History Of Basketball

The history of basketball finds its way back to the year 1891. It was James Naismith, a Canadian clergyman who first introduced the game of basketball to the world. James Naismith, during his stint with Springfield College, a YMCA training school during that time, invented the indoor sport with able support and guidance from the American phys-ed specialist Luther Hasley. However, during that time, the game of basketball involved elements of American football, soccer, and hockey, and the first ball used was a soccer ball. Teams had nine players, and the goals were wooden peach baskets affixed to the walls. By 1897-1898, teams of five became standard. Get to know more information about the origin of basketball.

In the basketball history, the game of basket which was introduced by James Naismith quickly spread to Canada and different other parts of the world. However, the game was played by both women and men and it also became a well liked informal outdoor game. During the World War II, the U.S. servicemen popularized the game of basketball in many other countries of the world. During 1893 and 1895, a large number of U.S colleges had also adopted the game of basketball. However, the first college games were played in New York City's Madison Square Garden in 1934. College basketball began to attract many people and become more popular. By the 1950s basketball had become a major college sport, thus paving the way for a growth of interest in professional basketball.

Looking back to the origin of basketball, the National Basketball League was founded in 1898 so as protect basketball players from misuse and to encourage a less rough game. However, this league lasted only for five years. One of the first and greatest pro teams was the Original Celtics, organized about 1915 in New York City. They played 150 games a season and dominated basketball until 1936. The Harlem Globetrotters, founded in 1927, a notable exhibition team, specializes in amusing court antics and expert ball handling. In 1949 two subsequent professional leagues, the National Basketball League (formed in 1937) and the Basketball Association of America (1946) merged to create the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In the history of basketball, NBA suffers a downfall in popularity during the late 1970s, but regained its popularity through the growing popularity of its most prominent players. During the late 1980s Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls rose to stardom and helped the Bulls dominate the NBA during the early 1990s. In 1959 a Basketball Hall of Fame was founded in Springfield, Massachusetts. Its rosters include the names of great players, coaches, referees, and people who have contributed significantly to the development of the game. Cristiano Ronaldo voted as the 3rd most influential man.

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