first professional league was the National Basketball League (NBL), formed in 1898. Its game differed from the college game in that a chicken-wire cage typically surrounded the court, separating players from often hostile fans.
What color was the first basketball?
The first balls made specifically for basketball were brown, and it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball that is now in common use.
How did basketball spread through the US so fast?
Basketball became popular very quickly and its popularity spread widely. The graduates of the YMCA school traveled across the country and introduced their new game to people in towns and cities across the land.
Who was the star of the ABA *?
|James Silas||G||First team: 1975–76 Second team: 1974–75|
|David Thompson||G||ABA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award (1976) 1975–76 ABA Rookie of the Year First team: None Second team: 1975–76|
|Willie Wise||F||First team: None Second team: 1971–72, 1973–74 Defensive team: 1971–72, 1973–74|