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The Invention of Basketball - Has there ever been an activity that you wondered how it was invented. Well I have been playing basketball for almost seven years and have always wondered the man behind the game we call “basketball.” I really have enjoyed basketball because it really tests an athlete’s ability of endurance, athleticism, and speed. I figured it was time for me to find out who this man was. Basketball today has grown in the United States to bout 300 million people, that is a very large sum (“Bellies”). Although there are many stories to who discovered the game of basketball, it really just depended on who and where the story was told....   [tags: Basketball, sports, history, ] 608 words
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The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League History - The Basketball Association of America came from a league in North America, 1946; being one out of three professional basketball organizations. The Basketball Association of America (BAA) and another basketball organization, National Basketball League (NBL), formed together to become the National Basketball Association (NBA). Surprisingly, they came together after being big rivals, and fighting for three years over who gets the better players and the most fans to watch the action and most likely to see how much profit they can make from the basketball games....   [tags: hoop, national basketball, nba, ]
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Development of Basketball - Basketball is a sport people love all over the world and has changed throughout history. College basketball in the 1930s gave younger athletes a new focus during the Great Depression. Professional basketball was an important distraction for people at the time as well.There were some top basketball teams that faced many issues with all the issues in the 1930s. Basketball was growing during the 1930s, serving as a distraction from the Great Depression at both the professional and collegiate level....   [tags: Sport History, College Basketball ]
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The Chicago Bulls Basketball Team - The Chicago Bulls, they have gone through many stages of success, including six championships with Michael Jordon’s Bulls. Michael Jordon in fact is the reason why most people know about the Bulls. The Bulls though do run deeper than just Michael Jordon, because before Jordon came to the Bulls the Bulls had to come to the NBA. The Chicago Bulls are one of the most memorable and historic professional basketball teams in history. The Bulls joined the National Basketball Association in 1965. Before this the Bulls had been known as the Chicago stags, the stags had been one of the best teams in the Business Basketball Association since 1946 and even played one season in the NBA before they folde...   [tags: basketball, team, memorable] 2190 words
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Ways to Do Conditioning for Basketball - Basketball is a widely populated sport in today’s society since it was created in the late 1800s by Dr. James Naismith. Many fans enjoy playing basketball but most of them don’t thoroughly understand the process to get in shape to play. Basketball conditioning requires a lot of dedication and is very time consuming. It is a highly competitive and contact sport so being faster and stronger than the other guy can give you more advantages. Many ways to condition are by running, weight training in the gym, maintaining a healthy diet and working on your basketball skills....   [tags: basketball, sports, Dr. James Naismith, ] 855 words
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National Basketball Championship - The ball soaring towards the basket; flying all the way from half-court. Bang. The ball slams off the backboard and plunges onto the rim as 70,930 people fall into shock. Will the impossible happen. Unfortunately for the upstart Butler Bulldogs, Gordan Hayward's desperation heave at the buzzer of the 2010 NCAA National Championship game was 3 inches off the mark, allowing perennial power Duke to walk away with their fourht National Championship. However, Butler's magical run shows why the NCAA Tournament is such a great event and why it does its job as a fair way to decide the National Champion....   [tags: Sports Basketball]
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The Origin of the Game of Basketball - There are 5 seconds left on the clock in the last quarter, the coach calls a time out. Down by 2, the team has a chance to win the game. The whistle blows and the clock winds down, 5...The ball is passed in…4…the point guard dribbles around the key…3…the ball is passed to the shooting guard…2…the shooting guard passes it back to the point guard…1…the point guard shoots from behind the 3-point line…0. Countless fans across the globe may get thrills while watching an intense minor or professional basketball game, although, few actually know where or how this widely popular sport was created....   [tags: nba, basketball players, james naismith]
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Rules on the Game of Basketball - Do you remember growing up and you had to obey mommy and daddies rules. “sit up straight while you’re eating. Don’t sit too close towards the television. Stop being selfish with your belongings.” Meanwhile as you get older you follow the rules of being in a daycare, classroom, work environment, and society. To be able to know your rules it allows you to know your boundaries on what can you do and what you cannot do. So we encounter rules in our everyday lives even in sports. In sports we need rules in order to play the game correctly and for our safety....   [tags: basketball, nba, james naismith, wnba] 820 words
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The Basketball Dream of Luigi - ... “10” announced Ladoo. “0”, yelled Budda. Luigi was very confused, he had no idea what just happened. He thought he would get in until he heard 0 from Budda. Luigi left the gym in confusion, so he went home and slept. When he woke up, he heard from judge Ladoo that there is another tryout 6 days later. He went to the Baker Walter Gym to practice. He was all alone until he saw Miami Lightning’s star player James Lebron. James Lebron gave Luigi tips to get into the NBA draft, he also helped him practice....   [tags: basketball, player, judge, practice, tryout] 546 words
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Vince Carter: NBA Basketball Player or Community Leader? - Lamar Carter known to all as, Vince Carter, was born on January 26.1977 in Daytona Beach, FL. Carter became an extraordinary leader at a young age. Carter used his talent to gain fame and fortune so that he could give back to his community and the less fortunate. During his years at Campbell Middle School he was the only seventh grader to ever play on the Varsity Basketball team, not only was he on the team but he was a starter on the team. While at Mainland High school he was captain of the Volleyball Team, member of the Marching Band and is known to be the most gifted basketball player to grace their court....   [tags: Biography Basketball]
