Basketball, as we know, is a sport played by two teams with five players each team. It is considered as one of the most famous games specifically ball games because it is known all over the world and is played in many different countries. This game is discovered by a Canadian P.E. instructor named James Naismith. Professor Naismith discovered the above mentioned sport because the director of the school where he teaches ask him to find a physical activity, not a sport in specific, that will fulfill the needs of the students and will focus on their strengths. In addition, basketball started with nine players each team, three of them are assigned as the guards another three as the centers and the last three as the forwards. Each team’s objectives are to gain points by shooting the ball in the peach baskets, which are considered as the rings, and to prevent their opponent’s team from gaining a point. The team that gets a higher points after the game is over will be considered as the winner.
The Game Basketball
The first ever public basketball game was held on March 11, 1892 at Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America, where it was also invented. National Basketball Association or NBA is the world’s oldest professional basketball league. Likewise, Philippine Basketball Association or PBA is considered as the first professional basketball league in Asia and second to the world. PBA was opened on April 9, 1975 at the Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, and Quezon City. As the PBA starts and/or opens, only ten teams joined the said association and as the time goes by , some other teams also joined this league and now it already have twelve teams and those teams also changed their names from time to time just like how other things changed.
More about Basketball
Every basketball player has a prescribed attire or uniform that they need to wear in every game or match they play, this consists of a jersey, a shorts, a pair of socks and a rubber shoes. With regards to the skills, every player must have and/or learn the three basic and important skill in playing basketball, these are the dribbling, the passing and the shooting. Dribbling refers to the player’s ability to tap the ball continuously with their hand or palm, towards the floor with a full control on it. While passing is defined as the throwing of the ball towards your teammate using different kinds of pass. These are known as the chest pass, bounce pass and overhead pass.
Chest pass is a pass in which the ball is quickly push away from the chest by extending the hands and arms forward. This pass is said to be the most used and accurate pass in basketball. Bounce pass is a kind of pass that happens by bouncing the ball once. Third pass is the overhead pass, a pass same as the chest pass but the ball is thrown over the head. Players used this pass when a defender is close guiding them, or when they want to start a fast break because this is a great way to do so. Last but definitely not the least skill is shooting. Shooting is the offensive weapon in basketball. It is the act of putting the ball inside the ring in order for every player to gain a score so that their team will win. Score or points may vary from the place where the player stands when they shoot or throw the ball.
Now that you have some basic knowledge about basketball, why don’t you try it? Go on and have some fun.