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History of Basketball Basketball was inventedby James Naismith. The first official game was played in the YMCA gymnasium on January 20, 1082. Women's basketball began in 1892 atSmith Collegeby Senda Berenson Basketball Hall of Fame founded Development of equipment and technique National championships: The most serious effort was theNational Interscholastic Basketball Tournamentat theUniversity of Chicagofrom 1917 to 1930. The National Basketball Association The NBA is the most popular basketball league around the world It was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946. The first game played was the Toronto Huskies vs. The New York Knickerbockers There were 17 teams when the league first started, but today there is 30 teams. International Basketball Basketball has now become popular around the world Tournaments such as The Olympics and the FIBA World Championship have become very important to countries. Basketball is no longer an American sport. PowerHouses Team USA is no longer the best team in the world. The Soviet Union was the dominant team in the USA until they broke up. For a while after that, Team USA has been the best in the world by far. Recently, countries have picked up their level of play and are now competing with the USA. Countries such as Spain, Argentina, and Greece are now playing at the same level as the Americans Basketball Around the World World Champions Year Event Gold Silver Bronze 2008 Olympics USA Spain Argentina 2006 FIBA Spain Greece USA 2004 Olympics Argentina Italy USA 2002 FIBA Yugoslavia Argentina Germany 2000 Olympics USA France Lithuania International Players in the NBA Today, there are more and more international players in the NBA.At first, teams were hesitant to bring international players onto their teams because the style of play around the world is different than in the NBA. Now the international style of play has influenced the style of the NBA . Percentage of International Players in the NBA BasketBallsGreatest Players Michael Jordan Wilt Chamberlain : Larry Bird Lisa Leslie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Knowledge ofthis game DRIBBLING PASSING THE BALL IN BETWEEN TEAMMATES Point Guard Shooting Guard Creates a high volume of shots on offense; guards the opponent's best perimeter player on defense Small Forward Often primarily responsible for scoring points via cuts to the basket and dribble penetration; on defense seeks rebounds and steals, but sometimes plays more actively Sometimesa player's greatestchallenge iscoming to gripswith hisrole on the team. Aaditya Ganjewar Arjun Aidasani Cheryl Fernandes Rachana Gandhi