By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 13:18:14 PM.
David Beckham’s arrival in Los Angeles upped the bar for American soccer. From being mere casuals, fans went all-in. Although it will never surpass American Football as the most popular foot driven sport in America, soccer will remain as one of the most popular, even rivaling the so-called Big 4 North American Sports.
One such player who had their career cut short by acting out and drugs was Marvin Barnes. Barnes is one of the saddest yet most interesting stories in NBA history, yet it is one with a glimmer of hope. Barnes had the nickname â€œBad News Marvinâ€ because of his off the court issues.
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.