Early American Basketball

From James Naismith's tiny gym in Springfield, MA, to a world stage! But take note: the early game had its drawbacks! The game was boring, the fans could be cruel (netting was required to protect the players), leagues came and went, the pro game was second banana to ice shows and hockey games, and like football, the college game attracted more fans. Check out Naismith's list of rules and those that changed over time, the dynasties, where teams first assembled, and the leagues that preceded the NBA.