The history of basketball, a brief history and information about one of the world's most popular sports.

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History of Basketball

In a winter in December 1891, James Naismith, a Canadian physician and educator at Springfield College, England was ordered to create an indoor game to provide "athletic distraction" to keep students occupied within 14 days.

So, it all started with 18 men, two peach baskets hanged to a 10-foot-high railing and a soccer ball in a YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) in Massachusetts.

The first basketball game was played in 1891, and in 1892 Naismith published the first booklet containing the basic rules, which are almost unchanged today.

The game quickly spread nationwide and to other parts of the world. The soccer ball was then replaced with the basketball, the metal hoops and hammock style bucket were introduced in 1893 and the backboards in 1895. Today the sport has over 800 million players and fans.

The Ball

The ball itself was introduced in the early 20th century.

Before that time, the players played basketball with a soccer ball, which brought enough trouble because it can't bounce high when they dribble it.

So in 1929, G. L. Pierce patented the basketball that is still used until now. The patent was granted in the 25th June 1929.

The Rules

During the early basketball games, James Naismith realized that he needed sets of rules to ensure the game run smoothly. There are 13 original rules. They are:

1.The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.

2.The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands.

3.A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowances to be made for a man who catches the ball when running if he tries to stop.

4. The ball...