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NBA Playoffs begin in late April, with eight teams in each conference competing for the Championship. The three division winners, along with the team with the next best record from the conference are given the top four seeds. The next four teams in terms of record are given the lower four seeds.

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The NBA Board of Governors approved the request of the Seattle SuperSonics to relocate to Oklahoma City on April 18, 2008. The team, however, could not move until it had settled a lawsuit filed by the city of Seattle, which was intended to keep the SuperSonics in Seattle for the remaining two seasons of the team’s lease at KeyArena. Following a court case, the city of Seattle settled with the ownership group of the SuperSonics on July 2, 2008, allowing the team to move to Oklahoma City immediately in exchange for terminating the final two seasons of the team’s lease at KeyArena. The Oklahoma City Thunder began playing in the 2008–09 season.

The current league organization divides thirty teams into two conferences of three divisions with five teams each. The current divisional alignment was introduced in the 2004–05 season. Reflecting the population distribution of the United States and Canada as a whole, most teams are in the eastern half of the country: thirteen teams are in the Eastern Time Zone, nine in the Central, three in the Mountain, and five in the Pacific.

In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, who already featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, and went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, setting new single game records in scoring and rebounding . Russell’s rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports.

Referee Operations is responsible for all aspects of the NBA’s officiating program, including recruiting, training and development, and scheduling. Referee Operations is also responsible for the Replay Center, which facilitates using instant replay to help make decisions in conjunction with the oncourt officials. Referee Operations partners closely with the Basketball Strategy and Analytics team (within Finance & Strategy) to manage game data and analysis programs, including the Game Review Program.

The legal department provides advice and counsel with respect to all of the company’s activities and businesses on a global basis. For the NBA and WNBA, the department assists in the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements with players, including the salary cap system, the anti-drug program, and the grievance/arbitration process. For both of these leagues and the NBA D-League, the department provides advice on the structuring of player contracts, trades, disciplinary matters, and playing rules issues. League transactional lawyers administer policies governing the transfer and relocation of teams, the approval of new arenas, and the regulation of team ownership and debt. Our deal lawyers negotiate and advise on the structuring of business arrangements with counterparties in a variety of areas, including television, digital media, sponsorship, consumer products, gaming, and events. Our intellectual property lawyers maintain and protect the company’s worldwide portfolio of trademarks and copyrights. The legal department handles litigation, investigations, and legislative affairs, and oversees a compliance program across all of our business lines and offices.

Legal The legal department provides advice and counsel with respect to all of the company’s activities and businesses on a global basis. For the NBA and WNBA, the department assists in the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements with players, including the salary cap system, the anti-drug program, and the grievance/arbitration process. For both of these leagues and the NBA D-League, the department provides advice on the structuring of player contracts, trades, disciplinary matters, and playing rules issues. League transactional lawyers administer policies governing the transfer and relocation of teams, the approval of new arenas, and the regulation of team ownership and debt. Our deal lawyers negotiate and advise on the structuring of business arrangements with counterparties in a variety of areas, including television, digital media, sponsorship, consumer products, gaming, and events. Our intellectual property lawyers maintain and protect the company’s worldwide portfolio of trademarks and copyrights. The legal department handles litigation, investigations, and legislative affairs, and oversees a compliance program across all of our business lines and offices.

On August 2, 2006, the NBA announced the new playoff format. The new format takes the three division winners and the second-place team with the best record and rank them 1–4 by record. The other 4 slots are filled by best record other than those other 4 teams. Previously, the top three seeds went to the division winners.

In 1998, the NBA owners began a lockout which lasted 191 days and was settled on January 18, 1999. As a result of this lockout the 1998–99 NBA season was reduced from 82 to 50 games (61% of a normal season), and the All-Star Game was cancelled. The San Antonio Spurs won their first championship, and first by a former ABA team, by beating the New York Knicks, who were the first, and are the only, eighth seed to ever make it to the NBA Finals.

WNBA The Women’s National Basketball Association, in its 20th season in 2016, is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement and diversity. This department helps manage all aspects of operations for the 12-team league, including player relations, basketball operations, fan development, social responsibility, communications, and marketing partnerships.

