Basketball is now played by more than 250 million people around the world. Basketball originated in 1891 in Springfield , Massachusetts when James Naismith was assigned to teach PE to a YMCA class. It was winter so he needed a game that could be played indoors. And he wanted a game that wasn’t too aggressive. In his childhood he had played a game called Duck on a Rock where he had to throw small rocks to try to knock off a bigger rock. His new idea was to put up boxes and players had to throw balls into them. When he couldn’t find boxes he used peach baskets. The game spread rapidly and the first professional basketball league started in 1898. All games you ever need are here. Basketball and NBA live streams. Today it is an aggressive and fast team sport typically played indoors on a court.. The objective of the game is pretty simple throw a round basketball through a hoop 10 feet above the ground. There are two teams of five players on court at a time and five players on the sideline for substitution.. The ball is passed or dribbled without travelling or taking too many steps. The defending team tries to steal the ball without fouling the opponent. Today’s game sees the huge success of the NBA (National Basketball Association) as the most premier league in the world. It consists of 30 franchise teams , the players are also known as some of the best paid sportsman in the world. The team in the NBA with the most Titles is the Boston Celtics winning a massive 17 titles, followed closely by the Los Angeles Lakers with 16 and largely behind in third the Chicago Bulls with 6 titles. There are 6 Conferences with various teams. In the Eastern Conference are Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors. The New York Knicks were named for Knickerbockers, pants worn by Dutch settlers in the New York area in the 1600s. In the Western Conference the New Orleans Pelicans are named for the brown pelican, Louisiana’s state bird. You can also see the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs. Teams in the Central Conference include Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks. The name for Chicago Bulls comes from team owner Richard Klein who wanted a name to show Chicago as the meat capital of the world when his son said “Dad, that’s a bunch of bull!”, In the Northwest Conference the Denver Nuggets refers to the mining boom in the 19th century. Other teams include the Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz In the Southeast Conference teams include the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards. The Atlanta Hawks were originally the Tri-Cities Blackhawks after the Indian Blackhawk War. In the Pacific Conference the Clippers were named after great sailing ships in San Diego Bay and they kept the nickname when they moved to LA. Other teams include Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings. College basketball is incredibly popular in NCAAM and NCAAW. Main European leagues include the VTB and BBL.