Basketball is probably the most famous sport in the world. It is played in almost every country. Wherever you are around the world, people will always know this sport. Fans of all ages even cheer for their favorite teams from their homes as they get caught up in the intensity of the game. What most people do not know is the origin of this game. How did it become an official sport and where did the whole idea come from?
Basketball was created by Dr. James Naismith and he also managed to write down the details of how the famous game came to life before he passed away. Dr. Naismith was from a family of Scottish immigrants in Canada. He was a physical education teacher in YMCA International Training School.
One day, Dr. Naismith was given the task of creating a game that would keep track and field runners fit in the winter season. The challenge was that the game should be held or played indoors and must not cause injuries to the players. He was given two weeks to think of a good game that students will be allowed to play.
Dr. Naismith came up with a game that is inspired by “Duck on a Rock” which is a game that he used to play as a kid. Another inspiration for the creation of basketball is soccer. Because Dr. Naismith wants the game to also have a goal just like in soccer, he used peach baskets that were hung up on the wall. A soccer ball was first used for the game because it is safe for the players.
Since the inventor noticed how injuries often occur in the goal zone, he decided to put the peach baskets up the wall so no one would be injured while playing the game. The original baskets used for the first basketball game had no holes in the bottom so players were obligated to pause the game when the ball is shot in the basket
Understanding the history of a world-famous sport is very interesting. Unlike other sports, basketball is unique which might be the reason why a lot of people love it. Basketball fans around the world should also know the wonderful history of basketball.