Basketball History

All about the history of basketball. Includes questions about the first game ever played, the history of how basketball was created, and about the most points ever scored in one game.

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What are the rules of basketball?

There are a lot of rules for basketball, too many to be mentioned here. Click on the links under the "Related Links" heading below to view detailed information concerning the rules of basketball.

The rules of basketball are plentiful, however the most common rules are not to travel with the ball, ie carry it without dribbling it, and not to be violent against other players.

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March Madness

What is the lowest ranked team to win the ncaa tournament?

That was Villanova, ranked 8th in the Southeast bracket, when they defeated Georgetown, 66-64, to win the NCAA championship in 1985.

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When was the first NBA basketball game?

The first NBA basketball game was played on November 1, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between the New York Knickerbockers and the Toronto Huskies. The score was 96-78, with the Knickerbockers winning.

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How was basketball invented?

The game of basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891.

Naismith was a Canadian physical education instructor at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. In December of 1891, the director of the school, Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick, asked Naismith to find a physical activity to occupy a "class of incorrigibles."

Naismith may have had other motivations as well. Apparently, the class was tired of calisthenics. Naismith wanted to create a game of skill for the students instead of one that relied solely on strength. He needed a game that could be played indoors in a relatively small space. And he wanted to keep his football players in shape off-season.

Luckily Naismith and his wife, who were Christians, subscribed to a Christian Missionary magazine from Central America. In it Naismith saw the feature article about the Aztec ball game called Ollamalitzli and the Mayan game of Ulama. He had also read articles by a New Zealander called Tom Ellison who wrote about ancient Maori ball sports that required a lot of aerial handball skills. He took account of the hole that the round bouncy ball had to go through in the Central American games, and the excitement of the traditional Maori game where a round flax ball was aerially passed with speed and dexterity. With his supportive wife he then devised a game suitable for a gym.

Taking to the task at hand, Naismith rounded up two peach baskets (the janitor didn't have any boxes handy) and a soccer ball. Next, he developed 13 rules for the new game. He divided his class of 18 into 2 teams of 9 players each (the team today would be the equivalent of 3 guards, 3 centers, and 3 forwards) and set about to teach them the basics of his new game of basketball.

The object of the game was to throw the soccer ball into the peach baskets nailed to the lower railing of the gym balcony. Every time a point was scored, the game was halted so the janitor could lug out a ladder and retrieve the ball (the bottoms of the peach baskets were intact at first). Of course, that didn't happen too often -- the score of the very first basketball game ever played was an amazingly low 1-0.

The first public basketball game was in Springfield, MA, on March 11, 1892.

Basketball has grown into a game that more than 300 million people play worldwide. Springfield is now where you will now find the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Ball

Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball. The first balls made specially for basketball were brown, and it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball that is now in common use.

Facts about Dr. James Naismith

James Naismith was born in Almonte, Ontario in 1861.

He was educated at McGill University and Presbyterian College in Montreal. He was the physical education teacher at McGill University (1887 to 1890) and at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts (1890 to 1895). At Springfield College (which was then the YMCA training school), James Naismith, under the direction of American phys-ed specialist Luther Halsey Gulick, invented the indoor sport of basketball.

As an interesting aside, Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was the only coach to ever have a losing record in his sport at the University of Kansas. Three years after inventing the game, he was hired as the chaplain and physical education instructor at KU. While here he also developed the first football helmet. He is buried in Lawrence, in the same cemetery as his succesor the legendary coach Phog Allen, the man who brought Wilt Chamberlin to Kansas.

Naismith died in 1939.

James Naismith was a coach and his athletes had no sports to play during the winter so they started to get out of shape. So he invented the sport of basketball, which could be played indoors.

Women's Basketball

Women's basketball began in 1892, at Smith College, when Senda Berenson, a physical education teacher, modified Naismith's rules for women. The first official basketball game was played in the YMCA gymnasium on January 20, 1892 with nine players, on a court just half the size of a present-day NBA court. "Basket ball", the name suggested by one of Naismith's students, was popular from the beginning.


Not only was basketball invented by a YMCA institution, but the game's first professional team came from a Y. The Trenton (N.J.) YMCA had fielded a basketball team since 1892 and in 1896 its team claimed to be the national champions after beating various other YMCA and college teams. The team then severed its ties with the Y. It played the 1896-97 season out of a local Masonic temple, charging for admission and keeping the proceeds.

