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Friday, August 3, 2012
Yearbook, Aug. 3: The NBA is born

By Patrick Dorsey

NBA logo cake
Aug. 3, 1949: Grab a piece of cake and get ready to sing. On this day 63 years ago, the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged, forming the National Basketball Association.

That move included the Boston Celtics, Minneapolis (now Los Angeles) Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors, Rochester Royals (now Sacramento Kings), Syracuse Nationals (now Philadelphia 76ers) and Tri-Cities Blackhawks (now Atlanta Hawks).

So yeah, this calls for a celebration.