The Best of the Best: A History of the Best Basketball Players and Teams

2000px-losangeles_lakers_logo-svgThe Lakers (MN) controlled the pro basketball league during the end of 1940 and into the beginning of the 50s. The Lakers, trained by John Kundla and also led by George Mikan, won the NBA championship titles five times from 1949-1954, only missing the year in 1951. Historic pro basketball players of this time were forward Bob Pettit and guard Bob Cousy, who led Boston to six NBA titles (1957, 1959-1963). The Celtics were at the top of the NBA from 1957 to 1969, and rightfully so. During this time, the team won 11 NBA championships, and that includes eight straight. B. Russell was the top baller for the Celtics, while one more historically dominant facility, Wilt Chamberlain, was on the Philadelphia Warriors.

The undeniable leader of the duration from 1963 to 1975 was UCLA. UCLA won 10 championship games in all (7 straight). Some historic pro basketball players of this UCLA team were centers B. Walton and K. Abdul-Jabbar, guard G. Goodrich, and forwards M. Johnson and J. Wilkes.  Abdul-Jabbar played an extraordinary twenty periods in the NBA prior to resigning as the organization’s leading career scorer with 38,387 points.

In 1967, the NBA located an opponent in the American Basketball Organization (ABA). The ABA gained a fan following for its razzle-dazzle showmanship, as well as the color of the organization’s basketballs (red, white, and blue). Without question, the ABA’s ideal player was guard and forward Julius Erving. The ABA ended in 1976, and the majority of its teams went to the NBA.

1979 was a traditionally crucial year for big league basketball. That year, E. Johnson of Michigan State College and L. Bird of Indiana State earned lots of NBA money. The Detroit Pistons emerged as a late 1980s giant with star players like D. Rodman and I. Thomas.

For about a little over 35 years, sport columnists have come to acknowledge professional women basketball players as well. Guideline changes in the 1960’s brought the sport compatible male competitors. Dribbling ended up being completely legal in 1966, and after that in 1969 the five-player full-court layout was presented, a layout that would certainly end up being official in 1971. The Hall of Fame (basketball) started to acknowledge the valuable contributions of women basketball in 1985, players and coaches. A few of the first players to be honored with Hall of Fame recognition were C. Blazejowski, A. Donovan, N. Lieberman-Cline, A. Meyers, and C. Miller.

In the 1990s, the professional basketball limelight came to Michael Jordan as he led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA champions. Various other excellent players of the years were C. Barkley, K. Malone, S. O’Neal, H. Olajuwon, D. Robinson, and J. Stockton. J. Azzi, C. Cooper, T. Edwards, L. Leslie and S. Swoopes were several of this period’s essential women players.

Historic professional basketball players have been bringing exhilaration to fans and honor to colleagues for more than a century. With the continued passion in professional basketball and sellout stadiums across the nation, there is no indication that the popularity of basketball is reducing any time soon.