Basketball's early adherents were dispatched to YMCAs throughout the United States, and it quickly spread through the country. By 1896, it was well established at several women's colleges. While the YMCA was responsible for initially developing and spreading the game, within a decade, it discouraged the new sport, as rough play and rowdy crowds began to detract from the YMCA's primary mission. However, other amateur sports clubs, colleges, and professional clubs quickly filled the void. In the years before World War I, the Amateur Athletic Union and the Intercollegiate Athletic Association (forerunner of the NCAA) vied for control over the rules for the game.

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Boston Celtics
NBA Playoffs

How many games are left in the nba season?

It depends on which team because some teams have played more than others, but most teams have eight to ten games left until the playoffs.

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NBA Finals
Kobe Bryant

How many times has Kobe Bryant won the NBA Championship?

Kobe Bryant has won the NBA Championship fives times. He won in these years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.

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National Basketball Association (NBA)

How many times have the Lakers missed the playoffs in there franchise history?

In Lakers franchise history, the Lakers have only missed the playoffs a total of 5 times.

The first time was in 1957-1958.

The second time was in 1974-1975, and the third was the following year, 1975-1976.

The fourth time was in 1993-1994.

The fifth and only time (as of today) was in 2004-2005.

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Who are considered the greatest basketball players of all time?

The greatest NBA/ABA players of all time would include Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Pete Maravich, Julius Erving, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell.

Some current players (2000's and forward) include Lebron James, Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson, Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O'Neal, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose.

If considering basketball players in general, college players would include J.J. Redick, Tyler Hansbrough, Lew Alcindor (who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Bill Walton, Tim Duncan, Pete Maravich, and Bill Bradley.

For the female side of basketball, the greatest players of the just over 10+ years of the WNBA would include Lisa Leslie, Tina Thompson, Sue Bird, Katie Smith, Candace Parker, Yolanda Griffith, and Lauren Jackson.

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How many preseason games does an NBA team play?

NBA teams will play either seven or eight preseason games depending on the team and their opponents. The preseason for the 2014-2015 season begins on October 4th and concludes on October 24th. The 2014-2015 preseason will feature three top international teams in exhibition matches against NBA opponents. Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa from Israel will be joined by Flemengo Basketball Club from Brazil to play nine matches against NBA opponents.

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How much is an average NBA team worth?

i would say 350,000,000$ (350 million $). the Los Angeles Lakers cost 607,000,000 $ though

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National Basketball Association (NBA)

How many games does an NBA team play every season?

In an NBA regular season, without the preseason and all-star game, there are exactly 82 games played by each team.

Due to lockouts, the NBA plays 66 games during the 2011-12 seasons

50 games during the 1999 season

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What are the important values of basketball?



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What was the first basketball team?

Kansas Jayhawks. The coaches were Phog Allen and James Naismith. The first basketball teams were:

  • 1891,Dec21 - 18 students play 1st college basketball game (Springfield College, Massachusetts).
  • 1892, Jan20 - The first official basketball game was played by students at the Springfield, MA YMCA Training School.
  • 1894, Jan27 - The University of Chicago played its first college basketball game, defeating the Chicago YMCA Training School 19-11. The University of Chicago was the first basketball team to play a full schedule of games, winding up with a 6-1 record.
  • 1895, Feb09 - The first college basketball game was played as Minnesota State School of Agriculture defeated the Porkers of Hamline College, 9-3.
  • 1896, Jan16 - The first five-player college basketball game was played at Iowa City, Iowa. The University of Chicago defeated the University of Iowa by the score of 15-12.
  • 1896, Dec10 - Intercollegiate basketball was played for the first time as Wesleyan University defeated Yale, 4-3, in New Haven, Connecticut.
Los Angeles Lakers
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Los Angeles

What is the Los Angeles Lakers average age?

Last time I checked, it was 29

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What NBA records does Larry Bird hold?

2 time 3 point champ

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NCAA College Basketball

What is the worst record to ever win a NCAA basketball title?


1988 Kansas was 27-11, winning % of .710

1985 Villanova was 25-10, winning % of .714

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How has the game of basketball changed since it was invented?

Basketball has changed dramatically from when it was first invented by James Naismith in 1891.

