How Basketball Has Changed The World

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The History of Basketball Have you ever wondered how basketball was created? Have you ever questioned how basketball has evolved into becoming one of the most popular sports in the world? Basketball evolved from a simple sport played in one gym to now being more complex and played in gyms all over the world. It was Dr. James Naismith who first created the basics of basketball. When he first made the game, no one could have imagined the games success and spread throughout the entire world. According to Wonderopolis.org, Dr. James Naismith was born on November 6, 1861 in Canada. It was 1891 while Naismith was working as a physical education instructor at the local YMCA training school in Springfield, Massachusetts, when basketball was created. Naismith was being influenced by his boss to create a new indoor game that was able to provide an “athletic distraction”. The reason it needed to be played indoors was because they needed a game played during the winter that still required a lot of effort from the players. Naismith had been given a two week time period to come up with a new game to play. Wonderopolis.org says “He decided to invent a game of skill, finesse, and accuracy, rather than one that relied on pure strength.” Naismith said he was inspired by the child game “duck on a rock”. This game involves players throwing a rock at a duck perched on a rock. The first game of basketball was played on December 21, 1891. This game was played with a soccer ball,…
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