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Basketball is one of the trending sports all over the world. Want
to look cool, take the ball and shoot it through a hoop. Well,
Basketball is one of the trending sports all over the world. Want to look cool, take the ball and shoot it through a hoop. Well, basketball is not only about looking cool. It helps you to stay fit in a long run. Its a game which requires great stamina and endurance. You may have played basketball in schools and colleges. But there are some facts, history of how basketball came into existence and how it became one of the most popular sport across the globe.
Dr. James Naismith, a teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, is credited with inventing basketball in 1891. It started with a peach basket and a ball. This game became an official event at the Summer Games in Berlin, Germany in 1936.
Two leagues called the National Basketball League (NBL) and Basketball Association of America (BAA) known in the past, merged after 1949 and became National Basketball Association (NBA). Today NBA is known as the highest level of professional basketball in the world and NBA players are the one the highest paid athletes. In NBA teams Boston Celtics known to have won most number of NBA championship which is 17 including seven straight from 1960 to 1966. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played 20 seasons in NBA, holds the record for the most points scored in a career with 38,387. Wilt Chamberlain from Philadelphia scored most points, i.e. 100 points in a single game against New York on March 2, 1962. It is known as the highest points scored by any player in a single game. Michael Jordon has scored more points in the playoffs than any other player which is 5,987. Currently Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens has won more basketball games than any other coach. The Chicago bulls have won all six NBA Finals in which theyve appeared. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of fame is located in Springfield, Mass.
Today 300 million people across the world enjoy playing basketball. Basketball requires minimum equipment and participants. All you need is pair of shoes, a hoop and a will to compete. Apart from this, it has an ease of playing and it has exciting finishes. The game can literally change in any minute. There are several reasons to love this sport. Just take up the ball and enjoy the game.