, a Canadian professor from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec-He invented this sport so his athletes had a way to stay active during the winter.
Smith College class of 1902 basketball team (1902 was their year of planned graduation; this photo may not actually have been taken in 1902)Women's basketball is one of the few women's sports that developed in tandem with its men's counterpart. It became popular, spreading from the east coast of the United States to the west coast, in large part via women's colleges. From 1895 until 1960, the term "women's basketball" was also used to refer to netball, which evolved in parallel with modern women's basketball.
Michael Jordan: Born on the 17th of February 1963, he started his career in athletics by playing basketball, baseball and football. When he was in the tenth grade, he was rejected a position in the varsity basketball team for reasons of his height. He did not lose heart. His efforts led him to be the greatest basketball player of all times. His extraordinary leaping abilities won him the title ‘Air Jordan’. He is the winner of five MVP awards, six NBA Finals MVP awards and three steals titles. He was conferred the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1988. ESPN named him the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century. He remains to be one of the most eminent figures in the world of basketball.
Wilt Chamberlain: As a child, he was not fond of playing basketball. He thought of basketball as being a ‘game of sissies’. But when he realized how popular basketball was in Philadelphia, he turned to it. His height of 7 feet and 1 inch gave him an added advantage. He was known for his physical strength and shot blocking abilities. He was involved in changing many rules of basketball like those of widening the lane, free throws and inbounding the ball. He holds many NBA all-time records. In 1978, he found a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame. He is one of the very dominant players the world had ever had. He died in 1999. His death was the loss of a symbol of sport.
Larry Bird: During his childhood, he had to struggle with poverty, but poverty was his constant motivator. He is considered as one of the world-class clutch performers of NBA. He had an exceptional ability to anticipate and react to opponents’ strategies. His first coach nicknamed him ‘Kodak’. He played in the power forward and small forward positions. He rebounded well and was an excellent defender. According to the very famous basketball player, Magic Johnson, there will never ever be another Larry Bird.These were just a few of the famous basketball players. There were many other famous players who were instrumental in popularizing basketball. This game has won prestige and popularity in the world due to the epoch-making players of all times.
Lisa Leslie: Lisa was a notable female figure in the list of famous basketball players. When she began playing basketball in the seventh grade, she was six feet tall. She was the first WNBA player to score 3,000 points. She won the regular season, WNBA Championship and All-Star Game MVP awards. She was the first player to win all three of them in the same season. She was the first one to dunk in a WNBA game.
: He was the only child of his parents and was brought up as a Roman Catholic. Since his childhood, he had begun showing a flair for basketball. During the period of 1969 to 1989, when he was in NBA, he scored 38,387 points. This was the highest score made by any player in the league. He is the winner of six Most Valuable Player Awards. He was best known for his Skyhook shot. After retiring from basketball, he was a successful coach and author.
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m) high hoop (the goal) under organized rules. Basketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sports in the world.
The field is divided into two equal halves separated by the so-called half-field line and a circle from the center of the track, the center circle measuring 3.6 m in diameter. For each team, the field that contains the basket that defends itself is called half defensive field and the field that contains the basket in which it intends to write down half field is called offensive.
Usually the fastest player on the team, organizes the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right player at theright time.
Points are scored by shooting the ball through the basket above; the team with more points at the end of the game wins. The ball can be advanced on the court by bouncing it (dribbling) or passing it between teammates. Disruptive physical contact (foul) is not permitted and there are restrictions on how the ball can be handled (violations).
In life we all are in a basketballl court where we have to learn to persue our goal in life but not only for our selfish reason but for our teammates
History of Basketball<br />Basketball was invented <br />by James Naismith.<br />The first official game was played in the YMCA gymnasium on January 20, 1082.<br />
Women's basketball began in 1892 at Smith College by Senda Berenson<br />Basketball Hall of Fame founded<br />Development of equipment and technique<br />National championships:The most serious effort was the National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament at the University of Chicago from 1917 to 1930. <br />
International Basketball<br />Basketball has now become popular around the world<br />Tournaments such as The Olympics and the FIBA World Championship have become very important to countries.<br />Basketball is no longer an American sport.<br />
Power Houses<br />Team USA is no longer the best team in the world.<br />The Soviet Union was the dominant team in the USA until they broke up. For a while after that, Team USA has been the best in the world by far.<br />Recently, countries have picked up their level of play and are now competing with the USA.<br />Countries such as Spain, Argentina, and Greece are now playing at the same level as the Americans<br />
The National Basketball Association<br />The NBA is the most popular basketball league around the world<br />It was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946.<br />The first game played was the Toronto Huskies vs. The New York Knickerbockers<br />There were 17 teams when the league first started, but today there is 30 teams.<br />
International Players in the NBA<br />Today, there are more and more international players in the NBA. <br />At first, teams were hesitant to bring international players onto their teams because the style of play around the world is different than in the NBA.<br />Now the international style of play has influenced the style of the NBA.<br />
Percentage of International Players in the NBA<br />
DRIBBLING<br />PASSING THE BALL IN BETWEEN TEAMMATES<br />
upcoming INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - 2010<br />1. 11th SA Games scheduled to be held at Dhaka, Bangladesh from 29th January to 10th February, 2010.<br /> 2. 21st FIBA ASIA Champions Cup for Men scheduled to be held at Doha, Qatar from 22 to 30th May, 2010. <br />3. 20th FIBA ASIA U-18 Championship for Women scheduled to be held at Suratthani, Thailand from 23rd to 30th June, 2010.<br />4. 1st FIBA Commonwealth Basketball Championship for Men scheduled to be held at Bangalore, India from 3rd to 8th August, 2010.<br />5. 3rd FIBA ASIA Stankovic Cup scheduled to be held at Beirut, Lebanon from 7th to 15th August, 2010.<br /> 6. 1st FIBA ASIA U-18 Championship for Men scheduled to be held at Sana’a, Yemen from 22nd September to 1st October, 2010. <br />7. 16th Asian Games-(Basketball) scheduled to be held at Guangzhou, China from 12th to 27th November, 2010. <br />
“Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.”<br />