Basketball Facts

Basketball Facts

Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end. It was invented in 1891 by James Naismith, a teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, who was looking for an indoor recreational activity. See the basketball fact file below for more information.

  • In 1891, James Naismith, a teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, is credited with inventing basketball. He was looking for an indoor recreational activity.
  • The first basketball hoops were actually just peach baskets and the first backboards were made of wire. The backboard was added because the audience who watched the game from the balcony used to interfere in the game by handling the ball. The incorporation of the backboard prevented that from happening.
  • Basketball did not become an Olympic event until the 1936, Summer Games in Berlin, Germany.
  • Two leagues called the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Basketball Association of America (BAA) merged after the 1948-49 season to become today’s National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • The main objective in basketball is to score points by placing the ball in the opponent’s basket. The basket is kept at a height of 10 ft.
  • There are 5 five players each on both the teams. The positions are: Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward, Power forward, and Center.
  • Basketball, played at the international level is divided in 10 min quarters; while in the NBA League, the quarters are of 12 min each.
  • The first basketball game was held on January 20, 1892. The court was half the size of courts used at the NBA League today and only one point was scored in the whole match. In this game, there were nine players in each team.
  • Michael Jordan is considered a legend in the world of basketball. The record score of 5,987 that he has set is still unbroken in the NBA. Michael Jordan led the US team in Olympics which won gold medals in 1984 and 1992.
  • The Boston Celtics franchise has won the most NBA championships (16) in history.