Basketball is one of the most well known sports of the world. Basketball is basically a team sports. The game basically consists of two five-player teams. Points in the game of basketball are scored by shooting or throwing the ball through the basket from above. The team that scores highest points at the end of the game is the winner. The basic offensive skills of sport basketball are passing, ball handling, shooting, and rebounding. Defensive skills include guarding opponents, blocking and positioning to defend the basket, using quickness to intercept or steal the ball, and rebounding missed shots.
The first professional basketball leagues evolve during 1920s in the United States of America. Some of the prominent leagues during this period include American Basketball League which was founded in 1925 and the National Basketball League (NBL), which was launched in the year 1935. The owners of major sports arenas, specifically the Madison Square Garden established the Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1946. However, in the year 1949, BAA merged with NBL to become the National Basketball Association, the pre eminent league in the world with twenty nine teams in United States and one in Canada.
In the year 1967, American Basketball Association (ABA) was formed and subsequently joined the NBA in the ABA-NBA merger 1967. Today, National Basketball Association relies on various people to recruit the players that are ultimately selected to play professional basketball. Another famous and second oldest professional sports basketball league in the world is the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). However, PBA is considered to be the best league in Asia. In the recent years, Chinese Basketball Association is tremendously gaining popularity. Outside of the NBA, the top professional basketball leagues of the world are also found in Europe. European professional sports basketball is also distinguished by its long established and well-developed transnational club competitions, most notably the Euroleague, which features top clubs from as many as 18 different domestic leagues. Two other continental club competitions, the Eurocup and EuroChallenge, are also organized annually. Europe also has transnational regional leagues, like Adriatic League and Baltics Basketball League.