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Michael Jordan and Basketball - Basketball is one of the most popular sports in America, and only a few of the NBA stars are considered great. There is only one they call the greatest, with six national championships, and 5 MVPs under his name. Michael Jordan could play basketball so many ways he could make an opponent look bad by just passing the ball. Every fan and every announcer loved to say the name “Michael Jordan” or also known as “M.J.” Jordan was the talk of the country, every kid or fan wanted to have his autograph or basketball card....   [tags: NBA, Chicago Bulls, Professional Basketball]
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The Brasillia Wizards: A Basketball Team in Brazil - The Brasillia Wizards “The national basketball team of Brazil and its players are well respected in this sport on an international level.”1 The NBA would do well to expand and send the Washington Wizards to Brazil. With a population of 194.9 million5, a GDP of $2.3 trillion5 and world ranking of 1008 and the sport of basketball ranking 3rd just behind football (soccer) and volleyball in popularity,1 this would be a great move for the NBA. Other than the tension placed on our relationship with them by the NSA scandal....   [tags: currancy, scandal, sport, basketball]
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2010 Season of Butler Basketball Outline - ... 4. When they would reach the Final Four, he would be the youngest coach left. 5. He would face multiple elite coaches in tournament, for example Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski. 6. He would face many challenege as any other coach would going through the NCAA tournament. 7. No one expected for Butler to have the season they did. They only three seniors on the team and a thirty three year old coach. B. The Butler Basketball regular season was a historic season for the college basketball world. 1....   [tags: college basketball championships]
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Beginning Of Basketball - The Beginning of Basketball Have you ever had an interest in how something was invented. An interest in how your favorite activity or hobby came about. Ever since I was introduced to sports and how competitive it was, I became hooked. I enjoy playing football, basketball, and baseball. Of the three main sports that I play, basketball seems to be my favorite. It challenges endurance, speed, accuracy, agility, and strength. I feel guilty not knowing who created the game that takes up most of my free-time....   [tags: History Basketball]
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Basketball: A Communication Game - High school basketball is not only a mental sport, but, also, a communication game. You must be able to communicate very well to play in Morgantown, West Virginia, especially at University High School. To make the team, you have to be basketball knowledgeable, talented, physically fit, and vocal. After four years of playing varsity basketball, the vocal part of the sport has helped me out in the long run. There are five positions in basketball: point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center, but, the most important position is the point guard....   [tags: Sports Basketball] 1434 words
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Physics of Basketball - James Naismith, born 11/6/1861, in Almonte, Ontario, Canada invented the greatest game of all time. Basketball was invented December 1891 at a YMCA gymnasium in Springfield, Massachusetts. The game was invented to be an indoor game for students to play during the cold winter months since there were no previous indoor game that could involve a whole class. Basketball started out with only 13 rules that were made by Naismith in 1891 and the rules have continued to grow and change up to present day....   [tags: physics sport sports basketball] 1868 words
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My Two Favorite Sports: Tennis vs. Basketball - As many can tell you there is nothing quite like the feeling of playing the sport you love with crowds cheering for you to win. Everyone can feel this way because sports are relatively simple and easy to play with practice. I remember I used to hate the idea of playing any sport, but when once I started to play I didn’t want to stop; two sports that I particularly enjoyed playing were baseball and tennis. Although Baseball and tennis are both sports that involve using a club to hit an airborne ball, they differ because of the equipment used to play them, the rules for each game and the way points are scored....   [tags: Tennis, Basketball, sports,] 526 words
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The History of Basketball - History Basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith of Almonte, Ontario. While he was attending the international YMCA Training School (School for Christian Workers) in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was challenged by the Head of Physical Education at the school to create an indoor game to distract students and keep them occupied during the extremely cold winter of that area. His response to this challenge was to create a game that required skill instead of brute strength like other popular sports of that time....   [tags: Sports, Indoor] 615 words
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The Influence of Basketball - ... “Jeremy Lin may be the impetus that takes a country already gaga over basketball and makes it the next basketball power. You reach a critical point when you have interest, which China does… population, which equals talent and the financial means. China’s expanding economy can support players, the development of youth programs and new facilities. Remember, more people play basketball in China on a regular basis than there are, total population, in the U.S (Wilbon 3).” The following information about girls and basketball was presented in a recent news release....   [tags: sports industry, school players ] 1093 words
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The History of Basketball - ... Women were not allowed any physical contact at all but, today women are extremely physical and some even hit harder than the men. In the year 1896, the first professional game was played and so what the first college game. Each player for the pros was paid $15 and the game was Trenton vs. Brooklyn and Trenton won but, they only scored 15 points. Today there are 120 point games and the league has changed in many ways including size and weight. The game had many flaws when it was first created, one of the biggest was that it was a racial league, meaning only one skin color could play it....   [tags: indoor team sports] 566 words
