History of Basketball -Basketball was invented by James Naismith, 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. -The first official game was played in the YMCA gymnasium on January 20, 1082. -The first game was played with 9 players and the final score was 1-0
The National BasketballAssociation -The NBA is the most popular basketball league around the world -It was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946. -The first game played was the Toronto Huskies vs. The New York Knickerbockers -There were 17 teams when the league first started, but today there is 30 teams.
International Basketball -Basketball has now become popular around the world -Tournaments such as The Olympics and the FIBA World Championship have become very important to countries. -Basketball is no longer an American sport.
Power Houses Team USA is no longer the best team in the world. 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. Recently, countries have picked up their level of play and are now competing with the USA. Countries such as Spain, Argentina, and Greece are now playing at the same level as the Americans
World ChampionsYear Event Gold Silver Bronze2008 Olympics USA Spain Argentina2006 FIBA Spain Greece USA2004 Olympics Argentina Italy USA2002 FIBA Yugoslavia Argentina Germany2000 Olympics USA France Lithuania
International Players in theNBA -Today, there are more and more international players in the NBA. -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. -Now the international style of play has influenced the style of the NBA.