NBA Development League The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises for the first time ever during 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

Following the summer break, teams begin training camps in late September. Training camps allow the coaching staff to evaluate players (especially rookies), scout the team’s strengths and weaknesses, prepare the players for the rigorous regular season, and determine the 12-man active roster (and a 3-man inactive list) with which they will begin the regular season. Teams have the ability to assign players with less than two years of experience to the NBA development league. After training camp, a series of preseason exhibition games are held. Preseason matches are sometimes held in non-NBA cities, both in the United States and overseas. The NBA regular season begins in the last week of October.

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Having a higher seed offers several advantages. Since the first seed begins the playoffs playing against the eighth seed, the second seed plays the seventh seed, the third seed plays the sixth seed, and the fourth seed plays the fifth seed, having a higher seed means a team faces a weaker team in the first round. The team in each series with the better record has home court advantage, including the First Round. This means that, for example, if the team who receives the 6 seed has a better record than the team with the 3 seed (by virtue of a divisional championship), the 6 seed would have home court advantage, even though the other team has a higher seed. Therefore, the team with the best regular season record in the league is guaranteed home court advantage in every series it plays. For example, in 2006, the Denver Nuggets won 44 games and captured the Northwest Division and the #3 seed. Their opponent was the #6 seed Los Angeles Clippers, who won 47 games and finished second in the Pacific Division. Although Denver won its much weaker division, the Clippers had home-court advantage and won the series in 5.

A new official game ball was introduced on June 28, 2006, for the 2006–07 season, marking the first change to the ball in over 35 years and only the second ball in 60 seasons. Manufactured by Spalding, the new ball featured a new design and new synthetic material that Spalding claimed offered a better grip, feel, and consistency than the original ball. However, many players were vocal in their disdain for the new ball, saying that it was too sticky when dry, and too slippery when wet.

After the 2012–13 season, the New Orleans Hornets renamed themselves the Pelicans. During the 2013–14 season, Stern retired as commissioner after 30 years, and deputy commissioner Adam Silver ascended to the position of commissioner. During that season’s playoffs, the Bobcats officially reclaimed the Hornets name, and by agreement with the league and the Pelicans, also received sole ownership of all history, records, and statistics from the Pelicans’ time in Charlotte. As a result, the Hornets are now officially considered to have been founded in 1988, suspended operations in 2002, and resumed in 2004 as the Bobcats, while the Pelicans are officially treated as a 2002 expansion team. (This is somewhat similar to the relationship between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens in the NFL.)

Digital Media Digital Media’s mission is to bring the world courtside by providing the NBA experience for everyone, everywhere. The department creates and manages digital products (like mobile applications and virtual reality products) that extend the league’s global reach. The NBA is the most popular sports league on social media, and the Digital Media team manages all of the league’s social platforms. The department also works with NBA Digital (a joint venture between the NBA and Turner Sports) to manage and present best-in-class websites and digital products for the NBA, WNBA, NBA D-League and all teams across the three leagues, and develops strategies for distributing content to our global regional offices and partners.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began an investigation on July 19, 2007, over allegations that veteran NBA referee Tim Donaghy bet on basketball games he officiated over the past two seasons and that he made calls affecting the point spread in those games. On August 15, 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty to two federal charges related to the investigation. However, he could face additional charges if it is determined that he deliberately miscalled individual games. Donaghy claimed in 2008 that certain refs were friendly with players and “company men” for the NBA. Donaghy alleged that refs influenced the outcome of certain playoff and finals games in 2002 and 2005. NBA commissioner David Stern denied the allegations and said Donaghy was a convicted felon and a “singing, cooperating witness”. Donaghy served 15 months in prison and was released in November 2009. According to an independent study by Ronald Beech of Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, although the refs increased the Lakers’ chances of winning through foul calls during the game, there was no collusion to fix the game. On alleged “star treatment” during Game 6 by the refs toward certain players, Beech claimed, “there does seem to be issues with different standards and allowances for different players.”