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The Physics of Basketball - ... Although, if you look at a layup you don’t use and horizontal or vertical force at all, you use the momentum from running transferred to the basketball hitting the backboard and going into the hoop. You can use Newton’s third law of motion for the layup and really everything else in basketball. That every force you exert has an equal and opposite reaction. The force of you accelerating transfers to speed, which you step and jump and that transfers into the ball which you let go of and hits the backboard and goes in....   [tags: shot, stop, spin] 744 words
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The Creation of Basketball - Have you ever wondered who created basketball. What the original rules were. How it has changed since it was first invented. Maybe even if different cultures played it and how they did. I will give you all of the answers in a minute. Did you know that our ancestors played a game sort of like basketball before it was even invented. Hundreds of years ago in Mexico, people played games where they would use a ball and hoop. They would take turns trying to throw the ball into the basket and keep track of how many each person made it in....   [tags: aztecs, Ollamalitzli]
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History of Basketball - ... The game was first played with 9 people on each team.” (Faurschou, “History of basketball”). “In 1896 enough colleges had formed teams to form the first competition. The game was played with only 5 members on each team. ” (McNamee, “A Brief History of Basketball”). Two years after this the first professional league was formed. “Additions of nets to the rim was made to speed up the game before the addition the ref would have to clime up a ladder and get the ball. Another invention that helped out the game was the invention of the backboard, this was to help out the visiting team before this the fans would simply block the visiting teams rim.” (McNamee, “A Brief History of Basketball”)....   [tags: game, aztecs and mayans, ball] 677 words
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History of Basketball - The game of basketball is recognizable high school or the NBA. The sport is very popular and is played worldwide. Everyone may also know the sport from some names of basketball stars. Maybe the names Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Dr. J, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, or Carmelo Anthony ring a bell. They are all outstanding players of the game and have a significant understanding of how the game is played. Basketball has changed alot overtime and has become one of Americas most played sports. It takes time to really learn the ins and outs of the game and also to get a good handle on things....   [tags: Sports ]
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Physics of Basketball - ... When dribbling a basketball a shooter releases the ball towards the floor with a force that makes the ball come back into their palm. When the force of the ball goes toward the floor with different speeds it causes the ball to have a different velocity which can make the ball come back into the dribblers hand much quicker. We can also look at dribbling through energy. When a shooter is holding the basketball it has potential energy. Upon the balls release to the floor, the potential energy is converted to kinetic energy....   [tags: shooting, dribble, energy] 648 words
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Geometry and Basketball - ... The ball is released Y feet lower than the hoop. Here too, we will try to plot the curve on the graph with shot speed V as the horizontal axis and the angle θ as the vertical axis. The largest acceptance area again, comes out to be at the front end of the shape so formed (crescent). By comparing the fig. observed in this case, we find that the crescent has shifted up but retains the same general shape as the simplified case. Also, the largest acceptance area is given by the point where θ = θop and V = Vop....   [tags: Hoop, Mathematics, Angles] 673 words
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James A. Naismith: Creator of Basketball - Millions of players of basketball which was created by one man by the name of Dr. James A. Naismith. James Naismith was born around the 1860s. James Naismith created the game of basketball in 1891. Dr. James A. Naismith was truly influential to the sports world through the creation of basketball, building Kansas University basketball tradition, and changing lives of millions of people through the game of basketball. Before the game of basketball James Naismith was truly influential to the sports world....   [tags: Biography] 854 words
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The Origin and Development of Basketball - ... The game spread thru the nation, Canada and even certain parts of the world. It became popular even outdoors with servicemen playing it in other countries during War World II. Originally, the game was played with peach baskets or 18” square boxes hung from the balconies of the running tracks of most indoor facilities. At this time the basket height was established at 10 feet, which still stands today. Obviously, the peach baskets and boxes slowed the game down since the ball had to be retrieved after every goal either by someone on the running track or by ladder....   [tags: James Naimsmith, dribble, league] 525 words
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The Benefits of Basketball in My Life - Basketball is one of the interesting sports I have always wanted to engage myself; even as a little child. It was a dream come true when I started playing basketball in my high school.Moreover, I was very good in it, and I became the team leader. Of course, I enjoyed every bite of the time I spent playing basketball. My participation on basketball, had numerous effects on my life, and these are physical, personal and social. When discussing the physical impact basketball had in my life, I will not hesitate to state that, I used to be overweight, but now I have a normal weight....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Essay About Myself] 470 words
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Effects of Practicing and Not Practicing Basketball - ... The more experience a player has the more successful they are gonna be out on the court compared to a player who never practices with there team will not be as successful to win games. No matter what sport a person plays there is always room for improvement and that leads to my next topic about the effects of practicing for basketball and how it can effect the skill level of the player. The effects of practicing and improvement in a players performance is key to the game of basketball when a player practices for basketball they are improving because they are either getting a better basketball IQ or improving in the fundamentals like shooting and passing and dribbling a player can not ge...   [tags: team sports, improvement in playing] 523 words
