Basketball is The Most Popular Sport

Basketball is popular sport to say the least. Dr. James Naismith, also known as the creator of basketball, was born in 1861 Ontario, Canada. The idea of basketball came from Naismith’s school days, where he played a simple child’s game known as duck-on-a-rock outside his one-room schoolhouse. In early December 1891, Luther Gulick, told physical education teacher James Naismith to invent a new game to entertain the school’s athletes during the winter season. Naismith took a soccer ball and his class of 18 young men, chose two captains and the players were separated into two nine-player teams, and introduced them to the game of basketball. Little did those guys know at the time, that the sport they were playing would be one of the most popular sports on the planet.

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                Basketball is popular sport to say the least.  Dr. James Naismith, also known as the creator of basketball, was born in 1861 Ontario, Canada. The idea of basketball came from Naismith’s school days, where he played a simple child’s game known as duck-on-a-rock outside his one-room schoolhouse. In early December 1891, Luther Gulick, told physical education teacher James Naismith to invent a new game to entertain the school’s athletes during the winter season. Naismith took a soccer ball and his class of 18 young men, chose two captains and the players were separated into two nine-player teams, and introduced them to the game of basketball. Little did those guys know at the time, that the sport they were playing would be one of the most popular sports on the planet. Naismith setup thirteen rules for his two teams and asked the school janitor to find two boxes to be fastened to the balcony railing at opposite sides of the gymnasium, where they would serve as goals. The school janitor was only able to fing two half-bushel peach baskets, and the eighteen players were set to play the game with those two baskets.

            The soccer ball and the peach basket were soon replaced with more improved equipment. In the early days the peach baskets were closed not letting the ball drop all the way through, meaning that every time someone scored they had to climb on a ladder to get the ball. The metal rim later on replaced the peach basketball. At the bottom of the rim, they but a net hung below the rim, and in 1906 people began cutting holes in the bottom of the  netting to let the ball fall on down. Eventually they replaced the soccer ball with a different type of ball. In 1942, a ball was stitched up with some leather and had a rubber inside and was given a better and more predictable bounce. A cloth lining was added to the leather to hold the air inside the ball. This ball was later on called a basketball. The new and transformed ball was put into production, and factories began to make basketballs a certain size and shape. The new basketball offered better results and stability, making playing the game more consistent. After the invention of this new basketball, players started to enhance their skill level by using this basketball every time they played the game. One of Naismith’s 13 rules was the ball could be passed in any direction with one or both hands. Players were not allowed to dribble the ball because players could not move with the ball. They changed the rules in 1910 allowing player to dribble the ball. After long time of pointless debating in 1916, they finally decided to allow players to be allowed to shoot after dribbling. Wooden backboards were also added in 1896 only to prevent fans in the balcony from interfering with the ball. The backboard finally made it easier for some to score, and brought the whole idea of rebounding to the game.

All around the world basketball is being played by all sorts of people from all sorts of ages. In 1904, basketball was put into the Olympics. It was never a medal caliber event until 1936. The sport during the time was most popular in the United States so therefore the United States was able to dominate. The United States hold the most gold medals in basketball. The Federation of International Basketball Amateurs, also known as FIBA, estimates that over four hundred million people play basketball around the world in some type of level. This means that approximately one out of every 16 people in the world is playing the game at a certain level with competitiveness. The highest level of play is the National Basketball Association in the United States called the NBA. In this league, players are paid the highest amount to play basketball in front spectators all throughout the United States and parts of Canada. NBA professionals make millions of dollars every year to just play a sport. There is no other organization that pays players more than the NBA. Players are drafted from all around the world to come to America and play basketball. The first pro league was put into place in 1898. Over the next several decades many teams were created, but lots of them failed to make any money. Depending on who had the money, players went to play for other teams in leagues, who had more money.

The United States, without a doubt, has the most popularity for basketball. In the United States, Indiana is the most popular for basketball. Indiana is called the “Hoosier state.” Some of the best basketball can be seen and watched first hand in high school gyms throughout the state. That is truly an opinion statement, but many people find it to be true after watching it. Seeing high school kids from ages fourteen to eighteen play Friday nights in front of their home crowd is fun to watch. A movie was even made about how important basketball is to the people of Indiana. The movie was called Hoosiers. Based on true story about how an underdog small town basketball team used more than just their talent to achieve a state championship. The team was driven by the support of their hometown. They proved that talent does not always hold the advantage to basketball that rather passion for game can be difference maker as well as many things in life. A player with the most talent is not always the one who comes out on top. This has been proved time and time again throughout many basketball leagues.

Basketball is important to many people. Basketball is a job for most people. For example, coaches, trainers, referees, and analyzers all have jobs because of Dr. Naismith. Dr. Naismith did not know at the time that he was creating jobs, while at the same time, he was creating one of the most popular sports. Without the sport of basketball, would America be as popular in sports as it is today? It is an interesting to think about how basketball has an effect on history. People say basketball is a game of action and reaction. One can tell that on floor that statement is true, but off the floor basketball has dramatic impact as a sport as well. With an example like Dr. Naismith, it is easy to see that anyone can have affect on history. It does not always have to be a big impact like creating a new sport like basketball, but it can happen. Anyone can change the course of history.

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  1. Posted May 11, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Nice write, thanks for sharing :)

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