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    James Naismith, a teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, is credited with inventing basketball in 1891.

    The first “hoops” were actually just peach baskets and the first backboards were made of wire.

    The game became an official Olympic event at the Summer Games in Berlin, Germany in 1936.

    Two leagues called the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Basketball Association of America (BAA) merged after the 1948-49 season to become today's National Basketball Association (NBA).

    The Boston Celtics have won the most NBA championships (16), including seven straight from 1960 to 1966.

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played 20 seasons in the NBA, holds the record for most points scored in a career with 38,387.

    On March 2, 1962, Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game against New York. That is the most one player has ever scored in one game.

    coach Lenny Wilkens has won more basketball games than any other coach.

    The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a 10-team rival league to the NBA that began play in the 1967-68 season and folded nine years later after the 1975-76 season. Four current NBA teams – Indiana, Denver, New York, and San Antonio – originated in the ABA.

    The NBA instituted the three-pointer before the 1979-80 season, an idea it borrowed from the ABA.
    The Chicago Bulls have won all six NBA Finals in which they've appeared.

    Michael Jordan, who retired in January 1999 but returned to the league in 2001, has scored more points (5,987) in the playoffs than any other player.

    The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, Mass.

    Biggest NBA bust? 1) LaRue Martin-was the number 1 overall draft pick by the blazers in 1972. Only last 4 nba seasons and averaged around 5 points per game

    Jermaine O'neal currently gets 7% of his shots blocked and once led the league with most shots BLOCKED.

    Marion picks off the most passes in the league

    Cassel is the most clutch player at the line....while JO is the worst from the line from the line in pressure situations

    Mello gets called for travelling the most among active players

    Samuel Dalembert is the runaway leader in being called for goldtending

    LBJ had the most 3 point plays last season

    Dwight Howard had the most dunks last season

    Tim Duncan has a tattoo of Merlin the Magician on his back.

    Ray Allen's real name is Walter Ray Allen.

    As a child, Shaq fell from a tree while imitating Spider-Man and fractured both of his wrists.

    Jason Williams started alongside Randy Moss on his high school basketball team.

    Bonzi Wells real first name is Gawen.

    Drew Gooden's mother is Finnish.

    Mike Bibby and Eddie House are brothers-in-law.

    Rasheed Wallace had his championship ring altered so it would fit his middle finger.

    Largest win margin: 148-80, Cleveland Cavs over Miami Heat(12/7/91)

    Highest Dunk:12 feet-Micheal Wilson(Harlem Globetrotters)

    Highest Scoring NBA Game: Detroit beat Denver 186-184(12/13/83)

    Youngest Player in NBA:Jermaine O'Neal of Portland(1996). he was 18 years and 53 days

    Tallest Player: Gheorge Muresan of Washington was 7'7"

    Most points in a quarter: 58 by Buffalo Braves vs Boston(10/20/73)

    Most Points in a half: 107 by Phoenix over Denver(11/11/90) Most points by 1
    player in game:100, Wilt Chamberlin(3/2/62)

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    Thought Manute Bol was the tallest?

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    How tall is he?

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    Very nice read Romsey.

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    Thought Manute Bol was the tallest?
    One sources claim he's 7'7, others - 7'6. Confusing.
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    I think Shawn Bradley, George Muhresan(sp), and Bol were all around 7'7. Bol was just really tall with his ice skates on.

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    That **** is full of lies about Jermaine. Other then the age thing its all ducktales haters made up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matney33 View Post
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    I think Shawn Bradley, George Muhresan(sp), and Bol were all around 7'7. Bol was just really tall with his ice skates on.
    Shawn Bradley was 7'6 or 2,29 cm.
    Manute Bol - 7'7 or 2,31 cm.
    George Muresan also 7'7 or 2,31 cm.
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    Four current NBA teams – Indiana, Denver, New York, and San Antonio – originated in the ABA.
    Pretty sure the New York Knicks were never in the ABA...I think the New Jersey Nets were though....

