When we think about basketball today, bright lights, big stadiums, and over payed athletes come to mind. But basketball is much more than that. It is a game full of interesting beginnings and has been around longer than you think. Lets talk about the history behind the game we know and love today.

The Beginning

In December 1891 basketball was invented by Canadian YMCA instructer James Naismith. Naismith thought of and created basketball so his students at the School for Christian Workers had some kind of sport to play indoors during the winter. The first game was played with a soccer ball, using two peach baskets as hoops. At this time teams had nine players, and the game was played using Naismith's thirteen rules. Soon basketball was becoming more popular and rapidly spreading across the nation.

Early basketball hoop and ball

College Basketball

The first college basketball game was played at Hamline University on February 9, 1895. Soon after in 1901, several other colleges began sponsoring games. Some of these colleges included Yale and Columbia University.

Early Women's Basketball

Senda Brenson, a physical education teacher brought basketball to women at Smith College in 1892. Brenson modified Naismiths rules to cater women. On March 28, 1983, Smith organized the first ever women's collegiate basketball game. From then on more and more women became interested in the game of basketball.

In 1997 the Women's National Basketball Association(WNBA) began, and has been running ever since.

National Basketball Association

The Basketball Association of America(BAA) formed in 1946, jump started to what we now know as the NBA. The BAA lasted for only three seasons until the NBA was formed in 1949. In 1967 the American Basketball Association was formed and challenged the NBA for a short while until their merger in 1976. Ever since, the NBA has been the most popular basketball league in the entire world.

Famous NBA Players

Some famous NBA players include, Wilt Chamberlin, Jerry West, Bill Russell, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Micheal Jordon, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James. There are many more to come.

Interesting Facts

  • The Basketball Hall of Fame was founded in 1959, and is located in Sprigfield, Massachusetts
  • Professional basketball players played for their first time in the Olympics in 1992
  • Wheelchair basketball was created by World War II veterens

As we all know basketball has come a long way. It continues to impress us every time we turn on the TV. It's superstars are known around the world and have become millionaires playing a game that started out using peach baskets.Basketball will be around for generations to come to suprise,entertain, and impress us for years to come.What can we say, Americans will always love the game we call basketball.