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A two-team sport with five members on each side competing to shoot a ball into a basket

  • A Basketball goal is scored when a team shoots the ball into the basket.
  • Two points are awarded when the player is near to the basket or closer to it than the three-point line.
  • Three points are awarded when the player shoots the ball into the basket behind the three-point line.
  • Violations of rules during the progress of play are called 'fouls'.
  • A personal foul or a technical foul will give the opponent team a free throw.
  • Dr. James Naismith is credited for creating the game on a rainy day of December 1891.
  • Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA thus became the first basketball court.
  • In early days, the basketball blackboards were actually made of wire and the hoops were originally peach baskets.
  • The first official game was played in the YMCA gymnasium in Albany, New York on January 20, 1892 with nine players. The game ended at 1–0.
  • Some rules of the game are dervied from the childrens game - Duck on a Rock.
  • In the first Inter-college match, the School of Agriculture from the University of Minnesota Defeated the Hamline School of Hamline University.
  • Early basketballs are actually Brown in color and later changed to the lighter Orange color.
  • Until 1929, a basketball game was played using a Soccer ball.
  • The Basketball Association of America (BAA) was formed in 1946.
  • In 1949, the BAA merged with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • The NBA-backed Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) began in 1997.
  • The International Basketball Federation was formed in 1932.
  • Mens Basketball was part of Olympic Games since the Berlin 1936 Summer Olympic Games.
  • Women's basketball was added to the Olympics in 1976 Montreal Olympics.
  • In 1989, FIBA dropped the distinction between amateur and professional players.
  • The only member of both the football and basketball hall of fame is Cal Hubbard.
  • Michael Jordan became popular when he scored 16 points while playing for the Chicago Bulls. He scored more points (5,987) in the playoffs than any other player by the time of his retirement.
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