The National Basketball Association (NBA) was established on June 6, 1946 and originally known as the Basketball Association of American (BAA). Of the original 11 franchises in that inaugural season most folded within a season or two however three are still in operation today, two in their original cities ( Boston Celtics, New York Knicks) and one since relocated ( Philadelphia Warriors ).
The Women’s National Basketball Association, in its 20th season in 2016, is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement and diversity.
The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States.It is currently composed of twelve teams. The league was founded on April 22, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997.
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The NBA originated in 1946 with 11 teams, and through a sequence of team expansions, reductions and relocations currently consists of 30 teams. The United States is home to 29 teams; another is in Canada. The current league organization divides 30 teams into two conferences of three divisions with five teams each.
During this twenty year time period is when notable franchises entered the NBA like the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers ), the Philadelphia Warriors (now the Golden State Warriors ), Minneapolis Lakers (now the Los Angeles Lakers ), and Rochester Royals (now the Sacramento Kings ).
There are more than 200 national basketball teams, the second sport with more national teams, with teams representing all UN member states except Liechtenstein, as well as several dependent territories, sub-national entities and states who are not members of the United Nations .