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Interesting, funny, and lesser-known facts about the NBA

  1. The NBA was originally known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA) when it was founded in 1946. It changed its name to the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1949 after merging with the National Basketball League (NBL).
  2. The shortest player in NBA history is Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, who stood at only 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 meters) tall. Despite his height disadvantage, he had a successful career and even played alongside Michael Jordan.
  3. The Boston Celtics have won the most NBA championships, with a total of 17 titles. They dominated the league during the 1960s, winning 11 championships in 13 seasons.
  4. Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for the most points scored in a single NBA game. On March 2, 1962, Chamberlain scored a staggering 100 points while playing for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks.
  5. Michael Jordan, considered by many as the greatest basketball player of all time, actually had a brief retirement from basketball to pursue a career in professional baseball. He played for the Chicago White Sox’s minor league affiliate team for a year before returning to the NBA.
  6. The NBA is known for its high-scoring games, but the lowest-scoring game in NBA history occurred on November 22, 1950, between the Fort Wayne Pistons and the Minneapolis Lakers. The final score was just 19-18 in favor of the Pistons.
  7. The iconic NBA logo featuring a silhouette of a basketball player is based on former NBA player Jerry West. However, the identity of the player was not initially revealed, and it was only later confirmed to be West.
  8. The NBA introduced the three-point line in the 1979-1980 season. The first player to make a three-point shot in NBA history was Chris Ford of the Boston Celtics.
  9. Shaquille O’Neal, known for his dominance in the paint, had a difficult time shooting free throws. He was notoriously bad at the free-throw line, and his poor shooting led to a strategy called “Hack-a-Shaq,” where opposing teams intentionally fouled him to send him to the free-throw line.
  10. In 1995, the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies became the first Canadian teams to join the NBA. The Grizzlies later relocated to Memphis in 2001, while the Raptors remain the only Canadian team in the league.
  11. Dennis Rodman, known for his eccentric behavior both on and off the court, once missed a game during the 1997 NBA Finals to appear at a professional wrestling event with the New World Order (NWO) in World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
  12. LeBron James, one of the most accomplished NBA players, made headlines in 2010 with his “Decision” to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat. He later returned to the Cavaliers and led them to their first-ever NBA championship in 2016.
  13. The NBA has had its share of unusual team names. The New Orleans Hornets temporarily changed their name to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013, and the Charlotte Bobcats rebranded themselves as the Charlotte Hornets in 2014, reclaiming the name used by the city’s previous NBA team.
  14. The San Antonio Spurs, known for their success under coach Gregg Popovich, had an unlikely start to their franchise. In their first-ever draft pick in 1976, they selected a player named Gene Banks, who had never played in the NBA.
  15. During the 1998 NBA All-Star Game, a surprising event occurred when the legendary Michael Jordan stole the ball from then-rookie Kobe Bryant, who had idolized Jordan growing up. This moment marked a passing of the torch from one generation to the next.
  16. Manute Bol, one of the tallest players in NBA history at 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 meters), had an incredible shot-blocking ability. He holds the record for the most blocked shots in a single season with 397 blocks during the 1985-1986 season.
  17. In 1993, Shaquille O’Neal famously broke a backboard during a game between the Orlando Magic and the New Jersey Nets. The force of his dunk caused the entire backboard to shatter, resulting in a delay as the arena staff replaced it.
  18. The Utah Jazz, originally based in New Orleans, retained their name when the team relocated to Utah in 1979. The name “Jazz” is a nod to the city’s rich musical history, even though Utah is not particularly known for its jazz music.
  19. Yao Ming, a Chinese basketball player who played for the Houston Rockets, had such an immense impact on basketball in China that the NBA built an entire generation of fans in the country. Yao Ming’s popularity helped pave the way for other Chinese players to join the league.
  20. The 1976 NBA Draft is often referred to as the greatest draft class in NBA history. It produced several future Hall of Famers, including players like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Julius Erving.
  21. Jason Williams, known for his flashy style of play, once threw a no-look, behind-the-back elbow pass during a game. The unexpected move caught his opponents off guard and became one of the most memorable plays of his career.
  22. The Phoenix Suns and the Boston Celtics played the longest game in NBA history on March 6, 1976. The game lasted three overtimes, totaling 63 minutes of playing time, with the Suns eventually winning 138-133.
  23. Dennis Rodman, aside from his basketball career, also pursued a career in professional wrestling. He made appearances in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and even had a tag team match at WCW Bash at the Beach in 1997 alongside Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall.
  24. The NBA has a rule called the “David Stern Rule,” named after the former NBA commissioner. This rule allows the league to fine teams if they rest healthy star players during nationally televised games, as it was seen as detrimental to the league’s image.
  25. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, two of the most successful franchises in NBA history, have a storied rivalry. They have faced each other in the NBA Finals a record 12 times, with the Celtics winning 9 of those matchups.
  26. LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points. He achieved this milestone at the age of 33 years and 24 days, surpassing Kobe Bryant, who previously held the record.
  27. The NBA introduced the Slam Dunk Contest during the 1984 All-Star Weekend, and it has since become one of the most popular events. Some iconic moments include Michael Jordan’s dunk from the free-throw line and Vince Carter’s jaw-dropping performance in 2000.
  28. Bill Russell, who played for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 1960s, won an astounding 11 NBA championships. His success as a player and his impact on the game led the NBA to name the Finals MVP trophy after him.
  29. The NBA had its first international player in 1947 when Wat Misaka, a Japanese-American, played for the New York Knicks. However, it wasn’t until the late 1980s and early 1990s that the league saw a significant influx of international players.
  30. Despite the NBA’s popularity, it also faced some controversies throughout its history. One notable incident was the “Malice at the Palace” in 2004 when a brawl broke out between the players of the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, involving fans as well.

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