Edward Charles OBannon, Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player, known as a power forward for the UCLA Bruins mens basketball team on their 1995 NCAA championship team. He was the pick in the 1995 National Basketball Association Draft. He spent only two seasons in the NBA, but continued his career for another eight years, mainly playing in Europe. OBannon is the plaintiff in OBannon v. NCAA, an antitrust class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. OBannon averaged 24.6 points,9.7 rebounds in his year at Artesia High School. He led Artesia to a 29–2 record that year, and they won the California Interscholastic Federation Division II state championship. He originally planned to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, when UNLVs mens basketball program was placed on probation due to recruiting improprieties, OBannon rescinded his commitment and instead attended UCLA. Six days before the start of practice at UCLA, OBannon tore his anterior cruciate ligament as he landed awkwardly on a dunk during a pickup game with other Bruins.
He was told he might not be able to walk properly again, in his first year, he came off the bench in 23 games and averaged fewer than four points while never starting. In his second season in 1993, OBannon was named to the first team All-Pacific-10 Conference team, in his junior year, he was named the teams MVP and was again first team All-Pac-10. In his senior year in 1994–95, OBannon was the key to UCLAs 1995 NCAA Basketball Championship, scoring 30 points and taking 17 rebounds and was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player. For the season, he averaged 20.4 points and 8.3 rebounds, earning him the John R. Wooden Award, USBWA College Player of the Year, and the CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Year. He was a consensus first team All-American, Pac-10 co-Player of the Year along with Damon Stoudamire, first team All-Pac-10 for the third consecutive year and his number 31 was retired by UCLA in 1996. He was inducted into UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005, leading up to the 1995 NBA Draft, OBannon hoped to be drafted by a team on the west coast.
Selected ninth overall by the New Jersey Nets, he signed a three-year, in his two professional seasons, he was unable to find a place in the NBA, being too lean to play down low and not quick enough with his rebuilt knees to guard the perimeter. His knee started to break down and he averaged 6.2 and 4.2 points per game respectively with the Nets and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in his second and final NBA season, where he had even less of an impact. In September 1997 he was traded along with Derek Harper to the Orlando Magic and it wasnt injury, it was confidence, OBannon said about his NBA career. I missed shots, got pulled from games, it affected my defense, former Nets teammate Armon Gilliam said, Hes a guy who didnt find his niche in the NBA
Theophalus Curtis Theo Ratliff is an American retired professional basketball player who last played with the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. Primarily a center, he was an excellent shot-blocker who had led the three times in blocks per game. As of 2011, he is ranked 18th all-time in career blocks, at Wyoming, Ratliff had a successful career, finishing as the career leader in blocked shots. He accumulated 425 blocked shots in his career as a Cowboy, Ratliff was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. Ratliff was selected with the 18th pick of the 1995 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, during the 1997–98 season he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He played in Philadelphia for three seasons, and was voted Eastern Conference reserve center of the 2001 All-Star Game, but was unable to due to injury. He was a key fixture on the 2000–01 Sixers team that made it to the NBA finals and he missed most of the next season due to injury, but rebounded to post 262 blocks the next year with the Hawks.
His best year as a pro was 2003–04, when he recorded a league-leading 307 blocked shots, during that season he was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers, along with Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Dan Dickau, for Rasheed Wallace and Wesley Person. After the 2004 season, he signed a contract extension with the Blazers but was not as effective in 2004–05. In July 2007, he was traded along with Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, in February 2008 Ratliff was waived by the Timberwolves, and he rejoined the Detroit Pistons in March. Ratliff returned to the Philadelphia 76ers for 2008–09 season, in the offseason he was signed by the San Antonio Spurs. In February 2010, he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for a projected 2nd round draft pick in 2016, Ratliff was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers on July 22,2010 to a 1-year deal. In December 2011, Ratliff retired from basketball, Ratliff won numerous awards during his career. He is the owner of the Rome Gladiators. com profile Basketball-Reference profile
The Toronto Raptors are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Raptors compete in the National Basketball Association, as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. The team was established in 1995, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, when the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee to become the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Raptors became the only Canadian-based team in the NBA. They originally played their games at the SkyDome, before moving eastward along Bremner Boulevard to the Air Canada Centre in 1999. Carter was instrumental in leading the team to a then-franchise high 47 wins and their first playoff win in 2001. During the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, they failed to make significant progress, after Carter left, Chris Bosh emerged as the team leader. In the 2007–08 season, they advanced to the playoffs again, after Masai Ujiri was brought in as the new General Manager in 2013, he traded Bargnani to the New York Knicks. With a backcourt led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors returned to the playoffs, won their second Atlantic Division title, they failed for a fourth consecutive time to advance beyond the first round of the playoffs.
