Tag: James Naismith

There’s rarely anything better than a group of friends getting together on the court to enjoy the fun and physical challenge of a great game of basketball. Boys and girls dream early about growing up to be a professional basketball player. They cut their teeth on youth leagues and tirelessly practice jump shots in the family driveway long after the other kids have gone home for the evening. The story of basketball is an amazing one to tell, actually. Dating back to 1891, the game was invented by James Naismith, a Canadian American physical education teacher. He crudely created the… Read more »

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It may not seem like it, but often there are connections, threads that tie people and events together. Take this for instance: James Naismith invented the game basketball in Massachsetts in 1891. Later, at the University of Kansas, he coached Phog Allen Phog Allen ended up coaching Dean Smith Dean Smith coached one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan Just like these links through the sport, people have been led there by fate; including Eddie Einhorn (who is debatably one of the architects of March Madness) and Ray Meyer. Both ended up deeply embedded in basketball… Read more »

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Way, way back in December of 1891, physical education teacher James Naismith introduced his class to two peach baskets he had nailed to the lower rail of the balcony at both ends of the gym, 13 rules for a new game, and using a soccer ball, basketball was born. It’s said Naismith wrote those 13 rules in about an hour – which is pretty unbelievable considering how long it takes the committees to make changes to the rules these days. There have been changes; the original rules did not account for dribbling – can you imagine that? Another difference: his… Read more »

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