For decades basketball has changed the lives of millions. For centuries people had enjoyed playing many sports and athletics until one day, Dr. James Naismith decided to put peach baskets on posts and pass and shoot a soccer ball in the baskets. A new sport was added to the list of sports already in play. Nowadays, people are spending multiple hours per day to practice and perfect their basketball skills. Once the basketball season starts millions watch hours of basketball games a day. The game has become a nationally recognized sport and it is also in the ranks among the most popular sports. People over a century after its creation are still enjoying a game that was originally played with peach baskets and a soccer ball. The game of basketball was originally started with only 13 rules. The game has been expanded to a multitude of changes throughout the years and therefore has acquired close to one hundred more rules. In the 1970s through the 1990s it was always thought that bigger was better when it came to players. According to Merlino, almost every winning team back then was built around a dominant “Big Man” and that was how they would win. In the present, “Big Men” are not the position of choice for many and teams are now being built around point guards, shooters, and more all-around players. Even one of the league’s most prominent “Big Men” Dwight Howard stated, “It’s not a fun position. It’s a very tough position. It’s one
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