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LeBron red-hot in NBA return to Cleveland

LeBron James was unstoppable in his return to his former home, putting on a first-quarter shooting display that set the tone for the rest of the evening as Miami beat Cleveland 100-96.

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Bryant to miss remainder of NBA season

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of the NBA season because of a nagging left knee injury, the team announced on Wednesday.

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Basketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sports in the world. In some countries, basketball is also a popular spectator sport. Some of the more powerful basketball playing countries include: USA, Argentina, Spain, Greece, Serbia, Lithuania, Germany, Italy, Australia, China, Puerto Rico, Angola, Turkey, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil, France, Croatia, Canada & Slovenia.

Basketball betting is an available sportsbet option provided by all major corporate bookmakers in Australia and Europe. Fixed odds betting in basketball is available on the NBA, US College basketball, the Australian NBL and most major European competitions.

The NBA is the most highly regarded Basketball competition in the world is played in America and is known as the NBA or National Basketball Association League. The NBA is composed of thirty teams: twenty-nine in the United States and one in Canada. The NBA is one of the four major North American professional sports leagues, which include Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL).

The NBA originated in 1946 with 11 teams, and through a sequence of team expansions, reductions, and relocations currently consists of 30 teams. The Boston Celtics have won the most championships with the next most successful franchise is the Los Angeles Lakers, following the Lakers are the Chicago Bulls with six championships, all of them over an 8-year span during the 1990s.

The current league organisation divides thirty teams into two conferences of three divisions with five teams each.

Current National Basketball Association (NBA) teams are:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic – Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors

Central – Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

Southeast – Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards

Western Conference

Northwest – Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz

Pacific – Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings

Southwest – Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs

Some of the greats of this competition of recent times include: Michael Jordan, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rick Barry, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James plus many more. Australian notables have included: Luc Longley, Andrew Bogut & Shane Heal.

The NBL (National Basketball League) is Australasia’s top-level professional basketball competition.

Current teams include: Adelaide 36ers, Wollongong Hawks, Cairns Taipans, Gold Coast Blaze, New Zealand Breakers, Perth Wildcats, Townsville Crocodiles, Melbourne Tigers, Sydney Kings