Basketball and Its Greatest Players by Britannica Educational Publishing,Sherman Hollar

By Britannica Educational Publishing,Sherman Hollar

Drawing crowds for its screens of either uncooked athleticism and unbelievable showmanship, basketball has turn into the most fascinating spectator activities within the usa, in addition to the realm. avid gamers popular for his or her maneuverability and skill—“Air” Jordan and his vintage acrobatic strikes, for instance—have intensified the extent of festival in specialist leagues and encouraged daily fanatics to “shoot hoops” in pleasant video games. This attractive quantity examines the historical past and evolution of basketball and a few of its so much influential gamers.

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Played as a best-of-seven series, the final pairings stretch into late June. Although basketball is traditionally a winter game, the NBA still fills its arenas and attracts a national television audience in late spring and early summer. As the popularity of the league grew, player salaries rose to an annual average of more than $5 million by mid-2000s, and some superstars earned more than $20 million yearly. The NBA has a salary cap that limits (at least theoretically, as loopholes allow many teams to exceed the cap) the total amount a team can spend on salaries in any given season.

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4 points a game, and scored 100 points in a single game. Among Chamberlain’s signature moves were the finger roll and fadeaway jump shot. In the middle of the 1964–65 season Chamberlain was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. 3 shooting average. Before the 1968–69 season, Chamberlain was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. In 1968 he reached a record 25,000 career points and became the first center to lead the league in assists. Chamberlain’s powerful presence drove the Lakers to the 1972 NBA title and helped them win a record 33 consecutive victories.

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