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Over the years since basketball was invented its popularity has gotten very big The game is played all over the world and has made a lot of people rich through its many professional leagues The National Basketball Association is by far the most popular league in the world but a lot of people like to watch college high school and recreational basketball as much The game of basketball is one of the most popular and exciting games to watch or play on any skill level In December of 1891 Dr James Naismith was a teacher at the Young Mens Christian Association Training School in Springfield Massachusetts It was winter and one of his superiors Dr Luther Gulick asked of Dr Naismith to come up with a game that could be played during the winter months History Dr Naismith had played rugby and he didnt like the roughness of that game He wanted a team game which would get rid of most physical contact Basketball The game contained elements from American football soccer and hockey History Dr Naismith contemplated the way the game should be played and what should be used for a goal His original idea was to have a vertical goal When he consulted some of his students they brought to his attention that people would be able to block an attempt to score by simply raising their hand in front of the ball He then came up with the idea of a horizontal goal in which the players would have to throw the ball in an arc This would mean less force would be needed to get the ball in and it also meant that the opposing players wouldnt be able to block a shot so easily Anderson 5 He then asked a custodian to hang to boxes from the balcony in the gym The custodian came back and said that he only had to peach baskets That would have
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