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The game of basketball has evolved from a simple game started by throwing a ball in to a peach basket to the second most popular sport in the entire world The pinnacle proving ground of the game is the National Basketball Association which is regarded as the premier professional sports league in the world The NBA has evolved to become the epitome of professional sports in the multi-media day in age Players and teams are driven by marketing strategies and corporate funding and are earning millions of dollars each year However professional basketball struggled to gain a foundation in North America in the early 20th century and continued to evolve as the game did concurrently through the years Author Robert W Peterson follows the evolution of the professional game in his book Cages To Jump Shots throughout the many changes in the rules and style in which the game was played The author follows the game from its early beginning in the YMCAs of eastern United States through to the implementation of the shot clock which would drastically change the game forever Peterson provides a detailed account of the early barnstorming teams and the games early stars before the formation of several professional leagues Cages To Jump Shots also provides details of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters traveling team and their influence on the professional game Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book is how the author follows the technological advancement of the game through its history When basketball was created it was a game born out of necessity in the mind of James A Naismith Naismith was an instructor at the YMCA in Springfield Mass and believed that a game was needed for young men to be able to play indoors during the cold seasons Naismith saw the need for the YMCA to develop an activity for young men to participate in that could be played indoors under artificial light
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