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2011 Basketball Playoffs

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James Naismith invented the modern game of Basketball in 1891, while working at the Y.M.C.A. College at Springfield, Massachusetts. Triangle magazine in Springfield, MA first published the rules for basketball in 1892, and 18 students from the Springfield YMCA played the first official basketball game later that year. The University of Chicago played its first college basketball game, defeating the Chicago YMCA Training School 19-11, in 1894.

The first college basketball game was played in 1895, as Minnesota State School of Agriculture defeated the Porkers of Hamline College, 9-3. The first five-player college basketball game was played in 1896 in Iowa City, Iowa. The University of Chicago defeated the University of Iowa by a score of 15-12. Intercollegiate basketball was played for the first time when Wesleyan University defeated Yale 4-3, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Basketball was first introduced to the Olympics in 1936 by the Berlin Organization Committee. The first Men's College Basketball Championship was held in 1939, when the University of Oregon beat Ohio State 46-33. The first televised college basketball games were broadcast in 1940, by New York City station W2XBS from Madison Square Garden. In those games, Pittsburgh defeated Fordham, 57-to-37, and New York University beat Georgetown, 50-to-27.

The Basketball Association of America (BAA) was comprised of 11 teams in two divisions: Boston Celtics, Chicago Stags, Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, New York Knickerbockers, Philadelphia Warriors, Pittsburgh Ironmen, Providence Steamrollers, St Louis Bombers, Toronto and Washington Capitols in 1946.

Baltimore Bullets joined the BAA in 1947, but four other teams dropped out: Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, Pittsburgh Ironmen and Toronto Huskies (8-teams, 2 divisions). In 1948, four teams from the more established National Basketball League (NBL) were added to the BAA: Ft Wayne Pistons, Indianapolis Jets, Minneapolis Lakers and Rochester Royals (12-teams, 2 divisions).

The National Basketball Association was formed in 1949. It was a combination of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League. The six remaining NBL franchises -- Anderson (IN) Packers, Denver Nuggets, Indianapolis Olympians, Sheboygan (WI) Redskins, Syracuse Nationals, Tri-Cities Blackhawks and Waterloo (IA) Hawks -- joined along with the new Indianapolis Olympians, and the BAA becomes the National Basketball Association. The Providence Steamrollers and the Indianapolis Jets dropped out (17-teams, 3 divisions). Six teams dropped out in 1950: Anderson Packers, Chicago Stags, Denver Nuggets, Sheboygan Redskins, St Louis Bombers and Waterloo Hawks (11 teams, 2 divisions). In 1951 the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, who divided home games between Moline and Rock Island (IL) and Davenport (IA), moved to Milwaukee and become the Hawks. The Washington Capitols disbanded before the end of 1950-51 season (10 teams, 2 divisions). The Indianapolis Olympians dropped out in 1953 (9 teams, 2 divisions). The Baltimore Bullets dropped out in 1954 (8 teams, 2 divisions). NBA adopts the 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule.

The Milwaukee Hawks moved to St Louis in 1955, and in 1957 the Ft Wayne Pistons moved to Detroit, while the Rochester Royals moved to Cincinnati. In 1960, the Minneapolis Lakers move to Los Angeles, and in 1961, the Chicago Packers joined the NBA as an expansion team (9 teams, 2 divisions). American Basketball League starts play.

In 1962, the Chicago Packers are renamed the Zephyrs, and the Philadelphia Warriors move to San Francisco. In 1963, the Chicago Zephyrs moved to Baltimore and become the Bullets, and the Syracuse Nationals move to Philadelphia and become the 76ers. Chicago Bulls joined the league as an expansion team in 1966 (10 teams, 2 divisions).

The American Basketball Association was formed in 1967. San Diego Rockets and Seattle SuperSonics joined league as an expansion teams (12 teams, 2 divisions). In 1968, Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns join league as an expansion teams (14 teams, 2 divisions). St Louis Hawks move to Atlanta. 1st ABA basketball championship began.

