Basketball History

  • An Inventor Is Born

    An Inventor Is Born
    History of Basketball Dr. James Naismith, Inventor of Basketball Dr. James Naismith, known world-wide as the Inventor of Basketball, was born in Ramsay township, near Almonte, Ontario, Canada, on November 6, 1861.
  • A New Sport is Born

    A New Sport is Born
    History of Basketball Dr. James Naismith, Inventor of BasketballNaismith worked at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, in which he tried to find a sport that was suitable for play inside during the cold Massachusetts winter for the students. Naismith wanted to create a game of skill and that could be played indoors in a relatively small space. Thus he invented Basketball. The first game was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets used as goals.
  • Introduction to Women

    Introduction to Women
    History of BasketballSendra Berenson Abbot, Lithuanian-born physical education teacher, instroduced basketball to women at Smith College Northampton, Massachussetts, in 1892.
  • Backboards Were Added.

    Backboards Were Added.
    History of BasketballSince in early basketball there was no backboards, Wooden Backboards were added in 1896 to prevent fans from the balcony from interfering.
  • It Goes Pro!

    It Goes Pro!
    History of BasketballIn 198 the first Professional leauge, The National Basketball Leauge, was formed. The leauge only lasted for 5 years before disbanding.
  • 5 People

    5 People
    History of BasketballBy the 1900s, it was agreed that only 5 members per team was enough on the court. This was to avoid the injurys that were caused by having to many people on the court.
  • A League is Created

    A League is Created
    History of BasketballIn the May of 1901, many school came together and formed the New England Intercollegiate Basketball League. The Development of the League brought organisations and scheduling to competition and created rivalries between schools.
  • Olympics Time!

    Olympics Time!
    History of BasketballIn 1904, Basketball was presented in the Olympics as a demonstration sprot in St. Louis, Missouri. It was 8 Olympics later when Basketball became a medal sport.
  • The Original Celtics

    The Original Celtics
    The History of BasketballThe Original Celtics was one of the biggest team of the early basketball teams. The team was called the New York Celtics and it was started in 1914 but ended during World War I.
  • Shooting For the Dribbler.

    Shooting For the Dribbler.
    History of BasketballIn early basketball, the person dribbling was not allowed to shoot but in 1915, the rules were changed allowing the dribbler to shoot.
  • Basketball in the NCAA

    Basketball in the NCAA
    History- NCAAIn 1939, college basketball became part of the NCAA.
  • Oregon Becomes The First NCAA Basketball Champion!

    Oregon Becomes The First NCAA Basketball Champion!
    NCAA Tournament HistoryOregon defeated Ohio State 46-33 in the first ever NCAA Baskeball final to become the first NCAA Baskeball Champion.
  • It appears on TV!

    It appears on TV!
    Madison Square Garden - When Was The First Basketball Game Televised?The first Basketball game on TV was televised on February 28, 1940, from Madison Square Garden and it was the Fordham v.s the Unicersity of Pittsburgh game.
  • The Modern Molded Basketball

    The Modern Molded Basketball
    History of BasketballIntroduced in about 1942, The molded basketball, a factory-made ball that had a constant size and shape, offered better reaction and durability, making play more consistent and the development of individual skills easier
  • The NBA is Born!

    The NBA is Born!
    History of BasketballTwo subsequent professional basketball leauges, The National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America (1946), merged in 1949 to create the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 24 Seconds

    24 Seconds
    History of BasketballTo avoid having teams having the ball for long periods of time without shooting, the NBA adopted the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
  • The First NBA finals MVP

    The First NBA finals MVP
    NBA Season RecapsBob Pettit form the Hawks, was named the first player to win the finals MVP in the 1955-1956 season.
  • Bill Russel is Drafted.

    Bill Russel is Drafted.
    History of the Game of BasketballBoston coach traded 2 players for the draft rights to Bill Russel, a young center from the University of San Fransico. Bull Russel became one of the best players to ever play the game of basketball and holds the record for numerous records.
  • The Hall of Fame is Founded.

    The Hall of Fame is Founded.
    History of BasketballThe Basketball Hall of Fame was founded in Springfield Massachussets, and included people who have contributed significantly to the game, such as Players, Coaches, Refferees, etc.
  • A star is born...

    A star is born...
    Micheal JordanMicheal Jordan, one of the most known basketball player world wide, was born on February 17, 1963; in Brooklyn, New York.
  • 3 Pointers!

    3 Pointers!
    History of BasketballIn 1979, 3 point-shots were added to the game, in which if the player makes a shoot from sertain distance, the team gets 3 points instead of 2.