The history of basketball begins with the invention of the game in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts in the United States. The game became established fairly quickly, becoming very popular as the 20th century progressed, first in America and then throughout the world. After basketball became established in American colleges, the professional game followed; the American National Basketball Association (NBA), established in 1949, grew to a multibillion dollar enterprise by the end of the century, and basketball became an integral part of American culture.

FIBA (the International Basketball Federation) was founded in 1932, basketball became an Olympic sport in 1936, and non-American teams and players progressed to match and sometimes exceed American standards of play in the later 20th century and the 21st.

It was the YMCA that had a major role in spreading basketball throughout the United States, Canada, and the world. In 1893, Mel Rideout arranged the first European match in Paris, in Montmartre. At the same time, Bob Gailey went to Tientsin, China [9]), Duncan Patton to India, Genzabaro Ishikawa to Japan, and C. Hareek to Persia. ( Source Wikipedia )

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