The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the No. 1 men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely regarded as the best men's professional basketball league on the planet. The league boasts thirty franchised member clubs (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada) and is home to some of the best paid sportsmen in the world.
During the regular season, which kicks off in the last week of October, each team plays 82 games, 41 each home and away. The regular season runs until April, pausing in briefly in February to celebrate the annual NBA All-Star Game, whilst the NBA Playoffs commence in late April, with the best eight teams in each conference going for the Championship.
The playoffs follow a tournament format and each team plays its opponent in a best-of-seven series, with the first team to win four games progressing to the next round. The final playoff round, the NBA FInals, is a best-of-seven series between the victors of both conferences and is hosted annually in June.
The Boston Celtics, LA Lakers and Chicago Bulls are the NBA's three most successful clubs and each has been home to Hall of Famers such as Larry Bird, Magic Jonhnson and the greatest of them all, Michael Jordan.