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Basketball is a sport that was invented by James Naismith, a Canadian physical education instructor. He created the game in December 1891 so that his students could exercise indoors during the winter months. The original game consisted of two peach baskets mounted on either end of a gymnasium with a soccer ball being used as the ball.

Today, basketball has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon. From NBA superstars like LeBron James to pickup games in the park, basketball is enjoyed all over the world. It has even become a staple of gym class curriculums, much to the chagrin of uncoordinated kids everywhere.

The game has also spawned many memorable moments, such as Michael Jordan’s “flu game” where he scored 38 points while suffering from illness, or when Shaquille O’Neal missed a free throw so badly it hit a fan sitting courtside.

Basketball is also known for its colorful personalities, like the famously rambunctious Dennis Rodman, who dyed his hair every color of the rainbow, and the outspoken LaVar Ball, who famously claimed he would beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one.

Despite its many quirks and eccentricities, basketball remains one of the most beloved sports in the world. And while it may not be for everyone (have you seen the height of those hoops?), there’s no denying that nothing quite compares to the rush of making a game-winning shot or the camaraderie of playing with friends. So next time you see a game of basketball being played, don’t be afraid to join in - just remember to stretch first.