Basketball has come such a long, long way that you might not even recognize the very first game. Back in December 1891, founder James Naismith had 2 teams of 9 men square off in a tiny Springfield (MA) gym. After two 15-minute halves of play, the final score was 1-0. No jump shots, no 3-point shots, no dunks, and, if played the way it was designed, no fouls. The players were young students at a YMCA and their top priority was to develop teamwork, not position themselves for an upcoming draft.
This was still a primitive game. Similar to football, the early basketball had laces, making it hard to dribble, and the play on the floor was boring: lots of passing, fouling, missed set shots (jump shots came later), but not much scoring. Who were the Original Celtics? The Rens? And where did the Harlem Globetrotters truly come from (answer: not Harlem)...and where did they first play?