Origin of Basketball

One of the most unknown answers is one that people want to know. How was basketball invented? It is all thanks to James Naismith. He created the game basketball with no more than a thought, a soccer ball, and a peach basket. If you ever play it, you would know that basketball is definitely a great, fun, make-you-fit sport. It can be played by anyone, young or old, and it can be great fun for the whole family. While reading this piece you will find out about different parts of the game, including How the game was thought of, Interesting facts about it, Working its way up with popularity, and the Origin of the NBA.

How it was thought of


Basketball was created in 1891 by a physical education teacher named James Naismith. He was told that as a phys ed teacher, he had to think of a new game that students could play during the cold, harsh winters of Springfield, Massachusetts. He then thought of a game that he played when he was a kid that was called “Duck on a Rock.” which is a game that people have been playing since medieval times. In the game, you had to try to knock a “duck” (big rock) off of a big boulder by throwing smaller rocks at it. The object of the game he thought of is to throw a soccer ball into peach baskets. He chose a soccer ball because he thought it was safe to be thrown. Mr. Naismith thought to put it high because he observed that most injuries and accidents seemed to happen when games are around the goal zone with both defense and the offense becoming very aggressive and end up pushing and shoving each other.


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Interesting Facts: The First Games

The original peach baskets did not have their bottoms knocked out, so whenever there was a basket scored, the game would temporarily stop because someone would have to climb a ladder to grab the ball out. Oddly, there were only 13 rules made by Dr. Naismith. There were 9 people on the court for each team, with a total of 18 people on the court at once! And amazingly, it is the only sport with widespread popularity made in America. The first ever game was not a particularly fun one though, it ended in a boring final score of 1-0, the lone point scored by William R. Chase. The first game was described as this by Mr. Naismith, “When Mr. Stubbins brought up the peach baskets to the gym I secured them on the inside of the railing of the gallery. This was about 10 feet from the floor, one at each end of the gymnasium. I then put the 13 rules on the bulletin board just behind the instructor’s platform, secured a soccer ball and awaited the arrival of the class… The class did not show much enthusiasm but followed my lead… I then explained what they had to do to make goals, tossed the ball up between the two center men & tried to keep them somewhat near the rules. Most of the fouls were called for running with the ball, though tackling the man with the ball was not uncommon… It was the start of the first basketball game and the finish of trouble with that class.”

Working its Way Up

Finally they cut a small hole in the basket so possibly the ball can fall through. Weirdly, they didn’t think to cut it all the way open, and the ball didn’t fit through the hole so when a basket was scored, someone would reach up with a long wooden dowel and poke the ball out of the basket. Also and for some reason, they added the backboard much later in 1896 so spectators would be unhurt. Something weird about their style of basketball is that there was no dribbling allowed, the person with the ball caught it, then stopped, while the other teammates ran around to get open for a pass. Americans were filled with joy in 1936 because they were participating in the Olympic games at Berlin, Germany. Also playing in college gave basketball much more popularity. In 1938, they eliminated the jump ball at center court after each basket to make higher scores. Whenever people tried to make a pro league, it wasn’t ever successful until the BAA (Basketball Association of America) was formed. When a league called the NBL lost its best 4 teams to the BAA, the NBL went out of business and the NBA was formed. The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) began play in 1997 and brought a record 2,362,430 fans during the 2002 season. For starting this great game, James Naismith was honored in 1968 when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was opened in Springfield College.
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Origin of the NBA

The first attempt to create a league was in the 1920s. This league fell apart in the 1930s, during The Great Depression. In 1949, the BAA merged with its rival league, the National Basketball League (NBL). The league that became the NBA was founded on June 6, 1946 in New York City. The league’s original name was the Basketball Association of America (BAA). There were only 11 teams in the BAA. The name was changed to the National Basketball Association (NBA). There were 17 teams in the original NBA, playing in three divisions. The NBA is one of four major national sports leagues in North America. The others are Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL), and the National Football League (NFL). The NBA logo is a silhouette of former Los Angeles Lakers player Jerry West. Eight of the original 17 NBA teams remain in the league today: Boston Celtics, New York Knickerbockers (Knicks), Philadelphia Warriors (now playing in Golden State), Ft. Wayne Pistons (now playing in Detroit), Minneapolis Lakers (now in Los Angeles), Rochester Royals (now in Sacramento and called the Kings), Tri-City Blackhawks (now in Atlanta and called the Hawks), and the Syracuse Nationals (now in Philadelphia and called the 76ers). Only two of these, the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, are still located in their original cities and still have the same names.

So if you never knew that it started by the thought of chucking rocks at rocks and that the NBA was a fail at the start, now you know and now even you can start playing. Just go take a walk to your local Wal-Mart and buy yourself a ball and you will fall in love. Now you know everything you need to know about the thought that Dr. Naismith had, facts about the game, getting more popular, and the NBA.