United States men's national basketball team
The USA Basketball Mens Senior National Team, commonly known as the United States Mens National Basketball Team, represents the United States in international mens basketball. The USA team is the most successful team in competition, winning medals in all eighteen Olympic tournaments it has entered. The United States is currently ranked first in the FIBA World Rankings, traditionally composed of amateur players, a 1989 rule change by FIBA allowed USA Basketball to field teams with professional players. The first such team, known as the Dream Team, won the medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. With the introduction of professionals, the team was able to spark a run of dominance after capturing only a bronze medal in 1988. A team of professional players competed at the 1994 FIBA World Championship, in 1996,2000,2008,2012, and 2016 the USA again captured gold medals at the Olympics. Facing increased competition, the USA failed to win a medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, determined to put an end to these failures, USA Basketball initiated a long-term project aimed at creating better, more cohesive teams.
The USA won its first seven games at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan before losing against Greece in the semi-finals, the USA won gold two years later, though, at the 2008 Summer Olympics with a dominant performance. The USA continued this streak of dominance by going undefeated and capturing gold once more at the 2012 Summer Olympics,2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, the United States possessed a clear advantage in the early decades of international play. Through the next six tournaments, the United States went undefeated, collecting gold while not losing a single contest in the held in London, Melbourne, Tokyo. Roster until the formation of the 1992 Dream Team, the 1952 team included big man Clyde Lovellette of the University of Kansas, a future Hall of Famer and NBA star, but Kurland once again led the team to victory. The 1956 team was led by San Francisco Dons Bill Russell, the 1972 Olympic mens basketball gold medal game, marking the first ever loss for the USA in Olympic play, is arguably the most controversial in Olympic history.
The United States rode their seven consecutive gold medals and 63–0 Olympic record to Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics, the team won its first eight games in convincing fashion, setting up a final against the Soviet Union. With three seconds left in the medal game, American forward Doug Collins sank two free throws to put the Americans up 50–49. However, the buzzer sounded before Collins second free throw, immediately following Collins free throws, the Soviets inbounded the ball and failed to score. But one official had whistled play to stop with one remaining after hearing the earlier horn. The Soviets argued that they had requested a timeout before Collins foul shots, the referees ordered the clock reset to three seconds and the games final seconds replayed. However, the clock was in the process of being reset when the referees put the ball in play
Gregg Charles Popovich is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. Taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, Popovich is the longest tenured coach in both the NBA and all US major sports leagues. He is often referred to as Coach Pop or simply Pop, Popovich is considered one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. He is currently tied with Phil Jackson with a record 20 consecutive winning seasons and he has won five NBA championships as a head coach, a feat achieved only by four others in NBA history. He is one of nine coaches to have won 1,000 NBA games, Popovich was born in East Chicago, Indiana on January 28,1949, to a Serb father and Croat mother. He started his career playing Biddy Basketball and was on the 1960 Gary Biddy Basketball All-Star Team which finished third in the World Tournament. He attended Merrillville High School and graduated in 1970 from the United States Air Force Academy and he played basketball for four seasons at the Academy and in his senior year was the team captain and the leading scorer.
He graduated with a degree in Soviet Studies, and he underwent Air Force intelligence gathering and processing training. At one point, Popovich considered a career with the Central Intelligence Agency, Popovich served five years of required active duty in the United States Air Force, during which he toured Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union with the U. S. In 1972, he was selected as captain of the Armed Forces Team and this earned him an invitation to the 1972 U. S. Olympic Basketball Team trials. Popovich returned to the Air Force Academy as an assistant coach in 1973 under head coach Hank Egan, Egan would become an assistant coach under Popovich for the San Antonio Spurs. During his time with the staff of the U. S. Air Force Academy, Popovich attended the University of Denver and earned his masters degree in physical education. In 1979, he was named the basketball coach of Pomona-Pitzers mens team. Popovich coached Pomona-Pitzer mens basketball from 1979 to 1988, leading the team to its first outright title in 68 years, during his time as head coach at Pomona-Pitzer, Popovich became a disciple and a close friend of head coach Larry Brown at the University of Kansas.
