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BasketballBasketball is one of the most popular sports watched and played. It was first played in the winter of 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was not played with a basketball but with a soccer ball and peach baskets instead of a rim. Each time someone made a basket someone had to climb up a ladder and get the ball. Also, there were nine players on a team.

Now Basketball is played indoors with two five player teams. The objective of the game is to put the ball through a rim. The two rims are at each end of the court and ten feet above the ground. The pro size courts are 94 feet long and 50 feet wide. Every basket made is worth two points. Although a shot made from 23 feet and nine inches back is worth three points. The rims have white nets on the bottom to slow the ball down while going through.

The ball 29.5 to 30 Inches in circumference and weighs 20 to 22 ounces.

The basketball player is dressed in shorts and a jersey. The uniform is designed to look sharp and creative. On the back of the jersey is a number and sometimes the player's last name. The number is so the score table can recognize the player when a shot is made or a foul is committed. A total of five fouls are allowed before the player is out of the game.

A team consist of two guards, two forwards and one center. The point guard must be able to handle to ball and shoot. The other guard must be a good all around player. He must be a good shooter and ball handler and an excellent scorer. The power forwards must be able to shoot from close and do post...