Basketball was invented in 1891, it was invented by a Canadian clergyman/educator by the name of James Naismeth. The game was introduced when James Naismeth was an instructor at a Christian Association training school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Back in the day Basketball use elements of Football, hockey and soccer, the very first ball every use in the game was a soccer ball. When basket ball started there were 9 players to a team in 1897-1898 they changed it to 5 players, also at this time the hoops were made of wood and attached to the wall. Basketball Spread rapidly nationwide and to Canada, where it was played by men and women. In I934 the first college decided to have basketball as a major sport which paved the way to make basketball a professional sport. The 2 professional leagues, National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America merged in 1949, which thus created the National Basketball Association (NBA) The Boston Celtic, were one of the first Basketball teams of the 1950’s and throughout the 60’s. Basketball games were played in front of millions of people annually, and after the Celtics came along then came the Los Angeles Lakers. In the late 1970’s basketball dropped in popularity, but with the help of players like Larry Bird from the Boston Celtic and Magic Johnson from the LA Lakers. Then in the 1990’s came Michael Jordan played with Chicago Bulls and Shaquille O’Neal who started with the Orlando Magic. Like all other sports basketball has a hall of fame which is in Springfield, Massachusetts, where basically basketball got its start and it includes player, coaches, referees and other who have significantly contributed to the game. There are many fans of basketball in America, you just have to watch and see if you like it.