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Basketball History

From the game's inventor, Dr. James Naismith and the University of Kansas to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers... Here's a look at the story of the game, from the peach basket days to today.
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Thirteen Rules of Basket Ball
The original rules of the game, as written by Dr. James Naismith in 1891

35 Greatest McDonald's All Americans
To celebrate the 35th annual McDonald's All American game, McDonald's has released a list of the 35 greatest players to participate in the event.

Basketball Association of America (BAA)
Founded in 1947, the Basketball Association of America was a precursor to today's NBA. Six current NBA teams - including the Lakers and Celtics - got their starts as members of the BAA.

Perfect Upset:: The 1985 Villanova vs. Georgetown NCAA Championship
A review of the HBO Sports documentary on the 1985 NCAA Championship game between Villanova and Georgetown.

Guns and the NBA
Gilbert Arenas isn't the first NBA player to be suspended for handling guns irresponsibly. Heck, Arenas' suspension for storing guns in the Wizards' locker room isn't even Agent Zero's first gun-related suspension. Here's a look at some of the most notable incidents in recent years involving NBA players and firearms.

NBA Policy on Firearms
The NBA has a strict policy forbidding players from bringing firearms to any league facility or event, written into the league's collective bargaining agreement in 2005.

Top Basketball Stories of 2010
The biggest basketball stories of 2010: from LeBron's Decision to Gilbert's Guns to Butler's run to the National Championship Game to Kevin Durant and Team USA to UConn's record-setting streak.

Worst Records in NBA History
The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers set the NBA standard for bad, winning just nine of 82 games -- the worst record in league history. A 106-87 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, November 28th put the Nets at 0-17 on the season, and in a three-way tie atop the fut

Worst Starts in NBA History
A brutal start to the 2009-10 season cost Nets coach Lawrence Frank his job, and may land New Jersey one of the NBA's most ignominious records: worst start in NBA history. A 106-87 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, November 28th put the Nets at 0-17 on the season, and in a three-way tie atop the fut

Winningest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson tops the list of the winningest coaches in NBA History.

NBA All-Time Leaders
The NBA's all-time career leaders in scoring, assists, rebounds, blocks, steals, three-pointers and turnovers.

College Basketball's Two-Sport Stars
The most heralded freshman at Ohio State this season may be a basketball walk-on. That'll happen when the walk-on is also the Buckeyes' future quarterback and the third-ranked football prospect in the nation. Can Terrelle Pryor play both sports? Only time will tell, but there's certainly precedent for it. Here's a look at some of the college...

College Basketball's All-Time Records
The official NCAA Basketball all-time records from NCAA.org.

Leaving the Bench - Suspensions During the NBA Playoffs
Nothing will get an NBA player suspended faster than leaving the bench during a fight. Just ask Patrick Ewing and the 1997 New York Knicks, who lost five players to suspension during their 1997 Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Miami Heat.

Classic 80s NBA Posters
The Salon 94 Gallery in New York is presenting a series of classic sports lithographs from the collection of John and Tock Costacos, featuring some of the biggest NBA stars of the late 1980s including Patrick Ewing and Dominique Wilkins.

Worst Losing Streaks in NBA History
The 2010-11 season has been tough on Cavaliers fans -- first they watched LeBron James take his talents to South Beach... then the Cavs set a new NBA mark for futility, losing 24 consecutive games - and counting. Cleveland's dismal stretch eclipsed the previous record of 23 consecutive losses, shared by the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets and the...

Free Darko Presents the Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History
The basketball savants behind the "Free Darko" blog go back go all the way back to James Naismith and the peach baskets, tracing the evolution of the game. "The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History" is at its best when taking on the lesser-known periods of basketball history -- the chapter on pre-NBA barnstorming teams is a highlight.

Top 10 Individual Seasons in NCAA Basketball History
The 10 best individual seasons in college hoop history, ranging from Clyde Lovellette and Bill Russell in the 50s to Kevin Durant in 2006-07. As selected by Andy Katz of ESPN.com.

Can the Heat Win 73?
Can the Miami Heat top the all-time NBA record for wins in a season? Jeff Van Gundy thinks so... what's your take?

College Basketball's All-Time Records
The official NCAA Basketball all-time records from NCAA.org.

Top 10 Individual Seasons in NCAA Basketball History
The 10 best individual seasons in college hoop history, ranging from Clyde Lovellette and Bill Russell in the 50s to Kevin Durant in 2006-07. As selected by Andy Katz of ESPN.com.

LeBron James On NBA’s Mount Rushmore?
LeBron James believes he will finish his basketball career on the NBA Mount Rushmore.

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