The game of basketball was first played in 1891 in Springfield Massachusetts and was invented by James Naismith. He invented the sport of basketball because he wanted a vigorous indoor game that would keep his physical fitness students occupied and at the proper fitness levels for their age group during the long New England winters. Did you know that in 2006, Naismith’s granddaughter discovered his diaries which claimed that he was extremely nervous about the new indoor game that he invented and had called basketball because many people who tried to invent games similar to a Canadian children’s game called Duck on a Rock had failed? Neismith didn’t wish to fail with the new indoor sport that he labeled basketball. Lucky for him and the world’s sports lovers, the sport of basketball became very popular. In fact, there are many past and present famous professional basketball players such as Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Tracy McGrady. In addition to many professional basketball players, many other people like to play basketball in their spare time; in fact in some countries, basketball is also a popular spectator sport. Basketball has become more and more popular as an outdoor sport with both inner city and rural groups of teenage boys. Did you know that the game of basketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sports in the world?
There are many professional and non professional basketball players in the world. Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players at a time try to score points against each other by throwing a ball through a hoop and the team with the most points at the end of the basketball ball game wins. Disruptive physical contact, which are called fouls are not permitted in basketball and there are restrictions on how the ball can be handled. Now that you know how to play basketball a little bit, please play basketball.