Buffalo Braves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers join league as an expansion teams in 1970 (17 teams, 4 divisions). In 1971, San Diego Rockets move to Houston and San Francisco Warriors move to Oakland and become Golden State Warriors. The National Basketball Association modified its four-year eligibility rule to allow for college basketball hardship cases.

Cincinnati Royals move to The Midwest, divide home games between Kansas City (MO) and Omaha (NE), and become Kings in 1972. Baltimore Bullets move to Landover (MD) and become Capital Bullets in 1973. In 1974, New Orleans Jazz join league as an expansion team (18 teams, 4 divisions) and Capital Bullets renamed Washington Bullets. KC-Omaha Kings settle in Kansas City in 1975.

In 1976, four teams from the ABA merge with the NBA: Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs (22 teams, 4 divisions). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is named NBA MVP. 9th & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2. NBA & ABA agree to merge.

New York Nets move from Uniondale (NY) to Piscataway (NJ) (later East Rutherford) and become New Jersey Nets in 1977. Buffalo Braves move to San Diego and become Clippers in 1978. First 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-IA, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton.

In 1979, the New Orleans Jazz moved to Salt Lake City and became the Utah Jazz. The Dallas Mavericks joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1980 (23 teams, 4 divisions), and the San Diego Clippers moved to Los Angeles in 1984. The Kansas City Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985. In 1986 NCAA adopted the 3-point college basketball rule and the National Federation of High School adopted the college 3 point shot (21 feet) in 1987. The Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat joined the NBA as an expansion teams in 1988 (25 teams, 4 divisions).In 1989 the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic joined the NBA as expansion teams (27 teams, 4 divisions). Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies join the NBA as an expansion teams in 1995 (29 teams, 4 divisions). Washington Bullets become Washington Wizards in 1997.


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Questions

Understanding:


-What is the main idea of this article?


-How can you describe the 2011 Playoffs?


Interpretation:


-How would you explain the "Playoffs"?


-Why do you think James Naismith invented basketball?


Evaluation:


-What is your opinion of the details in this article?


-What is the most important idea of this article?

Answers

Understanding:


-The main idea of this article is about the Basketball Playoffs in the year 2011. It isn't about just who played in those games, but it tells us a background on how basketball got started. This article tells us that James Naismith invented the game basketball in 1891. It offers us more details about how the basketball teams got there team names and still use those names in this current day. The 2011 Playoffs were great just like any other playoff game every year, there are a lot of upsets it says for some basketball fans, and some great times for other fans. It all depends on who your team is, or who you are going for during that year.


-I would describe the 2011 Playoffs as an amazing time of the year for basketball fans. During the playoff the basketball fans go wild, they watch each and everyone of the series of games, and hope there team makes it to the championship. The Playoffs is an exciting time to see what each basketball team is made of, and see who the best players are.


Interpretation:


-I would explain the playoffs as obviously a basketball sport. It is pretty much were each team goes against each other in there division, and if you get "swept" as we, basketball fans, call it you're out of the playoffs. The teams have "series" which is where a team plays 7 games against another team and whoever gets to 4 wins first moves on. It doesn't say much about the rules in this article, but they do get technically and competitive in the playoffs.


-I think James Naismith invented basketball because well honestly, I don't think he intentionally tried to make it, I believe he was probably just messing around and then during that time thought of this game. James could have actually made the game though, we never know since it was back in the day. He invented in 1891 while he was working in the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. He probably made this game to have a little adventure and fun in his life, and to get each other together to make a team, and use teamwork as one whole.


Evaluation:


-My personal opinion on this article is great. This article shows a very big amount of details about how basketball got invented and how the team names we have today came to life. This article is a great history to learn, it has helped me more now as I watch basketball who has actually invented it and how the Los Angles Lakers actually got there name, and where they are today.


-The most important idea of this article I would have to say it the history part. Yes, most all of it is history, but I am saying more about the inventor and his background and how he, James, got everything started to figure out and invent this great commonly known competitive sport, we call basketball.