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The Business of The National Basketball Association - ... • No other adequate substitutes for professional basketball. • Pool of international players. • Ability to explore new markets. • Emerging technology to engage the fans (TV, Media, smartphones, etc.) Threats • Focus on urban culture could isolate non-urban consumers • Emerging technology allows fans to watch events on TV or computer, but could make fans less likely to attend the events. 3. External Analysis (General Environment) Political N/A Environmental • Commitment to reduce its ecological impact • Educating basketball fans worldwide about the importance of environmental protection • Generating awareness and funds for protecting the environment....   [tags: swot, competition, resources ] 1178 words
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How Basketball is Affected by Biomechanics - ... (Bartlett, 1999). The effect that various components, i.e. instantaneous acceleration, has on the various actions in basketball, i.e. changing direction when crossing over, dribbling. Effect of Velocity/Acceleration Basketball is a sport which relies on rapid transitions from defense to offense in order to score. Speed and agility is a massive component of the sport. Therefore, by carrying out a biomechanical analysis of the act of sprinting movements in the sport and learning how to improve upon them, it becomes possible to improve an athlete’s performance....   [tags: athlete’s performance, position] 992 words
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Members of the Basketball Hall Of Fame - ... John Stockton he was played on a team called the Utah Jazz he was a point guard, his number was retired in Salt Lake city in Utah. They have a statue of him at the Utah Jazz stadium. John Stockton became an 10 time all-star team when he led the league with most assists and a 9 consecutive seasons win. John Stockton won gold medals in 1992 and 1996 . Earvin “Magic” Johnson he played for the Lakers back then with Michael Jordan and larry Bird. Magic Johnson had many good skills that dazzled generations of fan when he played for the Lakers that was really good back then but now the Lakers today been really bad....   [tags: players, coaches, teams]
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Diversity at The National Basketball Association - The National Basketball Association is the most popular professional basketball league in North America; it is also the most popular professional basketball league in the world. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is one of the most diverse businesses in the world, which was the deliberate plan of former NBA commissioner David Stern. The NBA was once an all white and male dominated league, now through years of an aggressive effort to diversify the organization the NBA is now one of the shining beacons for diversity, tolerance and acceptance in the workplace....   [tags: NBA Diversity Essays]
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The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll - The movie “Basketball Diaries” is based on a series of journal entries written by Jim Carroll during the early years of his life, these entries would later on be published as a novel. Growing up in the slums of New York City, Carroll was exposed to many instances of drugs abuse and as a result of his life being filled with stress such as him living in an unstable household without a father, and losing his best friend he began to engage in substance abuse. As a teenager, Carroll was willing to go to extreme lengths just to fit in with his peers....   [tags: story and biographical analysis] 558 words
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Life Is Like A Basketball Court - “Life is like a basketball, it bounces up and down.” I love basketball. I feel affection for the taste of victory, when you win a game. However, I also find losing a worthwhile experience. I worship the feeling where you score a point. It’s slow motion at first, as you gaze at the shot you’ve made, wondering if it is going to manage. Then the taste of your salty sweat and the sound of your pounding heart are back in action. *Swoosh* the ball rapidly swirls into the hoop and falls through the net....   [tags: Sports, Metaphor, Philosophy] 815 words
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A Comparison Between Basketball and Soccer - ... This reason is why it is considered to be a favorite sport to any people and individuals prefer it to any other sport. Soccer is a more enjoyable sport than basketball because of the rules, number of players in a team, and how to score among each other. Basketball is played using hands. If a player hits the ball with his/her feet, his/her team will be penalized. However, putting one’s hand under the ball is also considered a foul in basketball. In soccer, a player other than the goalkeeper cannot use his/her hands except when the ball goes out of play courtesy of an opponent....   [tags: sports, goal keeper, position] 628 words
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The Angular Aspects of Basketball - Intro: In basketball, there are many instances where angular motion is apparent. Angular motion refers to all points on an object moving in a circular path about a fixed axis. The limbs of our bodies exhibit angular motion around our joints, so most of the movements involved in playing basketball display some form of angular motion. The two important biomechanical aspects of angular motion are Angular Kinematics and Angular Kinetics. These subdivisions of biomechanics are significant because understanding them can lead to performing the tasks affiliated with basketball, such as passing, shooting, jumping, and dribbling at an optimal level....   [tags: Physics]
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Basketball and The Olmec People - The first basketball game was played by the Olmec people in the 1800’s. At first they were using a soccer ball and wooden baskets to make the hoops for the game. While the first official basketball game was played January 20th 1892 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Canadian doctor James Naismith created the game for people and athletes to play in the winter. He also created rules and regulations for the game. In 1894 the free throw line was moved from 15-20 feet. In 1895 the value o9f the field goal was moved from 3 points to 2 points....   [tags: College Sports History, James Naismith]
