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Posted Dec 30 2012 6:38am
Basketball is one of the few Olympic sports the origins of which can be traced cheap authentic nfl jerseys back to one man - and with an accurate date. In December 1891, James Naismith, a physical education teacher at the YMCA School. Springfield, Massachusetts, came up with the rules for basketball as a vigorous sport to keep his students occupied and fit during the New England winters. Naismith gave his students an association football to play with and nailed pear baskets (that had to be emptied after each point) to the wall.
The sport stayed like that for years. The fast-paced dribbling that we are all familiar with today only became part of the game as recently as the 1950s. It owes its place cheap nfl jerseys china in the game to the advance of modern technology and the creation of a perfectly cylindrical ball, with no laces (such as association footballs had at the time) to hinder the bounce and, therefore, the control of the ball. Basketball was introduced as an Olympic event for men in 1936 and, since its inclusion, the USA have been the team to beat.
But they have not enjoyed a flawless record; the Soviet Union have twice denied them gold (in 1972 and 1988), while Yugoslavia have also helped themselves to the Olympic title, at nfl football jerseys the 1980 Games. In Athens in 2004, the USA were trumped by Argentina (gold) and Italy (silver). Women have played Basketball at the Games since 1976, when the Soviet Union won gold from the USA.
They took gold again in 1980, but the USA have won every Games since then, bar Barcelona 1992, when they finished third behind a Unified team of former Soviet republics and China. When the sport's governing body FIBA approved a rule that NBA players could represent their nations at the Olympics, the USA fielded a men's ?Dream Team' at the 1992 Barcelona Games. The squad of 12 players included 10 who would be named in the 1996 '50 Greatest Players in NBA History'. The team possessed such legends of the sport as Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.
Basketball at the 2012 Games will be played at the purpose-built, 12,000-capacity Basketball Arena in London's Olympic Park and North Greenwich's 02 Arena. The men's and women's events will each feature 12 nations and the USA again looks likely to field a star-studded men's team for the London Games, with the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade all confirmed and eager to retain their country's gold medal.
There are 3,395 dimples on a Spalding basketball ? The USA ?Dream Team? of 1992 won the gold medal without calling a time-out during the whole tournament ? In the original rules of Basketball, there was no such thing as a three-pointer. All baskets scored one point, no matter from where the shot was taken ? The backboard was invented to stop fans in old viewing galleries from interfering with the ball on its way to the basket ? The current tallest professional basketball player is China?s Yao Ming at 7ft 6in tall
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