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basketball team in a huddle The game of basketball was born in a school gym in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The weather was bad, children were bored, and a teacher hung two peach baskets on either side of a room and invited children to shoot a ball into it.  How far we've come since then!

By the 1920s, there were hundreds of men's professional basketball teams in cities and towns.  Leagues came and went, and players switched loyalties like the wind.  Early teams included the Original Celtics, New York Renaissance Five, and the Harlem Globetrotters.

In the 1920s the sport was popular with women as well, and one well-known player was Babe Didriksen.  Teams such as the Golden Cyclones and All American Red Heads sprung up throughout the United States.

In 1946 the Basketball Association of America was formed, and that same year the first game was played in Toronto between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knickerbockers.  In 1949 the organization officially became the National Basketball Association (NBA), which today is still the top professional league in the world.

In 1997 women came back on the scene with the formation of the WNBA.  In 2001 the NBA formed a developmental league called the NBDL, which currently has 15 teams.

Today the NBA has a total of 30 teams separated into five sections — Atlantic, Central, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, and Pacific.

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NBA Basketball Teams:

  1. Atlanta Hawks
    www.NBA.com/Hawks/
  2. Boston Celtics
    www.NBA.com/Celtics/
  3. Charlotte Bobcats
    www.NBA.com/Bobcats/
  4. Chicago Bulls
    www.NBA.com/Bulls/
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
    www.NBA.com/Cavs/
  6. Dallas Mavericks
    www.NBA.com/Mavericks/
  7. Denver Nuggets
    www.NBA.com/Nuggets/
  8. Detroit Pistons
    www.NBA.com/Pistons/
  9. Golden State Warriors
    www.NBA.com/Warriors/
  10. Houston Rockets
    www.NBA.com/Rockets/
  11. Indiana Pacers
    www.NBA.com/Pacers/
  12. Los Angeles Clippers
    www.NBA.com/Clippers/
  13. Los Angeles Lakers
    www.NBA.com/Lakers/
  14. Memphis Grizzlies
    www.NBA.com/Grizzlies/
  15. Miami Heat
    www.NBA.com/Heat/
  16. Milwaukee Bucks
    www.NBA.com/Bucks/
  17. Minnesota Timberwolves
    www.NBA.com/Timberwolves/
  18. New Jersey Nets
    www.NBA.com/Nets/
  19. New Orleans Hornets
    www.NBA.com/Hornets/
  20. New York Knicks
    www.NBA.com/Knicks/
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder
    www.NBA.com/Thunder/
  22. Orlando Magic
    www.NBA.com/Magic/
  23. Philadelphia Sixers
    www.NBA.com/Sixers/
  24. Phoenix Suns
    www.NBA.com/Suns/
  25. Portland Blazers
    www.NBA.com/Blazers/
  26. Sacramento Kings
    www.NBA.com/Kings/
  27. San Antonio Spurs
    www.NBA.com/Spurs/
  28. Toronto Raptors
    www.NBA.com/Raptors/
  29. Utah Jazz
    www.NBA.com/Jazz/
  30. Washington Wizards
    www.NBA.com/Wizards/

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