A Brief History of Basketball

438 WordsJan 29, 20182 Pages
Basketball is a sport played by many individuals throughout the world. The sport was created in December of 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, and has slowly evolved ever since. Originally, the sport was played with a soccer ball and peach baskets, and was of a much slower pace compared to the basketball games of today. By 1906, the peach baskets were replaced with metal hoops and backboards. By the early 19th century, many colleges had adopted basketball as one of their sport. Soon after, high schools began to play basketball due to the little amount of equipment and personnel needed to play the game. Finally, in the late 195os the more basketball-like orange ball was introduced into the sport. The objective of basketball is to shoot a rubber basketball through a hoop with a diameter of 18 inches that stands 10 feet high. Points are awarded to the team depending on where the shot was taken. Shots taken within or on the 3-point line are worth only two points, while shots taken outside the perimeter of the 3-point line are worth 3 points. Wolation of the rules result in fouls in which the opposing team may take free throws worth 1 point from a line that is fifteen feet from the backboard. As previously stated, shots may be taken from many various locations on the court, and various locations have different optimal angle and shooting circumstances. As a former basketball player, I have a personal interest in the importance of the angle at which to shoot a
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