Popovich took off the 1985–1986 season at Pomona-Pitzer to become an assistant at Kansas. Popovich returned to Pomona-Pitzer and resumed his duties as coach the next season. Following the 1987–88 season, Popovich joined Larry Brown as the assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. From 1988 to 1992, Popovich was the top assistant under Brown, in 1994, Popovich returned to San Antonio as the general manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations after current owner Peter Holt purchased the team
The Philadelphia 76ers are an American professional basketball team based in Philadelphia metropolitan area. The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA and they have won three NBA championships, with their first coming as the Syracuse Nationals in 1955. The second title came in the 1966–67 season, a team which was led by Chamberlain, the third title came in the 1982–83 season, won by a team led by Erving and Malone. The 76ers have only been back to the NBA Finals once since then, in 2001, while in the NBL with teams largely consisting of small Midwestern towns, the Nationals put together a 21–23 record, finishing in 4th place. In the playoffs, the Nats would be beaten by the fellow upstate neighbor Rochester Royals in 4 games, in their second season, 1947–48, the Nationals would struggle, finishing in 5th place with a 24–36 record.
Despite their struggles, the Nats would make the playoffs, getting swept by the Anderson Duffey Packers in 3 straight games, several teams began to leave the NBL for the BAA as the foundation for an absorption was laid. The Nationals recipe for success began by recruiting Leo Ferris, in the playoffs the Nationals would make quick work of the Hammond Calumet Buccaneers, winning the series in 2 straight games. However, in the semifinals the Nats would fall to the Anderson Duffey Packers for the second season in 4 games. In 1949, the Nationals were one of seven NBL teams that were absorbed by the Basketball Association of America to form the NBA, the Nationals were an instant success in the NBA, winning the Eastern Division in the 1949–1950 season, with a league best record of 51–13. In the playoffs the Nationals continued to play basketball, beating the Philadelphia Warriors in 2 straight. Moving on to the Eastern Finals, the Nationals battled the New York Knickerbockers, in the NBA Finals, the Nationals faced fellow NBL alums the Minneapolis Lakers.
In Game 1 of the Finals the Nats lost just their home game of the season 68–66. The Nats did not recover, as they fell behind 3 games to 1 before falling in 6 games, despite several teams leaving the NBA for the National Professional Basketball League before the 1950–1951 season, the Nationals decided to stay put. In their second NBA season the Nationals played mediocre basketball all season, however, in the playoffs the Nats played their best basketball of the season as they stunned the 1st place Philadelphia Warriors in 2 straight, taking Game 1 on the road in overtime 91–89. In the Eastern Finals the Nationals were beaten by the New York Knickerbockers in a hard-fought 5-game series, in the playoffs the Nats knocked off the Philadelphia Warriors again in a 3-game series. However, in the Eastern Finals the Nats fell to the New York Knickerbockers again, the Nationals would finish in 2nd place in a hard fought 3-way battle for first place in the Eastern Division for the 1952–1953 season, with a record of 47–24.
In the playoffs the Nationals would face the Boston Celtics dropping Game 1 at home 87–81, the Nationals acquired Alex Groza, and Ralph Beard as the Indianapolis Olympians folded leaving the NBA with just 9 teams for the 1953–1954 season
Richard Andrew Rick Pitino is an American basketball coach. Since 2001, he has been the coach at the University of Louisville. As a college coach, Pitino has served at Boston University, Providence College. In addition to his coaching career, Pitino served two stints in the NBA, coaching the New York Knicks for two seasons and the Boston Celtics for three and a partial fourth. Pitino holds the distinction of being the mens coach in history to lead two different schools to an NCAA Championship. He is the coach to lead three different schools to a Final Four. In 2013, Pitino was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in addition to his on-court success, Pitino has achieved a measure of success as an author and a motivational speaker. Pitino was born in New York City, New York and was raised in Bayville and he was captain of the St. Dominic High School basketball team in Oyster Bay, Long Island. He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1970 and he was a standout guard for the Minutemen basketball team.
