The Origin of Basketball

Tar'Charia, Sports Writer

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During the cold winters in 1891, Dr. James Naismith needed a way to keep his students busy indoors. So he came up with an idea of nailing a peach basket and attempting to throw a soccer ball in the basket. He also based the rules of basketball from a game he use to play as a child is called “Duck on a Rock. Eventually, this clever game evolved into basketball. The in the first basketball game when the ball was shot into the basket the had to be manually removed. Later on, some of the rules changed Such as dribbling is allowed. Backboards were added to make scoring easier. The peach basket was replaced with a net that allowed the ball to go through, speeding up play. Also, a new ball was introduced, that makes it easier to dribble and shoot. The game of basketball grew slowly in popularity in the United States and internationally in the first three decades after World War II.