Every year in June, the National Basketball Association’s post-season concludes with its seven game championship series called the NBA Finals, a final showdown between the winners of the Eastern Conference Finals and the Western Conference Finals. The winning team of the championship, called the NBA World Championships Series until 1986, is awarded the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Today, the NBA Finals are broadcast worldwide in over 200 countries, and over its 64 Finals history has showcased such legendary players as Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan, along with historical team dynasties and rivalries. 해외스포츠중계
Originally called the NBA Finals Trophy, the trophy which had been distributed since the first NBA Finals in 1947 (called the BAA Finals until the 1950 event) was renamed the Walter A. Brown Trophy in 1964, in honor of the then recently deceased original Boston Celtics owner who had played an essential role in merging the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball League (NBL) into the NBA in 1949. The original trophy, an ornate and oversized silver chalice, had been presented to each year’s champion, who would maintain possession only until the following year when the time came to pass it along to the new champion if there was one. In 1947, the first professional basketball Finals were presented within the Basketball Association of America – then a league of eleven professional basketball teams including the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks – intended to take place each year between the champions of its Eastern Division and the Champions of its Western Division. The first took place between its Western Division’s Chicago Stags and its Eastern Division’s Philadelphia Warriors. The inaugural recipients became the Philadelphia Warriors after defeating the Chicago Stags in the 1947 Finals.
After the 1976 season, the original sports trophy was retired to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, and a new trophy was designed for the 1977 Finals, though it kept Walter A. Brown’s name originally. The new trophy design would be re-created each year from then on to be awarded to each NBA Playoffs Champion for permanent possession to display in their home arenas. The first recipients of the newly designed, permanent championship trophy were the Portland Trailblazers after they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1977 NBA Finals.