Although basketball was invented in the United States, it has been around in England for around the same time. Around 1892 or 1893, the YMCA introduced the game into England where it was developed and began to be played by students. In 1924, Britain won the title when basketball was played at the Paris Olympic Games.
From then on, the sport really took off. Rather like any other phenomenon such as using technology, or playing poker it has proved to be very popular among certain people. A great mark of success for English basketball came in 1957 when the English Basketball Association was formed.
An English National Basketball League was formed for men in 1972, and for women shortly afterwards in 1975. After this, women’s basketball teams were entered into the Olympic Games, as well as professional NBA Players.
In the London Olympics of 2012, Basketball will be played in the Basketball Arena and North Greenwich Arena. This sport is one of the fastest-growing team sports in the world, and is very likely to meet with a great reception and interest at the games.
The basics of the game are as follows. There are two teams, each with five players, and it is played indoors. The court is 28 metres long and 15 metres wide. The basic aim of the game is to shoot the ball into the opposite team’s net, thus scoring points and getting closer to winning the game.
There are various terms which are specific to the game of basketball. These are words such as ‘assist’ which is used when a player passes the ball to a team-mate, who consequently scores a basket. To ‘dunk’ the ball occurs when a player slams it right into the net with one or two hands. It is clearly a very dynamic sport, and provides much entertainment for those who watch it.