Here are some of the ways it has changed:

  • There are many more rules. It originally had 13.
  • The baskets are not peach baskets like they were in the beginning. Now the basket includes a rim, a net, and a backboard.
  • The ball is a basketball, and not a soccer ball.
  • The number of players was changed. Originally there were 9 people on the court, 3 guards, 3 centers, and 3 forwards. Now there are five.
  • Naismith had a janitor get the ball every time a basket was made.
  • These days almost every American school has a girl's basketball team and a boy's basketball team. Many schools have different levels and grades.
  • The three point line was invented.
  • The "three second" rule was added.
  • The shot-blocking rule was added.
  • The players uniforms have changed from really short shorts to like, almost pants.
  • The arc below the basket in the key is added for charges
  • Many stats like technical fouls and flagrant fouls were recorded as official stats
  • And originally you couldn't move with the ball or it would be traveling. Eventually people started dropping the ball to be able to move with it and dribbling was invented
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National Basketball Association (NBA)

What are the odds of a high school basketball player making it into the NBA?

There is a VERY SLIM chance of one making it to the NBA. Lets put it this way; there are 15 players on a basketball team in high school. There are around 10 schools in most school districts. Fifteen players X 10 schools = 150 players. There are only 60 players taken in every NBA draft. There are 150 players just in those schools, and that didn't even cover 1/1000th of the state. Only the best of the best make it into the NBA. There is a greater chance of collegiate scouts noticing high school players and the players making it into college, but into the NBA, very slim.


Okay let's explore. How many high schools are there in the world?

Now the boys.

Now the boys who play basketball for their team.

That's about 10,000,000 at any given time.

Now before going into the foreign markets, let's see how many Division 1 schools there are...312? 312 times 12 is about close to 4,900. Add the foreign markets -- given that many will be in the Division 1 colleges in the U.S., there's probably about say...500 then of high school hopefuls, old men in NDBL leagues and former NBA players attempting tryouts, for a grand total of about 5,400...

5,400 out of 10 FREAKING MILLION!!!

Now in college, keep in mind that you have to get good stats and have people notice you in order to have a shot at making the pros. So out of 5,400, there's 312 times 5 starters, 1560.

Now out of that 1560, many will be seen out east and are on teams that are in the top 25. That's ultra important. So 30 times 5, we've suddenly cut this pool of 1560 NBA wannabes down 90%!!!!! 156!!!!

Jealously must be insane with this group of 156 players. Because from here, the NBA only picks 60 players a year...and only about 40 make a team!!!

Therefore the final score here at Staples Center....

Making the NBA is a 40 in 10,000,000 shot.

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Basketball Equipment

How do you get free basketball shoe catalogs?

Haha, man I'm still trying to figure that out myself.

My best advice is to just search the internet and see what comes.

Hope that helped at least a little bit.

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Who invented the triangle offense?

I'm pretty sure it was Phil Jackson's mentor tex winter

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National Basketball Association (NBA)

What NBA team has the smallest fan base?

While there is no way to know for sure which NBA team has the smallest fan base, one good measure to judge that is to take in account how full the team's arena is when playing at home. Using that method, here are some possible options:

  • Charlotte Bobcats. They are the newest team added to the NBA (back in the 2004-2005 season) and have struggled mightily since their formation. They have often been the laughingstock of the league and have only made the playoffs once in their 9 year history. The team has always been in the bottom of the league in attendance (in regards to how full the arena is).
  • Atlanta Hawks. Despite having a legitimate playoff team for multiple years (starting in the mid-2000s), the Hawks have failed to draw many large crowds or sellouts. Even in the playoffs, where tickets go quickly, the attendance was noticeably sparse. If an exciting playoff team cannot even draw sellouts, that speaks volumes for their fans.
  • Indiana Pacers. The Pacers, despite having one of the league's elite teams over the past few seasons, have struggled to sell out games. As with the Hawks, the crowds were even short in some playoff games. While they are picking up steam this season (ranked around 10th in the league in percent full), this is still shocking for arguably the best team in the NBA. It really tells just how poor a fan base they have.

While the Oklahoma City Thunder would be a logical choice considering their recent move from Seattle, their fans in Oklahoma City have been very abundant and supportive, selling out nearly every home game thus far. They have also been a big draw on the road, with fans from all over the country now sprouting up.

Los Angeles Lakers
Basketball History

Is Jerry West still alive?

yeah hes the lakers General Manger i think or something like that

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Michael Jordan

What is Michael Jordan's career high?

His career high for a regular season game is 69 in a overtime game against Cleveland on 3/28/90. His playoff career high is 63 against the Celtics on 4/20/86, setting the record for most points in a playoff game.


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