His 329 career assists rank tenth all-time at UMass, as of the 2009–10 season and he led the team in assists as a junior and senior. The 168 assists as a senior is the eighth-best single season total ever there, Pitino earned his degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1974. Pitino is currently coach of the University of Louisville. Previous college coaching assignments include Boston University, Providence College, Pitino is considered by many to be one of the first coaches to promote fully taking advantage of the 3-point shot, first adopted by the NCAA in 1987. By exploiting the 3-point shot, his teams at Kentucky in the early 1990s were known as Pitinos Bombinos, even now, Pitinos teams are known for the 3-point threat and all of his teams rank towards the top in 3-point attempts per season. Many of Pitinos players and assistant coaches have gone on to successful collegiate coaches. Pitino started his career as a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii in 1974. He was the first assistant hired by Jim Boeheim in 1976 as Boeheim began his tenure at Syracuse University, Pitino served as Hawaiis interim head coach late in the 1975–76 season.
Coach Bruce ONeil was fired after the Rainbow Warriors started the season 9–12, Pitino led Hawaii for their final six games, going 2–4 in the span
2007 NBA Finals
The 2007 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2006–07 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs and the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers and this was Clevelands first trip to the NBA Finals in their franchise history and San Antonios fourth. The Spurs swept the Cavaliers 4 games to 0, Tony Parker was named the series MVP. The series was televised on ABC under the ESPN on ABC branding, as of 2016, this is the most recent Finals to end in a sweep. The Finals were played using the 2-3-2 format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage, the NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. The other playoff series were played in the 2-2-1-1-1 format, the best-of-seven series began on June 7,2007, with the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs playing the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Because the San Antonio Spurs had a regular season win-loss record. As the new season began, the Spurs saw the Mavericks rolling through their season, on their way to a franchise best 67 win campaign. Meanwhile, the Spurs struggled through their season through January, with the main focus lying on Dallas, and the Phoenix Suns, the Spurs found themselves flying under the radar. However, the Spurs used a late season surge en route to a 58-24 regular season record, in the playoffs, the Spurs met the Denver Nuggets and their duo of Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony. Although the Nuggets took game 1, the Spurs rallied off 4 straight wins to take the series in five games. As San Antonio prepared to face off against the second seed Phoenix Suns, with the Mavericks gone, the stakes of the Suns-Spurs series shot up dramatically, and the result was a closely competitive and controversial series. The Suns, due to their season record, had homecourt advantage. In a hotly contested battle of Western Conference heavyweights, each tried to deliver a knockout blow to the other.
The Spurs finally landed it, but by accident, with the game in the balance Tony Parker and Steve Nash collided head-to-head. Game 2 saw the Suns rebound and blow out the Spurs to a 101-81 beating, after this game, Suns center Amare Stoudemire labeled the Spurs a dirty team. Game 3 switched back to San Antonio and saw a return of the play, resulting in Manu Ginóbili receiving a bruised and bloodied eye. However, Tim Duncan led the Spurs to a 108-101 victory, games 4 and 5 were the most controversial of the series
AT&T Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate, headquartered at Whitacre Tower in downtown Dallas, Texas. AT&T is the third-largest company in Texas, as of February 2017, AT&T is the 12th largest company in the world as measured by a composite of revenues, profits and market valuation. AT&T is the largest telecommunications company in the world by revenue, as of 2017, it is the 18th-largest mobile telecom operator in the world, with 135 million mobile customers. AT&T was ranked at #4 on the 2017 rankings of the worlds most valuable brands published by Brand Finance, Southwestern Bell changed its name to SBC Communications Inc. in 1995. In 2005, SBC purchased former parent AT&T Corp. and took on its branding, with the merged entity naming itself AT&T Inc. and using the iconic AT&T Corp. logo and stock-trading symbol. The current AT&T reconstitutes much of the former Bell System and includes ten of the original 22 Bell Operating Companies, AT&T can trace its origin back to the original Bell Telephone Company founded by Alexander Graham Bell after his invention of the telephone.
