Mar 162015

Fascinating and Fun Facts About Basketball

I just love basketball trivia.  For some reason, the silly unimportant little facts are amazing to me.  Perhaps it’s because I love the sport so much that these little things matter.

Going back to the beginning, a doctor invented the first basketball.  Right after that, a YMCA teacher by the name of James Naismith invented the game in 1891.  He had grown up in Canada playing a makeshift basketball game by nailing up a peach basket to use for a hoop.

Basketball was initiated into the Summer Olympics in 1936.  They debuted in Berlin, Germany.  It wasn’t until 1940 that the first game aired on television though.

At first there were two leagues in the sport, the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association.  They merged in 1949 and became the National Basketball Association, or NBA.

Who has won the most NBA championships?  The Boston Celtics, of course.  In fact, they won seven straight ones.  A total of 26 teams entered which made it the largest number of team sport players in one even.

Check this out.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the current record to date for the most career points scored in basketball.  He topped out at a total of 38,387 points.  Speaking of points, it was a great day in history when the legendary Wilt Chamberlain scored a round 100 points in a single game.  That remains the most points to be scored in one game.

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.

How did the three-pointer come to be?  It was actually an idea that was taken from the ABA and was put into play in 1980.  Believe it or not it was the Garrett Falcons Varsity Boys team that maxed the three-point shots in one game.  They had 32 shots total and it all took place in 1998.

USA has won 13 Olympic basketball games.  They have presided in gold medals at the games too.

It was in Dallas, Texas on Valentine’s day in 2010 when the largest crowd ever assembled to watch a single game with 108, 713 looking on as the NBA All-Star game took place.

If you have ever been to a game you thought would never end, get this…in 2010 in Hungary, one game lasted for 107 hours.  There was not one single rest or break that took place the entire time.

Records aren’t always set by professional teams or professional players.  Elan Buller who attended Campbell Hall Elementary School made the longest shot ever, a total distance of 104 feet.  That happened in 2011.  He never went on to play professionally but does teach P.E. at that same elementary.

I just love basketball trivia.  I could read the fun facts all day and never tire of it in the least.  It’s just silly little things that mean nothing at all…but to some of us die-hard basketball enthusiasts, they mean…everything.

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