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History - The NBA had its early roots as the Basketball Association of America (BAA) which was established and founded in 1946. And did you know that the idea of having the league established actually came from major ice hockey arena owners. The National Basketball Association finally got its name debut on NBAe 1946. It has adopted the name after merging with its rival league, the National Basketball League.
Currently, NBA is one of the most premiere basketball league in North America, and ranks as the most popular in the world over. It is composed of thirty teams. The introduction of foreign players in the league started in 1947 by a Japanese-American Knicks player, Wataru Misaka. The NBA opened its doors for African-American players in 1950. Since then, an increasing number of international players have started to move-in to play in NBA