Basketball History

Basketball's father, Dr. James Naismith, was formed in 1892 and the first game was played on April 8, 1893 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, between the New Brighton YMCA and the Geneva College.

The game was very popular and in 1914 it could boast up to 360 college basketball teams. In 1939, the first NCAA Men's College Basketball Championship was held, which was won by the University of Oregon.

The formation of Pro Basketball in 1896 was a result of a dispute between members and officers of the YMCA team, creating a professional team who played for money. In 1898, the NBL (National Basketball League) was formed and produced the first basketball stars – Ed Wachter and Barney Sedran.

The first two professional basketball teams for success were the Buffalo Germans and Celtics, but the favorites of the 1930s included the New York Renaissance and Harlem Globetrotters. At this time, women's basketball was also popular and made such great players as Babe Didrikson and Alline Banks Sprouse. [1959] In 1940, the first college basketball game was shown on TV. This game was played between Pittsburgh and Fordham in Madison Square Garden and the national basketballs were catapulted. Since then, basketball was one of the most watched sports and actually March Madness when nearly 350 American colleges compete for the NCAA basketball crown, the most prestigious event in the United States.

Pro Basketball in the 1940s and 50s, Minneapolis Lakers was a huge favorite of many winning 5 NBA championship titles and started producing Bob Cousy and Bob Pettit. By the end of the 1950s until 1969, Celtics had to win 11 NBAs (eight times in a row). In this era, favorite players included Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlin of Philadelphia Warriors.

Between 1963 and 1975 The Los Angeles California University consisted of 10 national championships, including seven in a row. Some of the great players in UCLA's team are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jamaal Wilkes, Bill Walton, Gail Goodrich, and Marques Johnson. It was founded in 1967 by the American Basketball Association (ABA), and many remember one of Julius Erving's and red white and blue basketball. The ABA only lasted until 1976 when it broke up and many joined the NBA.

In the 1960s, women's basketball introduced the full court format of 5 players and defeated the most rugged, but until 1985 only the Basketball Hall of Fame launched women's coaches and players. Some of the first women are honored by Carol Blazejowski, Ann Meyers, Cheryl Miller; Nancy Lieberman-Cline and Anne Donovan

Beginning in the early 1970's, Larry Bird, Indiana State University and Michigan State University's Magic Johnson, appeared, and in the late 1980s they saw such great players as Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman. But perhaps the most beloved player Michael Jordan, who had six NBA championship titles in the 1990s for Chicago Bulls

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