This monopoly was known as the Bell System, and during this period, for periods of time, the former AT&T was the worlds largest phone company. In 1982, U. S. regulators broke up the AT&T monopoly, requiring AT&T to divest its regional subsidiaries and these new companies were known as Regional Bell Operating Companies, or more informally, Baby Bells. AT&T continued to long distance services, but as a result of this breakup, faced competition from new competitors such as MCI. Southwestern Bell was one of the created by the breakup of AT&T. The architect of divestiture for Southwestern Bell was Robert G. Pope, the company soon started a series of acquisitions. This includes the 1987 acquisition of Metromedia mobile business, and the acquisition of several companies in the early 1990s. In the half of the 1990s, the company acquired several other companies, including some Baby Bells. During this time, the changed its name to SBC Communications. By 1998, the company was in the top 15 of the Fortune 500, in 2005, SBC purchased AT&T for $16 billion.
After this purchase, SBC adopted the better-known AT&T name and brand, the current AT&T claims the original AT&Ts history as its own, though its corporate structure only dates from 1983. It retains SBCs pre-2005 stock price history, in September 2013, AT&T announced it would expand into Latin America through a collaboration with Carlos Slims América Móvil. In December 2013, AT&T announced plans to sell its Connecticut wireline operations to Stamford-based Frontier Communications, in July 2015, AT&T purchased DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $67.1 billion including assumed debt
1998 FIBA World Championship
The tournament was contested by 16 nations and the matches were played in two venues in Athens and Piraeus. The tournament was won by Yugoslavia, in their first participation after the breakup of Yugoslavia and the United States qualified automatically, the first because of its status as host country, and the latter due to earning a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics. The remaining places were secured according to the different continental tournaments held in 1997, the top three teams in each group advance to the second round, into either Group E or F. The fourth place team in each group moves onto the 13th–16th classification, first three teams in each group of the first group phase qualify to the second phase, creating two new groups of six teams. The final standings take in account the results of previous round matches, vasili Karasev Alberto Herreros Dejan Bodiroga — MVP Gregor Fučka Željko Rebrača
2012 Summer Olympics
It took place in London and to a lesser extent across the United Kingdom from 25 July to 12 August 2012. The first event, the stage in womens football began on 25 July at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. 10,768 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees participated, London is the first and only city thus far to host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948. Construction for the Games involved considerable redevelopment, with an emphasis on sustainability, the main focus was a new 200-hectare Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford, East London. The Games made use of venues that already existed before the bid, the Games received widespread acclaim for their organisation, with the volunteers, the British military and public enthusiasm praised particularly highly. During the Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, saudi Arabia and Brunei entered female athletes for the first time, so that every currently eligible country has sent a female competitor to at least one Olympic Games.
Womens boxing was included for the first time, thus the Games became the first at which every sport had female competitors and these were the final Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Jacques Rogge. The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China, several world and Olympic records were set at the games. Furthermore, the focus on sporting legacy and post-games venue sustainability was seen as a blueprint for future Olympics. On 18 May 2004, as a result of a technical evaluation. All five submitted their candidate files by 19 November 2004 and were visited by the IOC inspection team during February, throughout the process, Paris was widely seen as the favourite, particularly as this was its third bid in recent years. London was initially seen as lagging behind Paris by a considerable margin and its position began to improve after the appointment of Lord Coe as the new head of London 2012 on 19 May 2004. In late August 2004, reports predicted a tie between London and Paris, on 6 June 2005, the IOC released its evaluation reports for the five candidate cities.
They did not contain any scores or rankings, but the report for Paris was considered the most positive, London was close behind, having closed most of the gap observed by the initial evaluation in 2004. New York and Madrid received positive evaluations. On 1 July 2005, when asked who would win, Jacques Rogge said, but my gut feeling tells me that it will be very close. Perhaps it will come down to a difference of say ten votes, on 6 July 2005, the final selection was announced at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. Moscow was the first city to be eliminated, followed by New York, the final two contenders were London and Paris
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The Spurs are one of four former American Basketball Association teams to remain intact in the NBA after the 1976 ABA–NBA merger, the Spurs five NBA championships are the fourth most in history behind only the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Chicago Bulls. The Spurs currently rank first among active franchises for the highest winning percentage in NBA history, in their 40 NBA seasons since 1976–77, the Spurs have won 21 division titles. With their 50th win in the 2016–17 season, the Spurs extended their record for most consecutive 50-win seasons to 18. Thus, since the 1997–98 season, the Spurs have had 20 consecutive seasons with a percentage of.610 or greater during the regular season which is an NBA record. Only the teams current head coach, Gregg Popovich, who had been the general manager before replacing Bob Hill in 1996, has had a longer tenure with the Spurs.
