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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