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Basketball Facts

  • Dr. James Naismith is credited with inventing the game of basketball in 1891.
  • The first “rims” were actually made of peach baskets and the first backboards were made from wire.
  • Basketball became an official Olympic event in Berlin, Germany in 1936.
  • Two basketball leagues; the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Basketball Association of America (BAA) merged in 1949 to become today's National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • The Boston Celtics franchise has won the most NBA championships (16) in history.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons in the NBA, holds the record for most points in a career (38,387).
  • On March 2, 1962, center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game against the New York.
  • Lenny Wilkens has won and lost more basketball games than any other coach.
  • Four current NBA teams originated in the ABA.
  • The NBA instituted the three-point shot after the 1978-79 season, an idea which was adopted from the ABA.
  • The Chicago Bulls franchise have amazingly won all six NBA Finals series in which they have played in.
  • Michael Jordan, has scored more points (5,987) in the playoffs than any other player in basketball history.