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National Basketball Association (NBA)

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The Resume

    (June 7, 1946- )
    Consists of thirty teams in two conferences and six divisions (starting in 2004)
    Originated as the Basketball Association of America with 11 members (Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Warriors, Washington Capitols, Chicago Stags, St. Louis Bombers, Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, Pittsburgh Ironmen, Providence Steamrollers, and Toronto Huskies)
    New York Knicks defeated Toronto Huskies in first ever game 68-66
    Philadelphia Warriors won first championship by defeating the Chicago Stags 4 games to 1
    Changed name to NBA after absorbing teams from the National Basketball League (1949)
    Former and current players include Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Julius Erving, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan

Why National Basketball Association (NBA) might be annoying:

    It is responsible for the WNBA.
    It gave us Dennis Rodman.
    Many of its players are selfish and some of them get in trouble with the law.
    Instead of simply giving the first draft pick to the team with the worst record, it has either a coin flip or a lottery to decide who gets it.
    When a large-market team wins the draft lottery, some fans would think that the lottery was fixed.
    Some fans also complain that superstars get better treatment from the referees.
    It is as black as the NHL is white.
    Like all the other major North American sports leagues, it has been guilty of overexpansion and overpaying its players.
    Talent on each team has been diluted due to the overexpansion, and scoring has gone down significantly.
    They had a lockout in 1999 due to a salary dispute.
    The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have together won more than half the titles.
    Its playoffs last forever, taking nearly two months to complete.
    Hip-hop artists wear NBA uniforms for a fashion statement.

Why National Basketball Association (NBA) might not be annoying:

    It has possibly the most worldwide appeal of the four major North American pro sports leagues.
    It offers spectacular dunks such as those from Julius Erving, Michael Jordan and Vince Carter.
    It was the last major North American sports league to cancel games due to work stoppage.
    It has very clever promos, such as the 'I Love This Game!' commercials or the ones where players try to seduce the NBA championship trophy.
    It enjoyed a renaissance in the 1980's due to the rivalry between Magic Johnson's Lakers and Larry Bird's Celtics.
    It continued through the 1990's thanks to the amazing play of Michael Jordan.
    Its NBA on NBC theme song in the 1990's was extremely catchy.
    It has a salary cap that is not as strict as the NFL's.
    It uses basketball great Jerry West's silhouette as their logo.
    Its 'Team Up' and 'Read to Achieve' programs have helped many inner-city children.
    In an unprecedented move, it suspended all of its upcoming games after player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID 19 (March 11, 2020).

Credit: Hoxy

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 31 Votes: 64.52% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 62 Votes: 46.77% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 167 Votes: 46.71% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 278 Votes: 52.88% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 391 Votes: 55.50% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 2545 Votes: 70.61% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 1787 Votes: 79.46% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 2068 Votes: 83.80% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 1074 Votes: 95.81% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 836 Votes: 49.64% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 1083 Votes: 64.54% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 8882 Votes: 70.39% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 10314 Votes: 84.49% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 1566 Votes: 85.70% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 3508 Votes: 70.41% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 3505 Votes: 74.89% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 723 Votes: 78.56% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 513 Votes: 76.80% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 120 Votes: 68.33% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 308 Votes: 66.23% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 551 Votes: 69.15% Annoying