History of the Game
- Spend some time sharing or quizzing the players about the
history of the game. Here are a few samples but feel free to use your own.
- Who was the first Chinese born player to play basketball in the NBA? (Wang Zhi Zhi).
- Who invented the game of basketball? (Dr. James Naismith).
- Where was he from? (Canada; settled in Springfield, Mass).
- Dr. Naismith was a P.E. teacher who was instructed by his principal he had 14 days to create a game that would keep the schools track & football players from misbehaving & keep them in shape for their upcoming season. So he invented the game of basketball.
- What were the first basket make of? (Wooden peach baskets).
- What was the first ball that basketball was played with? (Soccer ball).
- How many players were originally on the court for each team
when the game first started being played? (9 players).