- 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
- 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
- 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.