How Basketball Is So Great

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Davis Benefield
English 1101
15 September 2015
Bump bump bump. Sweat drops from my brow 70- 70 on the free throw line for the win. It is up and good. Special moments like this is why basketball is so great. Basketball is a young and expanding sport, with a unique beginning, that is enjoyed by millions everyday.
Basketball was founded by Dr. James Naismith. It all started in a small-town YMCA gym in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Naismith was challenged to create a new game that could be played indoors in the cold Massachusetts winters to provide an athletic distraction to an overall disruptive group of students. Naismith was inspired by a game he had played as a child called “duck on a rock,” in which players lobbed a small rock at a "duck" placed on top of a large rock in an attempt to knock the "duck" off. Using a soccer ball, two peach baskets placed 10 feet up in the air, nine players on each team, and a set of 13 basic rules, Dr. Naismith invented the game of basketball. The first game was played on December 21, 1891. One of the rules that defers from now is that originally the ball could only be moved forward by passing there was no such thing as what is now called “dribbling”. When the game was invented they used baskets as the rims (hence the name basketball). The original rules also had nine players on each team and because there was no such thing as a basketball they used a soccer ball. Dribbling was added in 1892 and most people

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