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happy birthday, basketball (thanks, canadia!)

Post by q5q » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:30 pm

It was on this day in 1892 that the first official basketball game was played, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Basketball was the brainchild of James Naismith, a Canadian who was teaching at a YMCA training school in Springfield, which prepared young men to go out and be instructors in YMCAs. Naismith was teaching physical education, but the winters were cold in Massachusetts, and his students were frustrated that they couldn't go outside. He wanted something physically challenging but that could be played indoors, in a relatively small space. He tried all kinds of new and old games, but nothing worked. Finally he remembered a game he had played as a kid in Canada, a game called Duck on a Rock. He took a few rules from that and adapted it into a game he called Basket Ball. He nailed peach baskets to the balcony on each side of the gym, but the baskets had solid bottoms, so if anyone managed to get the ball in the basket someone else had to climb up and get the ball down. The rules evolved, and basketball caught on fast, helped by the spread of YMCAs. Naismith helped establish the sport at the college level, becoming head coach at the University of Kansas. By the time he died in 1939, basketball was an official Olympic event.

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Re: happy birthday, basketball (thanks, canadia!)

Post by joeyramone » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:40 pm

But, it should of course be noted that a) it wasn't invented in Canada and that b)he of course became an American citizen.

The fascnating thing about Naismith is his pedigree in Coaches - he coached Phog Allen at Kansas, who in turn coached Dean Smith who in turn coached Roy williams - nice progression of coahcing legends. Or , you can do Naismith to allen to Adolph Rupp to Pat Riley.
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Re: happy birthday, basketball (thanks, canadia!)

Post by thoughtpolice » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:45 pm

Finally he remembered a game he had played as a kid in Canada, a game called Duck on a Rock.

Don't think we played that as kids, our favorite game was Seals on an Ice Floe.

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Re: happy birthday, basketball (thanks, canadia!)

Post by Sonora » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:47 pm

thoughtpolice wrote:
Finally he remembered a game he had played as a kid in Canada, a game called Duck on a Rock.

Don't think we played that as kids, our favorite game was Seals on an Ice Floe.


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