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James Naismith, a teacher at a YMCA in
Springfield, Massachusetts, is credited with inventing basketball in 1891.

The first “hoops” were actually just
peach baskets and the first backboards were made of wire.

The game became an official Olympic
event at the Summer Games in Berlin, Germany in 1936.

Two leagues called the National
Basketball League (NBL) and the Basketball Association of
America (BAA) merged after the 1948-49 season to become
today's National Basketball Association (NBA).

The Boston Celtics have won the most NBA
championships (16), including seven straight from 1960 to 1966.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played 20
seasons in the NBA, holds the record for most points scored in a career with 38,387.

On March 2, 1962, Philadelphia center
Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game against New
York. That is the most one player has ever scored in one game.

Current Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny
Wilkens has won more basketball games than any other coach.

The American Basketball Association
(ABA) was a 10-team rival league to the NBA that began play in
the 1967-68 season and folded nine years later after the
1975-76 season. Four current NBA teams – Indiana, Denver, New
York, and San Antonio – originated in the ABA.

The NBA instituted the three-pointer
before the 1979-80 season, an idea it borrowed from the ABA.

The Chicago Bulls have won all six NBA
Finals in which they've appeared.

Michael Jordan, who retired in January
1999 but returned to the league in 2001, has scored more
points (5,987) in the playoffs than any other player.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, Mass

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