The Spurs are the only team in any of the four major U. S. professional sports leagues. Since 2003, the team has been forced on a road trip for much of February since the AT&T Center hosts the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. This is informally known as the Rodeo Road Trip, the Spurs have consistently posted winning road records during this period, including an NBA-record longest single road trip winning streak. When the Spurs have won the NBA title, the victory parades have been boat trips on the San Antonio River Walk. The San Antonio Spurs started out as the Dallas Chaparrals of the version of the American Basketball Association. Coached by player/coach Cliff Hagan the Dallas Chaparrals were one of 11 teams to take the floor in the season of the upstart ABA. The Chaps second season was a bit of a disappointment, as the finished in 4th place with a mediocre 41–37 record. In the playoffs the Chaparrals quickly fell to the New Orleans Buccaneers, the team suffered from poor attendance and general disinterest in Dallas.
While the Chaparrals had been successful on the court, they were sinking financially by their third season. After missing the playoffs for the first time in their existence in the 1972–73 season, a group of 36 San Antonio businessmen, led by Manager/Angelo Drossos, Chairman of the Board/John Schaefer and President/Red McCombs, worked out a lend-lease deal with the Dallas ownership group
2005 NBA Finals
The 2005 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2004–05 National Basketball Association season. The San Antonio Spurs of the Western Conference faced the Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference for the title, with the Spurs holding home court advantage, the series was played under a best-of-seven format. It marked the Pistons first NBA Finals loss to an other than the Lakers since 1988. The Spurs won the four games to three in the first NBA Finals to go to a Game 7 since 1994. The games were broadcast on ABC, with Al Michaels and Hubie Brown commentating, National radio coverage was provided by ESPN Radio through announcers Jim Durham and Dr. Jack Ramsay. The Spurs were considered capable of playing at a faster pace. However, both teams performed well when scoring over 100 points. Going into the 2005 Finals, the Spurs had won two championships, while Detroit had three, the 2004 Championship was considered a major upset by some sportswriters because of the Lakers big name talent. Others saw the result as legitimate, pointing out that Detroits defense outplayed the Lakers offense.
Further, the balanced Detroit offense proved difficult to deal with when Karl Malones injured knee left the Lakers without a reliable presence to slow down the Pistons Rasheed Wallace. Many thought that a factor to the Lakers loss was the well-publicized tension between superstars Shaquille ONeal and Kobe Bryant. Both the Spurs and the Pistons were ranked number two in their conferences, with the Phoenix Suns ranked number one in the West. Sportswriters all across the country generally considered one of the few too-close-to-call series to occur. Most picked the series to go to six or seven games, the Spurs breezed through the playoffs with relative ease, compared to the Pistons. They defeated the Nuggets 4-1 to open the playoffs, winning four straight after losing the home opener, the SuperSonics were dispatched in six games. Phoenix was expected by many to put up a challenge, but the Spurs won the series easily, the Pistons had a slightly tougher road back to the Finals. The opening round was a fairly easy victory over Philadelphia.
Next, the Pistons faced the Indiana Pacers, one of the NBAs most resilient teams, the Pacers mounted a formidable challenge but after a Game Six loss, Reggie Millers storied 19-year career was over
Boston University Terriers
The Boston University Terriers are the ten mens and fourteen womens varsity athletic teams representing Boston University in NCAA Division I competition. The men compete in basketball, cross country, ice hockey, rowing, swimming and indoor and outdoor track. Women compete in basketball, cross country, ice hockey, field hockey, lightweight rowing, soccer, tennis and outdoor track, there is no varsity baseball or football team. Boston Universitys team nickname is the Terriers, and the mascot is Rhett the Boston Terrier. The school colors are Scarlet and White, the mascot is named Rhett after Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind, because no one loves Scarlet more than Rhett. The majority of BUs teams compete as members of the Patriot League, with the ice hockey competing in Hockey East. Here is a complete list of current varsity sports, On July 1,2013, Boston University left the America East Conference, the Terriers have been the national runners-up five times, and have won five ECAC tournament championships and seven Hockey East tournament championships.