Administration oversees a range of operational and professional services for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League. The Facilities team ensures that the work environment is functional and well-maintained, and is responsible for office renovation design, overseeing equipment repairs and maintenance, and acting as the liaison between the league office and property management. Administration also manages mail, duplication, messenger, office supply, and catering services. The Risk Management and Insurance team utilizes various risk transfer mechanisms, such as insurance, and proactively identifies and minimizes risk to help to protect the NBA’s human, financial and physical assets. The Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) team, provides strategic guidance and serves as a catalyst for league-wide D&I strategies. The team is focused on ensuring that the NBA continues to have a diverse and inclusive mix of talent at all levels globally and that the full capacity of that talent is being leveraged. The team is also responsible for guiding supplier diversity and inclusion learning efforts.

The NBA is also the only league that regularly schedules games on Christmas Day. The league has been playing games regularly on the holiday since 1947, though the first Christmas Day games were not televised until 1983–84. Games played on this day have featured some of the best teams and players. Christmas is also notable for NBA on television, as the holiday is when the first NBA games air on network television each season. Games played on this day have been some of the highest-rated games during a particular season.

The Warriors swept their way to the Finals, where they’ll once again meet the Cavs, who lost only once in the East. Not everyone thinks such dominance is helping the game.

From streaming live entertainment and games, to emerging technology and law, to marketing, security and more, the NBA has positions available for the most passionate and accomplished candidates. Every member of our team serves an important and valuable role. Whether you are on the court, behind the scenes or out in the community, you’re helping others experience the NBA like never before.

Information Technology (IT) designs, develops and maintains systems and technical infrastructure that support the League’s global operations and corporate goals. IT works closely with NBA business areas to help them derive the highest value from their technology investments. This includes technologies that enable NBA employees to work most effectively and collaboratively with their co-workers, teams and partners. IT also interfaces with, and provides support to, NBA teams and their venues for technologies that are used during games. The department also provides the technical infrastructure and on-the-ground support to thousands, including employees, marketing partners, broadcasters and media at major events such as the All-Star game, Finals and Draft. IT is responsible for protecting the NBA’s data and infrastructure through a best-in-class Cyber Security program.

People & Culture People & Culture drives the NBA’s global workforce strategy, including talent acquisition, talent management, employee development, employee relations, compensation, and benefits. People & Culture works to identify candidates that will help drive the league’s strategic direction and business goals, develops programs to aid in employees’ professional development, and implements policies and procedures designed to maintain an employee-friendly workplace. The department also supports the company’s human resources information systems (HRIS) that provide data and reporting to assist in key business decisions.

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Security Security is responsible for maintaining the integrity of NBA, WNBA, and NBA D-League games. The department designs, develops, and executes security plans and programs to provide a safe and secure environment globally, protecting players, fans, and employees at league offices, arenas, and special events. The department’s goal is a safe and secure NBA for all.

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The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises for the first time ever during 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

The 1960s were dominated by the Celtics. Led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966. This championship streak is the longest in NBA history. They did not win the title in 1966–67, but regained it in the 1967–68 season and repeated in 1969. The domination totaled nine of the ten championship banners of the 1960s.

On some occasions, young players, most but not all from the English-speaking world, have attended U.S. colleges before playing in the NBA. Notable examples are:

Shortly after the All-Star break is the trade deadline, which is set to fall on the 16th Thursday of the season (usually in February) at 3pm Eastern Time. After this date, teams are not allowed to exchange players with each other for the remainder of the season, although they may still sign and release players. Major trades are often completed right before the trading deadline, making that day a hectic time for general managers.

Social Responsibility & Player Programs Social Responsibility & Player Programs leads the League’s global social responsibility and youth basketball participation initiatives as well as player development and strategic marketing efforts that help players be more successful off the court. The programs managed by this department include NBA Cares, Jr. NBA and the Rookie Transition Program, an orientation program designed to educate and help rookies successfully transition into their roles as professional athletes. In addition to community building and player programs, the department also oversees efforts with former players, player family members and it manages communication and engagement with government agencies.

 

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