The history of basketball began with its invention in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith as a less injury-prone sport than football.
Springfield is a city in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States.
James Naismith was a Canadian-American physical educator, physician, chaplain, sports coach and innovator.
Basketball is a sport, generally played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court.
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The game became established fairly quickly and grew very popular as the 20th century progressed, first in America and then in other parts of the world.
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After basketball became established in American colleges, the professional game followed.
A professional is a member of a profession or any person who earns their living from a specified professional activity.
The American National Basketball Association, established in 1946, grew to a multibillion-dollar enterprise by the end of the century, and basketball became an integral part of American culture.
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.