The Evolution of Basketball

  • Basketball was created

    Basketball was created
    Basketball was created by James Naismith, because he needed a sport to play in the winter. It was too cold outside to play baseball or football, so he made basketball. On December 21, 1891, Naismith published rules for a new game using five basic ideas and thirteen rules. That day, he asked his class to play a match in the Armory Street court: 9 versus 9, using a soccer ball and two peach baskets.
  • Women basketball was created

    Women basketball was created
    in 1893, Mount Holyoke and Sophie Newcomb College, coached by Clara Gregory Baer (the inventor of Newcomb ball) women began playing basketball. By 1895, the game had spread to colleges across the country, including Wellesley, Vassar and Bryn Mawr. The first intercollegiate women's game was on 4 April 1896.
  • The first college basketball game

    The first college basketball game
    The first ever college basketball game with five players on each side was played on this day, January 18, 1896, when the University of Iowa invited student athletes from the new University of Chicago for an experimental game.
  • Basketball is introduced to the olympics

    Basketball is introduced to the olympics
    Basketball at the Summer Olympics has been a sport for men consistently since 1936. Prior to its inclusion as a medal sport, basketball was held as a demonstration event in 1904.
  • NBA is founded

    NBA is founded
    The NBA was founded on June 6, 1946, in New York, NY
  • First NBA game

    First NBA game
    For the first NBA game, the New York Knickerbockers played the Toronto Huskies in front of 7,090 people at Maple Leaf Gardens.
  • The first NBA championship

    The first NBA championship
    The first NBA championship was on April 16, in 1947.
    The Philadelphia Warriors captured the first title in league history during the league's inaugural season in 1947, defeating the Chicago Stags, 4-1, in the championship series.
  • First African american NBA players (Earl Lloyd)

    First African american NBA players (Earl Lloyd)
    The first African american basketball players entered the league on On October 31, in 1950. Charles Henry Cooper was an American professional basketball player. He and two others, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton and Earl Lloyd, became the first African-American players in the NBA in 1950.
  • The first NBA all-star game

    The first NBA all-star game
    The 1951 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game played on March 2, 1951, at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, home of the Boston Celtics. The game was the first edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 1950–51 NBA season. The game, which featured stars like Bob Cousy, Ed Macauley and George Mikan, was won by the East All-Stars as they defeated the West All-Stars 111-94.
  • 100 point game (highest scoring game for a player in NBA history

    100 point game (highest scoring game for a player in NBA history
    The game was on March 2, in 1962. Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169–147 win over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, at Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
  • Women basketball is introduced to the Olympics.

    Women basketball is introduced to the Olympics.
    Women's basketball made its debut in the Summer Olympics in 1976.
  • First NBA dunk contest

    First NBA dunk contest
    The first NBA dunk contest was on January 27, in 1976. The contest was by the American Basketball Association (ABA). January 27, 1976 - Representing the New York Nets, high-flying forward Julius Erving took home the 1976 ABA Slam Dunk championship on the heels of a showstopping takeoff and finish from the free throw line.
  • The WNBA is founded

    The WNBA is founded
    The WNBA was founded on April 24, 1996, in the United States
  • The first WNBA game

    The first WNBA game
    the WNBA began its first season on June 21, 1997 to little fanfare. The first WNBA game, was the New York Liberty facing the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles.
  • First WNBA championship

    First WNBA championship
    The first WNBA championship was on August 30, in 1997. The WNBA's true star in 1997 was WNBA MVP Cynthia Cooper, teammate on the Houston Comets. The Comets defeated Lobo's New York Liberty in the first WNBA Championship game.
  • The first WNBA all-star game

    The first WNBA all-star game
    The first WNBA all star game was on July 14, in 1999. The first WNBA All-Star Game was played in 1999 before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York. After Whitney Houston sung the national anthem, the West went on to beat the East 79-61. Lisa Leslie was named the first-ever All-Star Game MVP after scoring 13 points for the West.
  • First NBA 2k

    First NBA 2k
    The first NBA 2k was released on November 10, in 1999. NBA 2K series was first released in 1999 It was published by Sega through 2004. It was assumed by 2K Sports in 2005 which then became the publishers from this time through the present. NBA 2K series is a collection of video games which are released every year.
  • First WNBA 2k

    First WNBA 2k
    NBA 2k20 was released on September 6, in 2019. Now, in a much more comprehensive move, the makers of NBA 2K have added WNBA games and players for the first time to its platform. In NBA 2K20, gamers can pick their favorite WNBA team and play an entire season, just like in the NBA version