The current league organization divides thirty teams into two conferences of three divisions with five teams each. The current divisional alignment was introduced in the 2004–05 season. Reflecting the population distribution of the United States and Canada as a whole, most teams are in the eastern half of the country: thirteen teams are in the Eastern Time Zone, nine in the Central, three in the Mountain, and five in the Pacific.
The playoffs follow a tournament format. Each team plays an opponent in a best-of-seven series, with the first team to win four games advancing into the next round, while the other team is eliminated from the playoffs. In the next round, the successful team plays against another advancing team of the same conference. All but one team in each conference are eliminated from the playoffs.
From 1985 to 2013, the NBA Finals followed a 2–3–2 pattern, meaning that one team had home court in games 1, 2, 6, and 7, while the other played at home in games 3, 4, and 5.
The Larry O’Brien Trophy
The Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy is the championship trophy awarded annually by the National Basketball Association (NBA) to the winner of the NBA Finals. The name of the trophy was the Walter A. Brown Trophy until 1984.
Michael Jordan #23
Michael Jordan is a former American basketball player who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships and won the Most Valuable Player Award five times.
Magic Johnson #32
For 12 years, Earvin "Magic" Johnson dominated the court as one of America's best basketball players. In 1991, he announced that he had tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Larry Bird #33
Larry Bird is a retired professional basketball player known for his years with the Boston Celtics and his deceptively nimble skills on the court.
Kobe Bryantis the most paid NBA player with a $25,000,000 salary. However, the Lakers’ All-Star is retiring.
Joe Johnsonis the second most paid player with $24,894,863. He plays for the Brooklyn Nets, the team which was once owned by Jay-Z.
At #3 we find the most loved and hated player in the NBA, “The Chosen One”LeBron James, with $22,970,500 and many more years of NBA ahead of him with his Cleveland Cavaliers.
Finally,Carmelo Anthony, also known as “Melo Yello”, earns a $22,875,000 salary every year playing for the New York Knicks.
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Lebron “The Chosen One” James was born in Akron, Ohio on December, 30th 1985 and is the third most paid NBA player today with a $22,970,000 salary.
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Miami Heat Are the Only Team to Win Both the Dunk Contest and Shootout
At the 1995 All-Star Weekend, guard Harold Miner (aka “Baby Jordan”) took home his second Slam Dunk Contest trophy while teammate Glen Rice won the Three-Point Shootout.
The Phoenix Suns Had 10-Game Winning and Losing Streaks in One Season
This happened in the 1996-1997 season, when the team lost 13 games to open the season. They then acquired Jason Kidd from the Dallas Mavericks, and he got injured in his first game with the team. He would come back to lead the team on a magical run to the playoffs that saw a 10-game winning streak.
The Celtics and Knicks Are the Only Teams to Have Never Moved
Every other original team has moved or folded since the league's inception.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Was Not the First Pick in the Draft
This is something of a tricky fact, as Abdul-Jabbar was indeed taken first overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1969 draft. However, it was when he went by the name Lew Alcindor, years before he converted to Islam and changed his name.