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Taking a Look at Basketball - ... The basic equipment used to play basketball is a ball and a net. Other equipment is used for player safety such as face masks for injuries involving the facial areas, padded arm sleeves for protection of the arm from scrapes or cuts, and protection for the ankles and knees to prevent broken ankles and scraped knees, a torn ACL or just to reduce the pain of the knee when falling. Evolutionally, the equipment required to play basketball were set to low standards so those with less money would be able to play without worrying about equipment costs....   [tags: indoor team sports] 1310 words
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The Force to Dribble a Basketball - ... So when you bounce a basketball it comes back up to your hand. But if you don’t touch it the ball will bounce again, this time it wouldn’t bounce as high, why is this. Scientist have studied and found out that the gravitational force of the earth makes the ball lose energy. This makes the ball bounce less and less each bounce. Some scientists say that the ball is losing energy, but what is really happening is the ball is transferring the energy to the floor. Does it matter if it’s a guy’s ball or a girl’s ball....   [tags: energy, pressure, bounce]
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The Creator of Basketball: James Naismith - ... Shortly after that the basketball net was invented. It was used so that the ball could go through the hoop and at the same time slow down the shot so that the ball didn’t fly too far away. Before the use of the net every time a basket was made the opposing team would have to climb up and get the ball down. James Naismith also had 13 original rules. “1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands. 2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands but never with the fist....   [tags: YMCA, invention] 728 words
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The Basketball Hall of Fame - The spire, topped with a glowing basketball and detached from the main concourse, can be seen from as far away as Holyoke, dictating to the onlooker the function of the building. Through the twists and turns of the highway, the beacon disappears and reappears until finally, you have reached your destination, the hub of the game of basketball, a complex dedicated to its history and housing its memorabilia. You are at the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the building makes sure to tell you so. Its massive sphere, which at night is lit with blinking and fading lights that swirl around the silver façade of the enormous orb, is a less than subtle allusion to the motion of a spinning basketball....   [tags: travel, sports, museums,] 1919 words
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Become a Good Basketball Player - There are numerous different steps required to be a good basketball player. There are different aspects of the game that can drastically change the tempo of the game. Of course shooting the ball is important, but improving dribbling, defensive, and passing skills are also important. A players ability in all phases of the game is what makes them a good player. The first thing to practice on is dribbling. Dribbling is one of the most crucial skills to have. Good dribbling enables the player to move around more and get to places quicker....   [tags: sports, tips, ] 595 words
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The History and Development of Basketball - ... So, the janitor searched and found some baskets he could hang on the wall. This game became known as basket ball. The very first people to attempt this new game were the members of Dr. James Naismith’s gym class. At first, Naismith was slightly worried that the students would not like his new game. But after a while he noticed that the students were enjoying it. Of course he had to make a set of rules, so here are the original 13 rules of basketball: The ball can be thrown in any direction with one or both hands....   [tags: sports and games]
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Real Teammates in the Game of Basketball - ... Besides with the satisfaction of just being on the team, “Jankin’ Jersey” give little or no effect. They will not go hard at practice or work outside of practice to get better. They have no desire to get better when they can be great and play. They are fine with being average. For instance, Lazy Larry comes to practice every day. He does just enough to get through practice. He does not try to be first in sprints or get on the court to scrimmage first team. It is always the bare minimum for him....   [tags: personal narrative] 670 words
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Ethnography of Basketball Fan Culture - ... A paradigm shift has taken place in the American culture where fans feel a need for instant gratification. Social media now allows fans to fill their need without needing to go to extremes. Social media enables athletes to relate with their fans on a personal level and increasing their accessibility. No fan would have ever imagined one day to get a chance of talking and having a virtual conversation with superstars such Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant. Now, with Twitter, fans can have virtual conversations and it makes them seem less like athletes and more like regular people....   [tags: global phenomenon, fans, athletes] 577 words
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History and Rules of Basketball - When people play basketball, they usually don’t think about the history. They don’t think who created it, who leads in assists, steals, blocks, points, and rebounds in the entire history of the sport. Did they know that it was illegal to dunk just because of one person, and he soon became the all-time scoring leader. Who created the name “slam dunk”. When was the first basketball game ever played. Who was on the first basketball team, and how many players were on a team. In 1891, Dr. James Naismith, head activities director at YMCA, was given 14 days to create an activity to play in the winter....   [tags: rebound, YMCA] 3217 words
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Rules and Regulations of Basketball - ... 2. If you are dribbling the basketball with your left hand, the off foot has to lead the dribbling. Thus, when the basketball reaches the floor, your right foot should be in front. However, when you are walking while dribbling, on each step, you can dribble the basketball. 3. By bending your knees, lower your body, while keeping your back a bit straight. Keep your chin up and look forward instead of looking at the ball. 4. The height of dribbling the ball depends on your position to the defensive player....   [tags: dribble, court, competition] 1288 words
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Competition Within a Basketball Team - ... If coaches Dan Nelson and Ryan Smith made this training highly advised or even mandatory, it would greatly increase the turnout. Using these trainings to stress the importance of defense will begin to show the team where they are lacking on the court. One of the best examples of good defensive coaching is from the movie Hoosiers when coach Norman Dale said, “I've seen you guys can shoot, but there's more to the game than shooting. There's the fundamentals and defense.” In the film, the coach makes his players work so intensely in practice that when games come around, they are fully prepared....   [tags: defense, legacy girls, comunication, ] 1125 words
