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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Happy Birthday, NBA!

Today's History Lesson...basketball

Excitement! Thrill! Competition! America, as well as the world, is into sports! "Let the games begin!" has been announced for centuries. But, sports are much more than simply fun and games. The fight to the finish, the urge to be in the winner's circle, the desire to be the best of the best thrive on sheer will to concentrate harder and never give up. It takes a lot on the playing field as well as behind the scenes.
This Day in History: August 3, 1949

The National Basketball League (NBL) was the first professional men's basketball league in the world but disbanded in 1904. Reclaimed in 1937, the National Basketball League (NBL) was a professional men's basketball league in the United States remaining strong until 1949. In 1937-38, it got its start with 13 previously independent teams. At this time, the league was created by three corporations General Electric, Firestone and Goodyear. The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). It adopted the name National Basketball Association in the fall of 1949 after adding several teams from the rival National Basketball League (NBL). 
On this day in 1949, after a damaging three-year battle to win both players and fans, the rival Basketball Association of America (BAA) and National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form the National Basketball Association (NBA). 
Present day National Basketball Association (NBA) is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.

As if there was any other reason to be thankful for the NBA...