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    You know one interesting fact?

    Malouk Bol (Grandfather of Manute Bol) was 7'10 or 2,39 cm.


    And one more oftopic:

    Robert Wadlow (tallest in history) was 8'11.1 (near 9 feet ) or 2,72 cm
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    Pretty sure the New York Knicks were never in the ABA...I think the New Jersey Nets were though....
    You're correct, the Knicks were never in the ABA. The Nets were originally the New York Nets. http://www.remembertheaba.com/New-York-Nets.html

    At one time NY had the Nets, the Jets, and the Mets. I think they might have also had a WTT (World Team Tennis) team called the Sets....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Jarvis View Post
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    You're correct, the Knicks were never in the ABA. The Nets were originally the New York Nets. http://www.remembertheaba.com/New-York-Nets.html

    At one time NY had the Nets, the Jets, and the Mets. I think they might have also had a WTT (World Team Tennis) team called the Sets....
    But they were actually the New York Nets? I thought it was always Jersey....who knew?

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    Youngest Player in NBA:Jermaine O'Neal of Portland(1996). he was 18 years and 53 days
    i believe Andrew Bynum is now the holder of that title

    not sure, but i think he was still 17 in his first game

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    the site the stuff off of is pretty old, so I'm sorry if the stats arent up to date.

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    But they were actually the New York Nets? I thought it was always Jersey....who knew?
    What I just learned was that the team originated as the New Jersey Freighters (catchy huh?), became the Americans, then on to NY as the Nets. So I guess they've come full circle.

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    What I just learned was that the team originated as the New Jersey Freighters (catchy huh?), became the Americans, then on to NY as the Nets. So I guess they've come full circle.
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    I don't buy that garbage about JO being the worst from the stripe during charity situations.

    And what about JO leading the league in blocks--or his own shots blocked? That's a little ambiguous, cuz I know he did have the most shotblocks in 2001.

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    No, I think it says he gets his shot blocked the most often. Which is strange, I don't seem to remeber that. 7.7% of his shots blocked, that seems a little much. But maybe its true, whats the source. Maybe thats why he avoids taking it to the rim these days.

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    i believe Andrew Bynum is now the holder of that title

    not sure, but i think he was still 17 in his first game
    I am pretty sure Andrew Bynum was 17y 8m and 2 days when he made his first appearance in the NBA.
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    That **** is full of lies about Jermaine. Other then the age thing its all ducktales haters made up.
    Its a fact, no one made anything up! Do some research.

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    Don't sweat it, he's just playing out his character.

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    Its a fact, no one made anything up! Do some research.
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    I'm surprised that it didn't have the reasoning behind the goal being 10ft. tall.

    Answer: Because Dr. Naismith hung the basket from a suspended track in the Y's gym, and the height was 10ft tall.

    Could you imagine if it was 15??

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    You're correct, the Knicks were never in the ABA. The Nets were originally the New York Nets. http://www.remembertheaba.com/New-York-Nets.html

    At one time NY had the Nets, the Jets, and the Mets. I think they might have also had a WTT (World Team Tennis) team called the Sets....
    I believe you are right on all accounts...the Nets actually played quite a few games in what is now the Teaneck Armory, which, strangely enough, now houses a field for indoor soccer and also is the site for wrestling tournaments, among other things. I know because I live nearby, my grandparents remember, and because I've lost plenty of wrestling matches there.

    BTW...does Wayne Jarvis refer to the character on Arrested Development, or is it your real name? Or something else altogether...?

    Oh, and in response to your hypothetical Since86 - I can't imagine a 15ft basket - for obvious reasons - but it's a pretty sweet tidbit of historical information. I'm kind of surprised it stuck.

    Last thing - all the former ABA teams are pretty good right now, and, in my opinion, save for San Antonio perhaps, on their way up. ABA PRIDE!

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    The Indiana Pacers were the only team to beat Chicago twice during the regular season when Chicago won 72 games.
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