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Why I Play Basketball - ... I even disliked to watch basketball I would refuse to play with my siblings. And all that I encouraged other people to play was soccer. The reason that I loved soccer was because my first gift was a soccer ball. Since that time I was infatuated with soccer. I played it in my backyard and in the park. I never stopped playing for anything even when it was dark like 9 o'clock dark I still played. So one day my parents tell Gabi, Gerard, and I that we will be going to Cleveland for spring break....   [tags: personal reflections] 667 words
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Michael Jordan and Basketball - A former American professional basketball player and known as the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan.He was born in Brooklyn; New York and later moved to North Carolina. He was also known with the nickname “Air Jordan” and “His Airness.” MJ, son from James Jordan and Deloris was married to Juanita Vanoy in September 1989. Jordan had two sons,Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James and a daughter, Jasmine Mickael. But Vanoy divorced him in February 2002. Michael Jeffrey Jordan started his career playing at the college basketball league for the University of North Carolina....   [tags: chicago bulls, nba titles]
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Ex – Basketball Player - In the poem, “Ex – Basketball Player” by john Updike, (which is a narrative poem) illustrates the nature of life on how life is potentially is seen has a mirror to other people’s life, especially people who play sports. Life is the physical and mental experience of an individual. An in the poem the main character Flick, supply the poem with a good example of how life is potentially a mirror for other people. This poem is formally organized, even though it locks some qualities, it still haves the qualifications of a good poem....   [tags: Literary Analysis, John Updike] 1078 words
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A Spiritual Basketball Leader - ... He used his worldview to shape how he lived out his career. This meant that when he was coaching, he used his spirituality of Naturalism, specifically Humanism, and Pantheism, specifically Buddhism, to guide his team. According to Unsworth (1997), Phil Jackson states in his book, "Being aware is more important than being smart.” Jackson used his worldview of humanism to guide his players to be aware of the human nature they live in. Also, Jackson explains no one human can do it alone; therefore inserting the idea that humans must be connected in order to gain success (Unsworth, 1997)....   [tags: Phil Jackson, notorious coaches of the NBA] 656 words
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Kevin Durant: Basketball Player - ... His many hours of practice helped him become a starter on his high school team. “During high school, Durant grew 7 inches, to his current height of 6”9” (Bio.com 1). His new found height backed up with his guard skills helped him get recognition from coaches all over the country. Kevin Durant won many awards that year; including “First team All-American” list. Kevin Durant got offered to play at the top Division 1 schools, but in the end he chose to play at the University of Texas. Kevin Durant excelled at the college level and was named the Big 12 Most Valuable Player....   [tags: NBA, Oklahoma, Olympics]
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High School Basketball Stars - ... But everyone else on the team could make up for it. Across the table from Gage was Henry the 6’2” – 175lbs sophomore shooting guard. This season he thinks is his time to shine. Kevin, was the shooting guard last year and 67% of his shots were from behind the three point line. The only reason he played was because he was a senior and his dad was the coach. He graduated and is now playing at some division II College in Northern California, his dad followed him there and now is the head coach for his son once again....   [tags: Sports, Teammates] 1013 words
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The Physics of Basketball - The Physics of Basketball There are many aspects to the game of basketball and physics can be applied to all of them. Although to be good at basketball it is not necessary to play it from a physics point of view. Basketball players become good by developing muscle memory for the actions that must be performed in the game of basketball from years of practice. Nevertheless knowing some of the physics in the game of basketball can help a good player be a better player. In this paper I will cover the three most important aspects of the game, shooting, dribbling and passing....   [tags: Science Sports Athletics Essays]
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The Game of Basketball - The Game of Basketball Many sports were invented to pass time. Basketball, the game, was one of the greatest to ever be invented. Basketball is truly an American game. It is competitive and fun. This winter indoor game has become a very popular sport among all ages. Dr. James A. Naismith was born in Canada but invented the game of basketball in the United States. He invented basketball by using a rectangular backboard that is 6feet wide and 4feet high. The court includes a free throw line that is 12feet long....   [tags: Papers] 742 words
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The Physics of Basketball - The Physics of Basketball Introduction Any child can pick up a basketball, bounce it a few times, and throw it at the hoop without realizing the complex physics he is involving himself in. However, a greater understanding of the sport can be gained by applying the principles of physics to these actions. Through this paper I will be examining the physics of dribbling and shooting. For the equations, I will use a standard men’s basketball with a mass of 25 oz. (0.7 kg) and a diameter of 9.39”. Dribbling If the basketball was simply dropped from a height of 1 meter with no initial push from the dribbler and rebounded from the floor in a perfectly elastic collision, Mechanical Energy for the...   [tags: Physics Essays]
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The Physics of Basketball - The Physics of Basketball The more and more I look around I begin to see how physics are integrated into practically everything that we do. These things would surely go unnoticed without making a conscious effort to notice them. For example simple things like riding a bike, or driving a car, or playing catch with a son or daughter. Just as these activities are loaded with elements of physics, sports are also, especially basketball. Physics play a part in every aspect of the game, from dribbling, passing, and shooting, to things as simple as setting a screen....   [tags: Athletics Sports Essays]
