11 Interesting facts about Basketball

  • In 1961, the American Basketball League (ABL) became the first organised professional basketball league to employ the three-point line.

  • On October 12, 1979, against the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics player Chris Ford made the first three-point shot in the National Basketball Association (NBA). This was the same game in which Celtics great Larry Bird made his debut.

  • Steals and blocks were only officially (recorded) stats in the NBA beginning with the 1973-1974 season. Elmore Smith had the most blocks in an NBA game during the season, with 17, on October 28, 1973.

  • On October 12, 1979, against the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics player Chris Ford made the first three-point shot in the National Basketball Association (NBA). This was the same game in which Celtics great Larry Bird made his debut.

  • In 1961, the American Basketball League (ABL) became the first organised professional basketball league to employ the three-point line.



  • In 1891, International YMCA Training School (now Springfield College) Physical Education teacher James Naismith devised basketball as a means for students to stay active and occupied indoors during the winter. The original hoop was constructed from a fruit basket donated by the school cleaner and affixed to a balcony ledge.

  • Brown was the colour of the earliest basketballs. A brown ball, on the other hand, might be difficult to see for both players and spectators. Coach Tony Hinkle of Butler University came up with the notion of using an orange ball in 1957 to boost ball visibility.



  • Syracuse Nationals owner Danny Biasone and general manager Leo Ferris invented the 24-second shot clock. During the 1954-1955 season, the NBA implemented the shot clock for the first time.

  • During the 1953-1954 season, the NBA and Dumont Broadcast Network inked the first NBA national television deal.

  • Mel Rideout organised the first basketball game in Europe in Paris.

  • Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland are the eight founder nations of FIBA (Fédération internationale de basketball amateur). On June 18, 1932, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) was established in Geneva.

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