New York City Proclaims NBHHCM 2K11 to Salute the NBA at 65
America's largest city and the capital to the hoops and hip-hop culture will proclaim this coming June as NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month) 2K11 to honor the NBA's 65th Anniversary of being founded.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City of New York will proclaim this coming June as NBHHCM. This is the second-straight year that New York City has proclaimed NBHHCM. The month of June is dedicated to the history, legacy, and evolution of the hoops and hip-hop culture in America born in 1984 that is known today as The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America.
The NBA was founded in New York City at the Hotel Commodore (now the Grand Hyatt) on June 6, 1946. The league was known then as the BAA (Basketball Association of America). The BAA began as an 11-team league.
June 6, 2011 marks the 65th Anniversary date of the NBA being formed.
The New York Knicks were one of the "Original 11" NBA franchises and played in the very first NBA game on November 1, 1946 vs. the Toronto Huskies. The game was played at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in front of 7,100 spectators. The Knicks won the game 68-66.
The Knicks and the Boston Celtics are the only two NBA franchises from 1946 who have remained in their original team cities.
The NBA at 65 in New York City will be a special day for the Big Apple and the fans of NBA basketball.
The NBHHCM Foundation is also seeking a Presidential Proclamation from President Barack Obama to proclaim June as NBHHCM 2K11 to honor the NBA at 65, the NBA/ABA merger of 35, and the 75th Anniversary-year of basketball becoming an official sport at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. Team USA defeated Canada 19-8 to win the first-ever gold medal in basketball.
The last ABA game was played in New York on May 13, 1976 in Long Island, NY at Naussau Veterans Coliseum when the New York Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets 112-106 to win the 9th and last ABA Championship.
June 17, 2001 will mark the 35th Anniversary (June 6, 1976) date of the NBA/ABA merger announcement to the public.