The Evolution of Basketball

    The Evolution of Basketball

    Basketball was first invented in 1891, by a 30 year old known as Doctor James Naismith. Originally based in Springfield, Massachusetts, basketball was not known to anyone in the world. When it was first played in a local gym, they used baskets for hoops, and used a ladder to get the ball after every made shot. Naismith implemented 13 rules when they first started playing the sport. The idea of the sport was to pass, score, and play defense. These key ideas made the sport enjoyable and fun.

    As time went on, they knew that they needed to add things to the game. So, they made a new hoop that would make everything less time consuming and added more action. This hoop had a pole, a rim, and a net. The invention of the net revolutionized basketball because you wouldn’t have to get a ladder to get the ball after every made shot. This started to get more and more popular, and lots of people were playing the sport on this hoop. Then they invented something knew one knew about, the backboard. This would be used to shoot off of to make your shots easier. The net is still used today for the basketball hoops and it is very efficient for time. You don’t have to take time getting it by jumping or using a ladder, instead, it falls straight down after a made basket. The net makes the games faster paced and more interesting.

    Basketball became a national sport in Berlin in 1936. Basketball was included as a sport in the Olympic games. This sport gained popularity and more of the great players in the history of basketball started to play it. Later, the NBL and BAA formed the NBA. The original basketball teams of the BAA were the Boston Celtics, Chicago Stags, Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, New York Knickerbockers, Philadelphia Warriors, Pittsburgh Ironmen, Providence Steamrollers, St Louis Bombers, Toronto Huskies and Washington Capitals.

    The First BAA game was played on November 1, 1946 in Toronto, Canada. The Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens. The first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers.

    Back then, there were no three pointers so the score in these game were much lower and different from today. The BAA implemented the three point line into the game of basketball in 1967-68 season. Nowadays, even centers are shooting a lot of threes because they are fun to shoot.

    Basketball originally was a mediocre sport, invented by a 30 year old, Doctor James Naismith, into a national level sport, one of the best and most popular sports in the world, and has produced some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. These athletes can jump very high and are very good at the sport. They are much different from other athletes because they play on a court and everyone else plays on other surfaces.  Can you believe this sport went from being a game with just a few people playing with a couple of baskets to a national sport?