History of Basketball

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History of Basketball

Basketball has been around for over 100 years, and from the very beginning to now, the sport has come a long way. Basketball is extremely popular around the world, it is a court game played by two teams of five players each. The object is to put a ball through a hoop, or basket, and thus score more points than the opposing team (Naismith). Today there is the NBA as the professional league and colleges all across America has picked up the game of basketball also. Today you turn on the T.V. and see high-flying dunks, fast paced action, and long shots & shorts. Basketball has teams from coast to coast, and they all play each other. The game of basketball is now a huge market, the arenas are enormous and the sport has drawn in millions of fans all across the world. Basketball has made it to one of the biggest stages in the world, the Olympic Games. Though back in the early 1890’s nothing of this could have been predicted for sport invented to stay in shape during the winter (Basketball Timeline).

Basketball first began in December 1891, in Springfield, Massachusetts (Trinity). The man who brought this game to life goes by the name of, James Naismith (Trinity). He took the elements from football, soccer and hockey to make the sport (Naismith). Basketball was first played using a soccer ball and a peach basket, with nine players on each team (Naismith). While today many basketball games reach 100 points easily, the first game was 30 minutes and ended in a score of 1-0 (Trinity). The game spread all over the nation pretty quick and even to Canada. By 1893 colleges begin to pick up the game and the teams were cut to five each, like today (Naismith). In 1934 the first college games were held in New York City's Madison Square Garden, and college basketball began to get more attention (Trinity). By the 1950s basketball had become a major college sport, laying down the blueprint for the future in professional basketball. The National...
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