Also, an abbrevation
for the Continental Basketball Association
, a basketball
league that acted as a minor league
for the NBA
for more than 50 years, before suspending operations on February 8, 2001 and filing for bankruptcy
later that month.
For the last few years, the CBA was owned by former Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas, who bought the league in 1999. At the time of the league's termination, there were 10 teams.
The league was formed in 1946 (then known as the Eastern Basketball Association), and changed its name to the Continental Basketball Association in 1978.
CBA teams were located in small cities such as Gary, Indiana and La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Most of the CBA teams have joined other minor leagues since the league disbanded.