Slam-Dunk!

𝑺𝒕𝒆𝒑𝒉𝒆𝒏π‘ͺπ’–π’“π’“π’š, π‘³π’†π’ƒπ’“π’π’π‘±π’‚π’Žπ’†π’”, π‘΄π’Šπ’„π’‰π’‚π’†π’π‘±π’π’“π’…π’‚π’,  𝑲𝒐𝒃𝒆 π‘©π’“π’šπ’‚π’π’•!
The star players of this mega-popular game are synonymous with every basketball fan.

π‘»π’π’…π’‚π’š, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑡𝑩𝑨 π’Žπ’‚π’“π’Œπ’” π’Šπ’•π’” 75𝒕𝒉 π’‚π’π’π’Šπ’—π’†π’“π’”π’‚π’“π’šβ€¦
The magnificent ball game isn’t just famous for its players, but also for its past, present, and future growth as a global sport. So how did such a simple game of shooting a leather ball into a 10-foot hoop become so popular?

π‘―π’Šπ’”π’•π’π’“π’š 𝒐𝒇 π‘©π’‚π’”π’Œπ’†π’•π’ƒπ’‚π’π’, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑡𝑩𝑨
Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith invented basketball in December, 1891. He wanted to help people stay active during winter. Naismith drilled two peach baskets, hung them 10 feet above the ground on each side of a court, and used a leather ball to shoot into the baskets. He wrote up 13 rules, and β€˜wallah’ – the game of basketball was born.

The NBA (National Basketball Association) first started off as the BAA (Basketball Association of America). While the BAA was getting more famous, so was another league called the NBL (National Basketball League). The BAA held its games in larger gymnasiums such as The Boston Garden, while the NBL held their games in smaller ones in smaller cities. The two leagues were in competition for both players and fans. In 1949, the two associations merged to form the NBA.

𝑡𝑩𝑨 π‘»π’π’…π’‚π’š
Basketball today is super popular globally. It seems like every kid dreams of becoming an NBA star. Professional players are not only famous but also make tons of money, about $8.3 million per year on average!
But it’s not easy to make the NBA….of all the graduating college ball players each year, only 3 out of 1,000 (0.3%) are drafted into the NBA every year!

π‘ͺ𝒐𝒐𝒍 𝑭𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒔:
πŸ€ The first ever game of basketball was played with a soccer ball
πŸ€ Basketball became an Olympic sport in 1936.

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