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The Physics of Basketball - The Physics of Basketball The NBA playoffs are making the headlines all over. Every news channel, sports channel, and newspaper has a story about the big games. Everyone is making bets as to who will be the big champions. Will it be the defending champions, Los Angeles Lakers, or will it possibly be one of the underdogs. This is the most intensive time of year for basketball fans as they watch the teams battle out the game. Up and down the court, the turnovers, rebounds, fast breaks, and most of all the baskets make the games exciting....   [tags: Athletics Sports Essays]
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The Commercialization of Basketball - The Commercialization of Basketball The game of basketball is changing, but not willingly or by it own doing. Corporate America has been poking around in the petri dish containing American sports for years now, steering its path of evolution wherever desired. The effects can easily be seen on and around the basketball court in the form of corporate logos engrained on the floor, product advertisements everywhere from the rafters to the programs to the scorers table, and company labels stitched into players uniforms and shoes....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Bouncing Balls: Basketball - Have you ever asked yourself how much energy or effort it really takes to dribble a basketball. Energy can only mean one thing: the strength required in a physical or mental activity such as basketball. Every time someone would bounce a basketball on the floor it has to transmit energy for the ball to come back into the air, or into your hands. Without the force of energy, you couldn’t handle the ball like the way you’re supposed to in the game. Why is it when you stop dribbling a basketball, the ball stops bouncing....   [tags: physical activity, effort, energy]
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Allie’s Basketball Dream - Allie’s Basketball Dream Just by looking at the cover of the story “Allie’s Basketball Dream” by Barbara Barber I could already tell that the story itself seems to be an ideology. The ideology is not hard to figure out; even the name of the story gives it away. Most girls dream of being a ballerina, a princess, or even a vet but with Allie’s case she wants to be professional basketball player. When I first picked up this book, the name of the book intrigued me to want to read it because I never would have guessed a girls dream would be to be a professional basketball player....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Barbara Barber] 2261 words
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Personal Essay- Basketball - Basketball has played a big role in my life thus far. The game of basketball to me means everything that I want to have for my city and for myself. I have a dream of holding up a state championship trophy for my team and for myself. I have put countless numbers of hours into what it would be like for this dream to become a reality. Next year will be my final year of high school basketball. Texas district realignment moved this super small 4A team to an extremely large 3A school. The chance of winning the state championship in 3A is much better than we could have if we had stayed in 4A....   [tags: Personal Experience ]
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How Basketball Works - ... In standard play, 2 points are scored when the ball is thrown in the basket from a zone close by and 3 points are scored from farther away. The team with the ball is called offense. Players move the ball by dribbling or passing it while dashing down the court. If the offensive team puts the ball into action behind the mid-court line, they have 10 seconds to get the ball over the mid-court line. If they don’t the team on defense is awarded the ball. The team without the ball is called defense....   [tags: shooting hoops, indoor team sports]
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How It Works: Projectile Motion in Basketball - ... However, if the player is in motion, the ball must be slightly thrown in front of or behind the player depending on the direction of the player’s motion to ensure that the ball reaches the target because the moving player is continually progressing perpendicular to the ball while the ball is traveling perpendicular to the player. This is a result of Newton’s First Law, which states that an object in motion will remain in motion and an object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an outside force....   [tags: physics in indoor sports] 1206 words
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Aerobic Fitness in Basketball: A Case Study - Aerobic Fitness Assessment Scenario This study will involve an offseason basketball-training program. The study will consists of male varsity basketball members ranging in age from 17 to 19. These 24 team members will be juniors and seniors at the local high school, and they will have been active members of the basketball program since their ninth grade year. The head and assistant basketball coaches along with the athletic trainer will be responsible for this study and will use the basketball gymnasium and school training room....   [tags: high school gymnasium, athletes]
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Basketball and its Inventor: James Naismith - Basketball was invented by a man named James Naismith. He was born in 1861 in the United States. Naismith was a high school sports coach in Massachusetts. He was a sporty guy. People took him as a religious man, because he was. James Naismith was born on November 6, 1861 in Almonte, Canada. James Naismith dies on November 28, 1939, 22 days after his birthday. He died in Lawrence, Texas. He invented two things. He invented Basketball and the Football helmet....   [tags: Sport, YMCA] 519 words
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My Two Passions: Basketball and Education - At the age of one I was presented with two challenges, which are now my special interest. Challenges that seemed bigger to me than life itself. My grandfather bought me a basketball on my first birthday. He saw in me an athletic ability that would later bless those around me and eventually become the love of my life. Even though the ball was bigger than me at that time it became one of my favorite "toys" to play around with. My mother however, also saw in me the potential to be the best through my education....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Personal Experience] 771 words