Many of BUs hockey players have gone on to careers in the NHL. Since 1984 the Terriers have played in the Hockey East conference, the series with Boston College is known as the Green Line Rivalry or the Battle of Commonwealth Avenue. BU missed the Frozen Four for 11 consecutive seasons beginning in 1998, the televised tourney is a local institution, played in front of annual sellouts at the TD Garden, and is a fierce battle for bragging rights. As of 2010, the Terriers have won 29 of 58 Beanpots and 12 of the last 16, for most other sports, BU competes in the Patriot League. The mens basketball team earned post-season berths in the NCAA tournament or NIT four straight seasons between 2002 and 2005 and in 2011, the Terriers have a history of national success in mens and womens soccer, field hockey, and womens lacrosse. The mens and womens rowing teams compete in the EARC and EAWRC respectively, in 1991 and 1992 the womens rowing team won back-to-back national championships. In 2013-14, the team competed its final season in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, the program was largely shaped by wrestling legend Carl Adams, who had coached the team for more than three decades.
Boston University terminated their Division I-AA football program on Homecoming Weekend 1997 during a season in the Yankee Conference. The players at the time were allowed to keep their four-year scholarships or transfer without NCAA penalties, in 2005, Boston University opened Agganis Arena for Hockey and Basketball. The facility was designed as an arena, a departure from BUs Walter Brown Arena which had the smallest playing ice in Division I. Agganis Arena seats six to seven thousand, and serves the city of Boston as a venue for popular events that could not fill the 18,624 seat TD Garden
National Basketball League (Australia)
The National Basketball League is the pre-eminent professional mens basketball league in Australia and New Zealand. The league was founded in 1979 and is contested by eight teams, seven from Australia. In August 1979, the season of the NBL commenced, playing in the winter season which it did so until the completion of the 1998 season. The 1998–99 season, which began only months later, was the first to be played during the summer season, the shift, which is currently used by the league, was an attempt to avoid competing directly against Australias various winter season football codes. The NBL experienced its golden age in the 1990s, but its popularity, media attention, Australian NBA player Andrew Bogut suggested the NBL try to adopt a model similar to the Australian Football League whereby there are the same 10 or 15 teams over a 10-year period. At the start of the 2004–05 season, the league struck a new deal with Fox Sports in Australia. Though in 2007, Philips announced they would not continuing their naming rights sponsorship in response to the NBL wishing to increase the sponsorship deal, on 18 September 2007, the NBL announced Hummer as their naming rights sponsor for the 2007–08 season.
A second Melbourne club, the South Dragons, entered the league in the 2006–07 season, in the 2006–07 season, the NBL became the first Australasian sporting league to field a team from Asia with the Singapore Slingers playing. The Gold Coast Blaze joined the competition in the 2007–08 season, a turbulent period during 2008 and 2009 saw the league lose teams from Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore. The 2009–10 season earmarked as the season in which the NBL would begin its revamping, the NBL returned to free-to-air television in Australia for the first time in three years with One broadcasting 2–3 games a week. The 2010–11 season saw the return of the Sydney Kings after the club was purchased for A$20,000 on 31 July 2008, in 2013, the NBL had a de-merger from Basketball Australia. Crowds improved for the 2013–14 NBL season, recording the highest cumulative crowd attendance figures for the past five years, after numerous teams folding and a decreasing public profile property developer Larry Kestelman purchased a 51% share of the league.
Since game attendance, TV viewership, website visitors and app downloads have been consistently on the increase, in April 2016 the Townsville Crocodiles folded as they had become too financially unsustainable to continue. Larry Kestelman has stated on the Aussie Hoopla podcast that no NBL will ever again as long as he is in control of the league. Since the 2009–10 NBL season, each team has played 28 games during the season,14 home and 14 away. The regular season starts in early October and ends in late March, the top four teams at the end of the regular season advances to the Finals. The winner of each of the three matches advances to the Grand Final, the winner of Series 1 plays the winner of Series 2 in the best-of-five Grand Final series, with home advantage being awarded to the highest remaining seed. The winner of series is crowned as NBL champion