In early December 1891, Canadian American Dr. James Naismith, a physical education professor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School, invented basketball to keep his class entertained during the winter.
Introduced to Olympics
1936 was the year basketball was introduced to the Olympics and they were all played outdoors on converted tennis courts. The U.S. dominated the competition.
First televised game in Basketball
wikipediaThis was the first ever Basketball game to be televised on tv at Madison square garden between Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh
The NBA is formed
wikipediaOn August 3rd, 1949 The National Basketball Association (NBA) is fromed with 17 teams to start with
NBA teams first introduce African American players
basketballThe league first put 10 players, joining two different teams. This was considered a major milestone, because this was the reason why many african americans play today.
Hall of Fame
basketballThe National Collegiate Basketball League was founded in Springfield, Massachusetts on January 1st.
The reason basketball became an international sport
basketballThe first NBA game ever played was at the New Jersey Trenton Center. The teams that played were the Trenton YMCA and the BrooklynYMCA. TrentonYMCA won 15-1.
Michael Jordan is drafted into the NBA
wikipediaOn June 19th, 1984, Michael Jordan, who is considered the best basketball player to ever play the game, was drafted on this day
The NBA had its first lockout in 1998. A lockout means that the players want more money but the managers refuse to pay it. The season isn't started until the players and managers reach an agreement.