Basketball

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How Basketball Was Created

Basketball originated in 1891 when a future Presbyterian minister named James Naismith (1861-1939) was assigned to teach a physical education class at a Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) training school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith was told to create a new game because the class was disorderly. It was winter and very cold outside so he needed to create a game that was inside. He got the idea of basketball from a game called "duck on a rock" and rugby players tossing a ball into a box in the gym. which gave him the idea to nail up boxes on the wall and have kids throw balls to make it inside. He made some rules to the game which took about an hour and some are still used today. The name "Basket Ball" came from a student, who first learned the game.

How Basketball Impacted The African American Society

African-Americans weren’t aloud to participate in National Basketball Association games until 1950, when Earl Lloyd played for the Washington Capitals. Basketball, was an out for most African Americans, who were involved with the sport. It became the sport that most African Americans played after the 1950's. During this time the world was segregated, and with this sport introduced to the world, I strongly believe that it brought the world together, and especially for the African Americans. The segregation gradually stopped, and the entire world became integrated. Basketball made a big change for African Americans and helped make the world a better place. I think it opened up a window for white people to accept black people.

Michael Jordan

  • Recieved the NBA Rookie of the Year Award
  • Selected for the All-Star game.
  • Led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships.
  • Won most valuable player award 5 times.
  • He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlin to score more than 3,000 points in one season.
  • NBA MVP
  • 10-time All-NBA First Team
  • All-NBA second Team
  • Defensive player of the year
  • Nine-time All-Defensive First Team
  • 14-time All-Star, All-Star MVP
  • One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History
  • Two-time Olympic gold medalist

Timeline Of Important Dates For Basketball


  • 1891 - Basketball was invented
  • 1893 - First women's game played at Smith College
  • 1894 - Free throw line moved back from 15ft, to 20ft
  • 1895 - The point value for each basket changed from three points, to two points, free throw value for each shot changed from two points, to one point
  • 1896 - Wooden backboards were added, instead of boxes or old peach baskets
  • 1898 - Dribbling was invented, and adopted by the game of Basketball
  • 1898 - The first professional league was formed, players got $2.50 for home games, and $1.50 for away games
  • 1900 - Limited to five people on each team playing
  • 1921 - The spelling of the word Basket Ball, became one word
  • 1931 - First African American basketball player to play for Columbia University, George Gregory Jr.
  • 1950 - First African American drafted to the Boston Celtics, Chuck Cooper
  • 1972 - President Richard Nixon signs the Educational Amendment saying that "no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal assistance."
  • 1979 - ESPN began, and was first aired on television, as well as, the 3-Point line added to the court
  • 1984 - Michael Jordan was drafted to the Chicago Bulls, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, changed the way of basketball from then on to now
  • Economic Impact Basketball Made In America

    One of the number one pair of shoes to buy across the whole country is Jordans. Which are made from Michael Jordan and he was one of the best basketball players in basketball history. basketball provides for ratings in sport channels, ticket sales at stadiums, building stadiums, and many more. the NBA itself employees many people. the commercial ad products made are perhaps the biggest income for basketball. it Also basketball is a plus for traveling companies because they need to get their players around as well as the fans.

    Professional Basketball History

    The first competitive basketball league was played between larger east coast cities like Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The first known professional basketball game was played in New Jersey between the Brooklyn YMCA and the Trenton YMCA.