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The world's most popular sport-the history of basketball


On the morning of December 21, 1891. Dr. James Naismith emerged from his office with an idea.He had spent two weeks searching for an indoor athletic activity to occupy his physical education class during the cold winter months.

Naismith tried indoor adaptations of soccer, lacrosse and football but each only led to people getting injured.He was disappointed when he couldn’t find an indoor sport , so Naismith decided to invent it.

The first official basketball game was played on January 20, 1892. The contest featured two teams of nine players and ended in a score of 1-0. It was far from the current version of basketball played worldwide today.For example, basketball was originally played with a soccer ball and peach baskets. So someone had to climb on a ladder each time to get the ball out. Later to make it easier a hole was drilled into the bottom of the basket.Naismith’s original game had only thirteen rules with no dribble, the three point line and a greater tolerance of physical contact. Still modern basketball is firmly rooted in many of the original rules.