The Basketball Association of America ( BAA) was a professional basketball league in North America, founded in 1946. Following its third season, 1948–49, the BAA absorbed most of National Basketball League (NBL) and rebranded as the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Philadelphia Warriors won the inaugural BAA championship in 1947, followed by the Baltimore Bullets and the Minneapolis Lakers in 1948 and 1949, respectively.
The National Basketball League, characterized by six teams from the Northeast (New York Wanderers, Trenton Nationals, Millville Glass Blowers, Bristol Pile Drivers, Camden Skeeters, and Pennsylvania Bicycle Club) was an early precursor to the American Basketball League (founded 1925), the Basketball Association of America (founded 1946), and the largest and longest-lasting of them all, the National Basketball Association (founded 1946).
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The NBA began life as the Basketball Association of America in 1946 and played under that monkier for 3 years before, in 1949, merging with the National Basketball League and changing names to the NBA. The BAA started out with 11 teams in 1946 but lose four of them before the start of the next season.
The Basketball Association of America (Revised) After World War II, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) was founded in 1946 in New York City by a group of men in tuxedos who came together to work towards the simple goal of making their arenas profitable (Heaphy 2013).
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history of basketball. In basketball: U.S. professional basketball. …the organization of the new Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1946 under the guidance of Walter A. Brown, president of the Boston Garden. Brown contended that professional basketball would succeed only if there were sufficient financial support to nurse the league over the early lean years, if the game….
American Basketball Association debuts On October 13, 1967, the Anaheim Amigos lose to the Oakland Oaks, 134-129, in the inaugural game of the American Basketball Association.
In 1949 two subsequent professional leagues, the National Basketball League (formed in 1937) and the Basketball Association of America (1946) merged to create the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Boston Celtics, led by their center Bill Russell, dominated the NBA from the late 1950s through the 1960s.