Since 1998 basketball equipment manufacturers has produced approximately 207,000 basketballs each year. With 3.6 million sales of basketball these companies have earned as much as $60 million in the US alone. With all of these numbers it’s safe to say that basketball is one the well-loved, if the not the most, sports in the United States, and undoubtedly in the world. Basketball is such an easy sports to learn, anybody can play the game thus anybody can feel free to build a basketball goal in their own lots at home or in their villages or parks.
The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 101-91 at home in Game 3 on Thursday. While Miami has a 2-1 lead in the series, the Celtics can even up the series with another win at the TD Garden on Sunday. Tip-off for Game 4 is scheduled for 8:30 EST and will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN. The Celtics were up by as much as 24-points in the 4th quarter. The Heat made a furious run to get within 8 points, but that was as close as they’d get.
The New York Knicks have been a franchise plagued with a lot of potential and a lot of displeasure. In the 60 years in the NBA, they’ve just won two NBA Championship.
The Houston Rockets have only 2 NBA titles, both occurring in the 90s, despite fielding relatively powerful teams in the 70s and 80s with Calvin Murphy, Moses Malone, Nike Newlin and Rudy Tomjanovich. The Rockets were also able to add in Rick Barry late in the 1979 campaign and fielded a deep lineup which included the likes of Tom Henderson, mike Dunleavy, Major Jones and Bill Wiloughby. They incredibly made the NBA Finals in the 1980-81 season, despite finishing with a losing record of 40-42 and the sixth seed in the playoffs. The Rockets beat the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and Kansas City Kings in transit to a clash against the Celtics. They lost 4 games to two though, regardless of winning game 2 on the road.
The Orlando Magic have made the playoffs 13 times out of a possible 22 seasons. The team was set up in 1989 and is relatively young, but has been graced with the presence of accomplished players such as Tracy McGrady, Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Shaquille O’Neal. The greatest Orlando Magic players ever are Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard.
The Milwaukee Bucks were set up in 1968. Over the years they have won 2 Conference titles and 13 Division titles, with the only Championship season all of the way back in 1971. Check out our NBA Championship odds to find out which teams are in the running to win it all this year. The team has had in their history, players such as Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Moncrief, Bob Lanier, Glenn Robinson and Marques Johnson. The greatest players for the franchise of the Bucks are Marques Johnson, Sidney Mocrief and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The Kings franchise settled in three different locations before finishing up in Sacramento in 1985. They won one title in 1946 as the Rochester Royals in the NBL and won their first NBA title in 1951. Those championship teams were controlled by Bob Davies, Al Cervi, George Glamack, Otto Grahamm, Les Harrison, Maurice Stokes, Red Holzman, Arnie Rysen, Jack Twyman and Bobby Wanzer. When the Royals left for Cincinnati in 1957, the franchise had nine future basketball Hall of famers on their roster.
The NBA granted 4 expansion teams in 1987, and one of those expansion teams was the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves were one of the worst teams in the NBA for several seasons till they drafted Kevin Garnett in the 1995 NBA draft. The team had just 29 wins, 15 wins, 19 wins, 20 wins and 21 wins in its first five seasons. Although the featured good players like Tom Gugliota and Isaiah Rider.