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This Day In History
On December 21st, 1891, the first game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, was played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts.
According to MassMoments.org:
The game was invented by a Canadian, Dr. James Naismith, a versatile athlete, theologian, and physical education instructor, who envisioned "the time when Christian people would recognize the true value of athletics." He designed basketball to occupy a class of disagreeable male students at the Springfield YMCA, who were bored with the calisthenics and children's games in their gym class. The game attracted players and fans almost immediately.
I am confident that...
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... one of these disagreeable male students absolutely rim wrecked the little basket Dr. James Naismith was holding. Held on to that basket way too long after aggressively throwing that weird leather ball in there with no remorse.
... one of these disagreeable male students made a shot from like half field, nailed it, exclaimed that because he was so far away this shot should be worth more, maybe like 3 points and Dr. James Naismith told him that was a stupid idea.
... one of these disagreeable male students swatted another disagreeable male students' shot into the 4th row of pews and instead of saying the word "block" he said something like "NO ASSEMBLAGE HERE GOOD SIR!"
... the trash talking was the best.
... the shoes and apparel were atrocious.
... there wasn't a rule for fouling out of the game yet, but there quickly was one instituted immediately following the game.
... the disagreeable male students shot 99% from the free throw line, because they all shot underhand granny shots, the way every NBA player should be shooting free throws. Shaq would have been 90% free throw shooter, guaranteed.
... for the first game ever, the game looked better than your average YMCA pickup game.
... they were already wondering where LeBron James would play next year.