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The game of basketball has evolved a great deal throughout the years Basketball was invented on December 21 1891 The inventor of the game was a Canadian clergyman James Naismith Joseph Morse 1973 The game of basketball was fashioned from fragments of other games seeking to eliminate flaws of indoor rugby soccer and lacrosse Naismith also borrowed aspects from the childrens game Duck-on-a-Rock in which children tried to knock off a rock from a boulder by tossing smaller rocks from about 20 feet away Lauren S Bahr 1995 There has been no question that basketball was first played in the United States In fact the first game was played at the International Young Mens Christian Association Training School now called Springfield College Joseph Morse 1973 Naismith invented basketball as an alternative to the calisthenics and marching his students practiced to keep fit in the winters Lauren S Bahr 1995 Basketball was a simple game which consists of a ball and a basket The very first ball that was used was a soccer ball until 1894 when an actual basketball was invented The basketball was slightly smaller about 30 inches in diameter William DHalsey 1975 While the first baskets that were used were two peach baskets that were hung from the balcony of the gymnasium Frank G Menke 1970 By 1906 the peach baskets were replaced by metal baskets with holes in the bottom These holes were placed in the basket so a long pole could be used to poke the basketball out of the basket This was better then in the early days when a ladder was used to climb and fetch the ball out of the basket Finally in 1913 a hoop with a net was invented so the basketball could fall freely to the ground Lauren S Bahr 1995 In my opinion the invention of the hoop and net was a major step in the game of basketball Due to the free falling
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