The Evolution Of Basketball Find Out how Basketball has changed over the years

The blinking of lights, the screaming wave of people,the exciting atmosphere. This is what happens at every NBA Basketball game. If you have ever been to a Basketball game, then you have heard all the cheering and fun, but Basketball wasn’t always this popular. To become what it’s now it had to evolve and develop. Now it’s extremely popular all around the world.

Basketball Games Attract Mobs Of People

From Boredom To Basketball

Basketball is played by many people nowadays,but it was created over 120 years ago. The person to invent the game was a Canadian man named Dr. James Naismith. He was born in 1861,he was a high school dropout who later in life got his education and got a degree in physical education. Dr. James Naismith created the game during a very savage winter where his students had to be kept indoors. The traditional indoor games bored, his students so he had to create something new. “The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play 'Drop the Handkerchief.” -James Naismith. He never would've dreamed that this little indoor game would later turn out to be a highly successful sport played worldwide.

Dr. James Naismith, The Inventor of Basketball

The Evolution Of Basketball Rules

The rules of Basketball have changed in multiple ways to form the sport we play today. Originally there were no rules on how many players could play on the Basketball court which created chaos on the court. This led to the NBA creating a rule that only allowed 5 players on the court for each team. Initially players were not allowed to be subbed in after the start of the game. This was later changed to allow players to sub in whenever. In the beginning shots that went successfully in counted as one point, however this was later changed to two. With old rules changing, the game became more exciting to watch so it attracted more crowds, which led to the sport becoming more popular

Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals -James Naismith

Changes On The Court

The NBA Basketball court has progressed in numerous ways. In the beginning the game was played was played with peach baskets,but now it is played with open ended nylon nets. These new nets are a big change compared to the old shabby ones. The Backboards of the Basketball court have also changed.In the start of the game,the backboards were made of wire mesh. This did not work a out so it has changed to be what it is now,a clear plastic backboard that looks better and is better for play. Originally there was no midcourt line on the Basketball court. This did not work because Basketball teams were stalling behind half court as early as the third quarter. The midcourt line was placed, on the Basketball court to make the game move faster so that it would be more exciting. The progression of the Basketball court made the sport more exciting to watch and helped the sport to become what it is now.

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The game of Basketball went from being a sport played in a gym class to being a huge sport worldwide. The NBA league is now a billion dollar industry that attracts millions of fans to watch the game. Basketball is not only popular in the U.S. but in many other places around the world. Basketball wouldn’t be what it is now if it did not evolve and change as much as it did. It’s now the second most popular sport In the world.


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