The History of the NBA

For anyone that’s unfamiliar with the National Basketball Association, they are the biggest and best professional basketball league in the world. Although the NBA is based in North America and features 29 American and 1 Canadian side, it is widely recognised that this organisation has the premier players and teams from around the globe. Having been founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, the NBA originally went by the name Basketball Association of America, and it was not until the August of 1949 that National Basketball Association was adopted. The Toronto Huskies played hosts to the New York Knickerbockers in the first ever official NBA game, which took place at Maple Leaf Gardens in Canada.

From 1979, the NBA had a real surge in popularity and one of the more exciting moves by the organisation was to add the three pointer to the rule book which made for more dramatic matches. Also that year, Larry Bird joined the Boston Celtics, while Magic Johnson made his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers. These two giants of the game eventually went toe to toe at the 1984 NBA Finals and so began a rivalry which generated huge fan interest around the world. Both players lead their respective sides to numerous NBA titles and were the most famous names in the game until the arrival of Michael Jordan. Jordan became a global brand all of his own during the 90s and would help the Chicago Bulls secure three NBA Titles in succession from 1991 to 1993. He repeated the same feat in 96, 97 and 1998 before retiring the following year. Jordan did make a comeback with the Washington Wizards but injuries meant his game time was limited.


The 2014 NBA Championship title race is currently in its latter stages, with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs battling it out for the prestigious crown. Miami Heat are currently available at odds of 5/7, while the Spurs can be backed at odds of 6/5. There is also betting available on the Series Score which is sure to appeal to a number of basketball fans. The most popular series score at the time of writing is Miami to win by a 4-2 margin and that outcome can be supported at the 12/5 mark. For any San Antonio fans out there, Gregg Popovich’s side are available at generous looking odds of 11/2 to win the title by that same 4-2 score line.

The future of the NBA definitely looks bright and the fact that the NBA players are the world’s best paid sportsmen tells its own story. Betting on this sport and the NBA in particular remains big business. Bookmaker Betfair are one of the very best sportsbooks that provide betting opportunities for basketball punters and there are prices available on the NBA championship as well as individual matches throughout the calendar year.


Knicks Start Out Strong with Melo Leading the Way

Well what do you know? The New York Knicks started the season 3-0! Yes! The New York KNICKS! These are the same Knicks who have been the laughing stock of the NBA (National Basketball Association) for years. The same Knicks who last had a 3-0 start in the 1999-2000 NBA Lock-Out Season.

The Knicks’ strong start made waves around the league. Why wouldn’t it? If you blow out the Miami Heat by 20 in the season opener, you will definitely get a lot of attention. These Knickerbockers look very different from the last time we all saw them (last year’s playoffs, where they were destroyed by the Miami Heat).

The Knicks have added veterans such as Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, Pablo Prigioni and the returning Rasheed Wallace. While those are very great additions to the team, it’s not a secret that the man behind the Knicks’ success is none other than Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony has shown things that he has never done before in his career. We all know ‘Melo can score! In fact, he’s regarded by some as the best offensive player or pure scorer in the league. But the critics have never been shy to point out ‘Melo’s lack of commitment on the defensive end. What we’ve seen thus far though, is something that should silence even his biggest critics.

‘Melo has been playing amazing basketball on both ends of the floor. He dominated the Heat with his shooting and inside game, while playing good defense on his rival LeBron James. Right after that game, Carmelo Anthony continued his onslaught as he scored 21 against the Philadelphia 76ers. But what really stood out is ‘Melo’s defense and hustle. There was even an instance where Anthony dived for a loose ball and went into the stands. This kind of hustle and heart is what is propelling the Knicks right now to success.

Right now, the New York Knicks came back to Earth having suffered 4 losses already. They fell short against the Grizzlies, Mavericks, Rockets, and the new kids in town, the Brooklyn Nets.

This doesn’t mean that the Knicks have become irrelevant though. They still have one of the better records in the NBA. Carmelo has been playing out of his mind, as he has been mentioned early on as a legitimate MVP candidate. ESPN and have him at #2 in the MVP race. Carmelo Anthony can win that award if he continues to lead the Knicks to more WINS.

Everyone knows ‘Melo can score with the best of them; but the Knicks are going to need him to continue his stellar play on the defensive end. That is the only way for the Knicks to have a successful season and go deep in the Playoffs.

Can they go deep? Will the injured Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert be able to return to their pre-injury form and help the Knicks in their title hopes?

There are definitely a lot of question marks for this New York Knicks squad, but unlike the past few seasons, this Knicks are definitely contenders.

Knicks fans; don’t forget to thank Mr. Anthony, okay?