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Did you Know? List of Interesting Facts about Basketball
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about Basketball, trivia and information, including some useful statistics will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults.

Interesting Facts about Basketball are as follows:

  • Fact 1 - Definition: Basketball is a popular a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the basketball through an elevated horizontal hoop

  • Fact 2 - James Naismith is the man credited with inventing basketball in 1891
  • Fact 3 - James Naismith was a teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Fact 4 - Peach baskets were used as the first “hoops” and the first backboards were made of wire
  • Fact 5 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) is one of the major sports leagues, of which USA and Canada are members
  • Fact 6 - The positions of players in basketball are as follows:
    • Point guard
    • Shooting guard
    • Small forward
    • Power forward
    • Center
  • Fact 7 - The first basketball game was held on 20th January, 1892
  • Fact 8 - Michael Jordan is a world famous basketball player with a record score of 5,987 in the playoffs
  • Fact 9 - Basketball became an official Olympic event in Berlin, Germany in 1936
  • Fact 10 - On March 2, 1962, center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game against the New York
  • Fact 11 - The first basketball was actually a soccer ball. The modern basketball was introduced in 1929
  • Fact 12 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for most points scored in his 20 year career at 38,387 points
  • Fact 13 - March Madness began in 1939, when the first NCAA tournament was held at the University of Illinois
  • Fact 14 - Until 1937, the referee tossed a jump ball after each basket
  • Fact 15 - The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater and comedy

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