The History of Basketball

Maya Anderson, Reporter

The game of basketball was invented in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Basketball was created by Dr. James Naismith and made to condition athletes during the winter time. Back then, they used peach baskets and something similar to a soccer ball. There were 13 rules to the game and the objective was to throw the basketball into the fruit baskets that were nailed to the railing of the gym balcony. Every time a point was scored, the janitor had to grab a ladder and take the basketball out of the basket. To make things easier, the bottom of the baskets were taken off. The first public game of basketball was played on March 11, 1892.

In the 20th century, basketball leagues were made such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). My favorite NBA team is the best one ever… the Boston Celtics.


Cite:”History of Basketball.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 25 Sept. 2014. Web. 2 Oct. 2014.