History of Basketball Dr.James Naismith is the inventor of basketball. He was born in 1861 in Ramsay township, Canada.The concept of basketball was born from Naismith's school days in the area where he played a simple child's game known as duck-on-a-rock outside his one-room schoolhouse. The game involved attempting to knock a "duck" off the top of a large rock by tossing another rock at it. After,James Naismith moved on to the YMCA Training School in Springfield,USA in 1891.In Springfield, Naismith was faced with the problem of finding a sport that was suitable for play inside during the Massachusetts winter for the students at the School for Christian Workers. Naismith needed a game that could be played indoors in a relatively small space. The first game was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets used as goals. James Naismith devised a set of thirteen rules which become the bases of basketball. In addition to the creation of the basketball, James Naismith graduated as a medical doctor, primarily interested in sports physiology and what we would today call sports science and as Presbyterian minister, with a keen interest in philosophy and clean living. Naismith watched his sport, basketball, introduced in many nations by the YMCA movement as early as 1893. Basketball was introduced at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Today basketball has grown to become one of the world's most popular sports. Now to play Basketball you have to: have a basketball court,a special ball and two basket's,and to wear training shoes,shorts and a tank top. An important Basketball player is Michael Jeffrey Jordan.He was born in 17/02/1963 in Brooklyn,New York.His height is 1,98 meters and his weight is 98 Kg.He started his carrier in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls team,in 1984.Then he has been: six time NBA champion (1991-93, 1996-98);ten time All-NBA First Team (1987-93, 1996-98);Defensive Player of the Year (1988); nine time All-Defensive First Team (1988-93, 1996-98); One of fifty Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Two-time Olympic gold medalist (1984,1992).