By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 17:33:07 PM.
The Greatest boxer of all-time is American. Muhammad Ali was the greatest fighter the sport ever saw. He didn’t just float like a bee and sting like a butterfly. Ali was gifted with the gift of gab that made him boxing’s first true superstar. It helped that his chief rival Joe Frazier was also American. In the 80’s three of the four horsemen of the middleweight division were Americans: Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns.
But there was an underbelly to this glorious side as well. In the same time span that saw the NBA add 11 new teams, four teams relocated and three others attempted to relocate.
The NBA began life as the Basketball Association of America in 1946 and played under that monkier for 3 years before, in 1949, merging with the National Basketball League and changing names to the NBA. The BAA started out with 11 teams in 1946 but lost four of them before the start of the next season. Despite the loss of four teams the BAA was having a lot of success against its rival the NBL and was able to entice four of the NBL’s premire franchises to join the BAA in 1948.