Essay about History And History Of Basketball

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The history of basketball began with its invention in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith as a less injury-prone sport than football.The game of basketball became very popular as the 20th century progressed, originating in America then around the world. After basketball originated in american colleges, the professional game followed. The NBA (National Basketball Association) established in 1949 and grew to a multi-million dollar enterprise in the 20th century and basketball became an important part of Americans lives.The game of basketball, as we know it today was created by Dr. James Naismith in December 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts to condition young athletes during the cold. The children were brought into a gym with peach baskets posted on the wall and a soccer like ball to shoot into the basket. The objective of the game was to shoot the ball into the basket. James Naismith originated 13 new rules of the game. He divided his class of 18 students into two teams of nine and set out to explain the basics of his game. Every time a point was scored the game was paused to let the janitor get a ladder and take the ball out of the basket. After a while James Naismith decided to cut the bottom of the baskets out so the game wouldn’t take as long.

James Naismith devised a set of thirteen rules of basketball:
The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.
The ball may be batted in any direction with one…

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