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The Importance of a Good Jump Shot in Basketball - The Importance of a Good Jump Shot in Basketball Basketball is one of the most watched and played sport across the nation. The offense in basketball includes lay-ups, dunks, free throws, and jump shots. The jump shot is one of the most common shot. Basketball is a very entertaining sport; just imagine playing it with a perfect jump shot. Nothing feels better than being in control, having everyone look up to you in the last minutes of the game. Having that perfect jump shot can either make you or break you in a close game; you think you can do it....   [tags: Free Essays] 401 words
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Basketball's Greatest Coaches - Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and the second most popular in the United States and unlike other popular American sports it’s the only one that originated in the U.S(The basketball man, 2006).The game of basketball has evolved tremendously since its creation in 1891 by James Naismith. Naismith was a physical education teacher at the School for Christian Workers, now Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was approached by the head of the department one day in early December to invent a game that will keep the athletes busy and entertained during the winter months....   [tags: Sports, History] 3010 words
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Ex-Basketball Player by John Updike - ... Pearl Avenue represents Flick’s life. The street does not take a straight path but it bends and is “cut off before it has a chance to go two blocks”(3). The poem implies the street reaches a dead end. This is also true for Flick, who was also cut off before he was able to make anything of his life. He was a hero while he was playing basketball in high school, but now he has a dead end job at the gas station and he has been cut off from his dreams. He never had a chance to go very far in life because he put all of his efforts into basketball and he did not focus on his academics....   [tags: athletics or academics, poem analysis]
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Don Haskings: A Basketball Coach with a Vision - Don Haskins was the head basketball coach at Texas Western College from 1961 to 1999. Growing up in the 1940s, he had a love for basketball but he lacked raw talent. His friend, Herman Carr, who was black, was a better player and they had played many games together during the course of their primary school years. Haskins was always bothered by the fact that Herman had to drink out of the coloured fountain, and use different restrooms. He did not understand why he was being treated as inferior despite being a superior player....   [tags: Sports, Racism, College] 694 words
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Lakers Basketball Franchise - ... To form a better league, the NBL and BAA combined to create the NBA; and the league consisted of seventeen teams in the first season (“History” para. 9). During 1949, the Lakers were the top team, once again, in the central division (“History” para. 11). In the first official NBA finals, the Lakers played the Syracuse Nationals in 1950 (“History” para. 13). Satisfied, they returned to the Finals the next year to face off against the New York Knickerbockers in 1952 (“History” para. 17). By winning the title that year was their second straight year winning a championship (“History” para....   [tags: professional sports industry] 804 words
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What Coaching Basketball Is All About - ... First the coach prepare for the game by scouting the upcoming opponent. To do that a coach can review game films of their opponent. Reviewing film can help the coach because now he see what defense the team runs, what’s there tempo, weaknesses and who’s the best player or players are on the team and if you played the team before you take the notes and stats from the first game to use them again and hopefully the game will be easier. A coach should never change their game plan if it’s working to do something else, let the opponent change their game plan to try and stop you....   [tags: directing a sports team] 1116 words
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Mechanics of the Basketball Free Throw Shot - The free throw shot is one the most important shots in basketball. In fact, around 20% of all points scored in the NCAA Division 1 are from free throws shots (Kozar, Vaughn, Lord, Whitfield, & Dve 243-248). The importance of this shot increases later in the game, because free throws tend to comprise greater percentage of the points that are scored in the last 5 minutes than the initial 35 minutes by either the wining or the losing team (Kozar et al., 123-129). The free throw shot is considered as the easiest shot for a professional basketball player, as the player stands alone, 15 feet away from the hoop with no defense or distraction....   [tags: sports, NCAA]
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Phil Jackson: A Spiritual Basketball Leader - Phil Jackson is a well-known man in the basketball world, as a championship coach and leader. Not only for his knowledge of basketball was he considered great, it was also for his use of alternative spiritual methods to assist his coaching. Through his Naturalist and Pantheist worldview he left a legacy of a role model. Phil Jackson’s views about the nature of God, career, and family are ultimately shaped by his worldview of Naturalism and Pantheism. Comparing my worldview of Christianity to Phil Jackson’s nature of God, career, and family, we will determine whether the role model status is relevant to how I perceived a role model....   [tags: Phil Jackson, Coach]
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The New Basketball Player: A Short Story - ... “45 gets three shots” the referee said to the players Tommy says from the half court line “take your time, and follow through”. “FIRST ONE FALLS” announcer proclaims over the loud speaker Gage says “two more just like that”, Kevin nods “Let’s go now!” Henry yelled from the bench Again the announcer speaks “SECOND ONE FALLS” The crowd goes crazy because he has now tied up the game 98-98. Kevin wipes the sweat from his brow and wiping his wet hand on his shorts before doing his final free throw routine....   [tags: Athletics, Championship, High School] 1882 words
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Larry Birds' Great Basketball Career - ... These wins show that the Sycamores have potential. Up until their away loss at Missouri State earlier this year, they had another chance to be in the NCAA Tournament, and they even had a chance last season where they had votes for them in mid-February to be ranked in the Top 25(BASKETBALL-M). Jake Odum has been a big factor as both a leader and a player. He started taking a leadership role in his freshman year when he started his first game, his third career game. Since then, Odum has started all of his games (Final chapter is here)....   [tags: indiana state, ncaa, athletes] 1167 words
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