, 12th men, rookies who got paid the minimum, players who have trouble keeping their money, etc.) that will have trouble. I'll still hold to what I say, that the NBA is in the same position as the NHL when they had their lockout. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on November 3, 2011, 6:09 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I see some of your points PYLrulz, but at the same time I disagree. The top money making players like Kobe, Dwayne Wade, LeBron, Kevin Durant, etc. will be okay missing a few paychecks. They make a ton off of endorsements and should be okay. Guys that are going to be affected are the non-stars. Those that make near the league minimum. Those guys will be affected. I'm sure they've already felt missing that first paycheck. Also, foreign basketball rules make it so only a limited number of NBA players can make the rosters. Besides that, many of the guys hate playing overseas. It's a different style of basketball in a different culture far away from familiarity. Deron Williams, a star in the NBA, has struggled playing overseas. Plus the money is nowhere near as good as it is in the NBA. Finally, NBA players are known infamously for their horrible financial habits. They spend extravagantly, support more people than they usually are able to, and don't know the concept of saving or rainy day funds. However, the divide between the top owners and small town owners vs. the star players and the everyday players is huge and this lockout is far from over. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on November 2, 2011, 11:17 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I've said it on other forums, the NBA has good odds of locking out an entire season. Like the NHL, players have other options (in Europe, China, etc.), and therefore, with the exception of a few players, can hold out much longer than Baseball or Football players. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on November 2, 2011, 6:02 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Now I'm hearing there may not be a 2011-12 season.. What's that tell ya? -- Submitted By: () on November 2, 2011, 11:25 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Biggest way you can tell that the NFL is vastly more popular than the NBA: NFL lockout was talked about EVERY DAY between the time it started to the time it ended. All sports media seemed to at least touch on it while it was happening and we were consistently given updates, even when there really wasn't anything to update. The NBA lockout I've heard very little on and seem to have no updates. I highly doubt the season will start on time and almost wonder if there will be a season at all. I think it's time for David Stern to step down. It's a little harder to look like "the greatest commissioner in major league sports" as some pundits like to call him when you aren't riding the coat tails of Magic, Bird and MJ anymore. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on August 28, 2011, 3:04 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I like that the playoffs this year are a little more unpredictable (bye-bye Lakers), but still the NBA season is way too long. I think everything should be wrapped up by the end of May. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 12, 2011, 9:47 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Well, looks like there has been a few surprises in the playoffs this year, since Memphis defeated the #1 seeded San Antonio team, and the Lakers and the Celtics have both been knocked out. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on May 11, 2011, 9:55 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 At least the NBA has kept its regular season length at 82 games for decades, unlike the NFL which expanded by 2 games in '78 and now wants to expand again. That's *one* thing they've been consistent on. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on March 29, 2011, 4:51 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 I'm a Basketball fan, but I've always felt that the seasons (especially the playoffs) go on for way too long. BTW, there's about 2 weeks left in the season, and it's almost already been determined on which teams will make the playoffs (although the MLB also has this problem). -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on March 27, 2011, 10:44 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 And note to people who preach for a Salary Cap. Yes, the NBA cap is basically a soft one, but still, you pretty much have a cap, and yet you have teams that dominate year in and out, with tons of teams who are lucky to even be thought of as competitive. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on December 28, 2010, 4:58 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 HA!!! PREACH IT, BRUTHAS!!! Hell, even in baseball the Yankees didn't reach the World Series this year. I even heard last week that CONTRACTION is being considered. (That means teams being eliminated, the opposite of expansion.) -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on October 27, 2010, 6:26 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Exactly, kingbk. There is absolutely no parity in this league, and the same few teams are really the only ones that compete for titles anyway. I don't even understand why Milwaukee, Indiana, Golden State, New Jersey, and Minnesota still have franchises. There's no sense in playing a game you realistically have no shot at winning. -- Submitted By: (ScottyB) on October 26, 2010, 7:29 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 The new NBA season starts today and already Minnesota, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Toronto, Golden State, New Jersey and Indiana have pretty much been eliminated from making the playoffs. You already know only 4 teams really have a chance at the title this year. No other league in college or pro sports is that predictable or that divided between the weak and the strong. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on October 26, 2010, 2:26 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 You want to talk about a superstar league? How about LeBron and Chris Bosh coming to join Dwyane Wade in Miami? Parity is nonexistent in this league. But that's just the way it is in the NBA. The rich get richer, the poor stay the same. I predict the Lakers, Celtics, and now the new superpower in the Heat will win at least 6 of the next 10 NBA championships. Oh well, at least the NFL is still competitive... -- Submitted By: (ScottyB) on July 28, 2010, 9:36 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Scotty, yeah, you do have those occasional upsets, but for the most part, its usually the Lakers, Celtics, Spurs, or, if you look back about 10 or 20 years, Bulls, or Pistons that end up in the finals. The NHL and NFL in comparison, yeah, you usually still have at least one favorite/familiar face in, but you can almost always count on a upset or two every playoffs. Hell, look at the NHL playoffs this year. Who would of expected the Flyers and Canadiens as the two Eastern Conference finalists? For the NBA, unless you are in the Top 2 in your conference in a season, you might as well, way more times than not, forget about the NBA Finals. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on May 20, 2010, 6:38 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
16 What are you talking about, FlxibleMetro? Up until their most recent championship this past year, the Lakers hadn't won the Finals since the 2001-2002 season. -- Submitted By: (ScottyB) on November 27, 2009, 12:14 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
17 Los Angeles Lakers always winning the finals every year. Need I say more? -- Submitted By: (FlxibleMetro9150) on November 26, 2009, 3:35 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
18 I don't agree with the "No surprises" option. Just a few years ago, the #8 Warriors upset my #1 Mavericks, a series loss that hurts me to this day. I think there are too many thugs in the league these days. This and the NFL. -- Submitted By: (ScottyB) on July 30, 2009, 12:53 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
19 NBA referees have about as much credibility as WWE refs -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on July 17, 2009, 10:36 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 If it's not all the thugs strutting around with a massive sense of entitlement it's the clearly corrupt officials. If it's not the clearly corrupt officials it's the endlessly tedious, boring and meaningless regular season. If it's not that it's the ridiculous star treatment by ESPN. If it's not that...well, you get the point. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 11, 2009, 4:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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