the first official basketball game was played in 1892 with nine players. in basketball there are two teams, of five players each. it changed to five by 1898. a peach basket served as the first basketball net until 1906, and the first ball used was a soccer ball. the game was created by a physical education teacher in 1891, at springfield college in springfield, massachusetts in the united states. they play on a rectangular court, and try to shoot the highest number of balls through the hoop during the game. the creator, dr. get this sport photo now. james naismith was a canadian who was trying to create a game to keep the students active during the long winters.
in the 1950's, the legend says that then butler coach led a movement to turning the ball orange so it would be easier for the players to see. back when peach baskets or basker were used as the hoop, every time someone scored, a referee had to fetch the ball by climbing a ladder. the national basket ball league was the first pro-league, established in 1898, and it lasted only five years. even though free basketball is widely known as an american sport, the first professional game was played in toronto, canada in 1946. originally, basketballs were made of brownish leather, and that led to brownish balls. it wasn't until the 1950s that the orange ball became the norm.
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