The game of basketball slowly evolved over time. The game began as an indoor leisure activity to provide exercise in the winter months when it was too cold to go outside and play football. It all began with a soccer ball and two peach baskets nailed to a rail above the floor. Today basketball has changed tremendously and has become one of the most popular games in the USA. There are huge franchises, big rivalries, and enormously talented and very well paid player pool, stars like Lebron James earning up to 60 million dollars a year in salary alone. With many fans now who follow the sport there has been a dramatic increase on Betway.com with many basketball markets available.
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THE 50 GREATEST PLAYERS IN NBA HISTORY
A select panel were asked to select the 50 Greatest Players in NBA
History, without regard to position. Voters did not rank their selections
and former players were not allowed to vote for themselves.
At the start of the 1996-97 season the 50 players had accumulated
107 NBA Championships, 49 Most Valuable Player Awards, 17 Rookie of
the Year honors, 447 All-Star Game selections, 36 scoring titles, 923,791
total points and 410,327 total rebounds.
THE TOP FIFTY:
CBS POLL OF 10 BEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF ALL
Larry Bird 45,556
2 Michael Jordan 40,702
3 Lew Alcindor 38,712
4 Wilt Chamberlain 37,995
5 Earvin Johnson 34,247
6 Pete Maravich 31,060
7 Bill Walton 25,078
8 Patrick Ewing 24,848
9 Oscar Robertson 24,633
10 Tim Duncan 22,113
Note: The next vote will change somewhat when LeBron James and Stephon Curry is added to the ballot.
But WHO would you leave out? That is the challenge
THE FOUR MOST FAMOUS TEAMS
The four most famous teams in basketball are the Original
Celtics, the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Harlem Globetrotters.
The Original Celtics were organized in 1914
and toured the United States for seven years, amassing an amazing record
of 1,320 wins against only 66 losses. They were so strong that when they
joined the American Professional League tahey were broken up to give the
other teams balance.
The Boston Celtics of the National Basketball
Association have dominated the game more than any other team in sports
history. Coached by the "winningest coach in basketball*," Arnold
"Red" Auerbach, the Celtics won eight consecutive NBA titles
and nine championships in ten years.
In 1988 the Los Angeles Lakers became
the first team to win back-to-back NBA championships in nineteen years.
Coached by Pat Riley and led by Earvin "Magic" Johnson and James
Worthy, the Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons in a seven-game series
for the 1988 title. Led by Shaquille O'Neal and coached by Phil Jackson,
they have since won three NBA titles in a row.
Without any question whatsoever, the Harlem
Globetrotters are the most colorful team in basketball. Organized
by Abe Saperstein, the Globetrotters have combined fantastic skill with
ingenious comedy to become the most well-known basketball team. They play
annually before packed houses throughout the world and have done more
than any other team to popularize basketball internationally.
* Lenny Wilkins has since surpassed Auerbach's total wins record.