In the 2015–16 season, they won a franchise record 56 games and Allan Slaight of Slaight Communications each owned 44%, with the Bank of Nova Scotia, David Peterson, and Phil Granovsky being minority partners. Wagering on NBA games in Ontario nearly cost Toronto the expansion franchise, as a result, a nationwide contest was held to help name the team and develop their colours and logo. Over 2,000 entries were narrowed down to eleven prospects, Bobcats, Grizzlies, Raptors, Scorpions, T-Rex, the name Raptor is a common informal name for the velociraptor, a swift medium-sized dromaeosaurid theropod non-avian dinosaur. On May 24,1994, the logo and first General Manager. As part of the deal, Thomas received an option to purchase part of the team and he would purchase 4. 5% in May 1995 and a further 4. 5% in December 1995, half each from Bitove and Slaight, decreasing their share to 39. 5%. The teams colours of red, purple and silver were revealed, Naismith silver was chosen as an ode to Canadian James Naismith.
As General Manager, Isiah Thomas quickly staffed the management positions with his own personnel, the teams roster was filled as a result of an expansion draft in 1995. Following a coin flip, Toronto was given first choice and selected Chicago Bulls point guard, Armstrong refused to report for training and Thomas promptly traded him to the Golden State Warriors for power forwards Carlos Rogers and Victor Alexander. Thomas selected a range of players in the expansion draft, including veterans Jerome Kersey, Willie Anderson. Subsequent to the draft, the Raptors landed the seventh pick in the NBA draft lottery, behind their fellow 1995 expansion club
Eric Snow is an American retired professional basketball player and businessman. He is currently an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic University, a position he has held since May of 2014 and he came to FAU after two seasons at SMU where he worked under Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown as the Director of Player Development. Snow began his career at Canton McKinley High School in Canton. He was McKinley High Schools MVP for three straight seasons, Snow attended college at Michigan State University. He played varsity basketball at Michigan State under head coach Jud Heathcote, in his senior season, the Spartans earned a #3 seed to the 1995 NCAA Tournament, but they were upset in the first round by Weber State University. After college, Snow was chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks in the round of the 1995 NBA draft. He was immediately traded to the Seattle SuperSonics, where he played sparingly for the next two-and-one-half seasons, on January 18,1998, Snow was acquired from Seattle by the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a second-round draft pick.
At the time of the trade, Snow was averaging just 4.4 minutes per game, in his first full season in Philadelphia, he started every game he played in and averaged 35.8 minutes per game. During the following season, Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant stated that nobody in the league defended him better than Snow, in 2002–03, Snow posted career highs in points per game, rebounds per game, minutes per game, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. He averaged 6.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2002–03, on July 20,2004, Snow was traded to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kevin Ollie and Kedrick Brown. He was suspended without pay for a December 18,2004 game against the Boston Celtics after a confrontation with Paul Silas and it was the only game that Snow missed in his first three years with the Cavaliers. He had a season-high 16 points on January 22,2005 against the Golden State Warriors, Snow ranked fifth in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio, he donated $20 for every one of his steals and assists during the 2004–05 season.
Snow played in and started all 82 games for the Cavaliers in the 2005-06 season and he started all 13 playoff games for the Cavaliers. He scored 18 points in a Game 5 victory over the Washington Wizards during the first round of the playoffs, the following season, for the fifth and final time in his career, Snow played in all 82 games. He had a season high 18 points on January 13,2007 against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cavaliers made the NBA Finals and lost to the San Antonio Spurs in a sweep that year. In his 13th NBA season, Snow was named team co-captain, Snow only played in 22 games that season. On March 11,2008, it was announced that Snow would miss four to six due to arthritic-related symptoms in his left knee. After the injury, Snow conceded that he likely would not play in the NBA again, unable to play, but still listed as an active player on the Cavaliers roster, Snow served on Head Coach Mike Browns staff as an unofficial assistant coach, for the 2008-09 season
Corliss Mondari Williamson is an American basketball coach and former basketball player who played for four teams during his 12-year NBA career. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic and his nickname is Big Nasty, a moniker he received from his AAU coach when he was 13. Williamson was a power forward in college, but became an undersized power forward in the NBA. Corliss Williamson played basketball at Russellville High School, where he achieved numerous accolades and he was a three-time all-conference and all-state selection, and was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992. Prior to his year, Williamson held his own against future teammate Chris Webber in an AAU championship game. As a senior Williamson averaged twenty-eight points and nine rebounds per game, in the title game, Russellville defeated a team led by Jason Kidd, with Williamson blocking a potential game-winner by Kidd at the buzzer. Williamson was named tournament MVP, but gave his medal to Kidd at the award podium, Williamson closed out his high school career with a selection to play in the 1992 McDonalds All-American Game.
He came in second in scoring to game MVP Othella Harrington, with fourteen points and his #34 jersey has been retired by Russellville High and hangs on the wall of the schools arena, along with his McDonalds All-American jersey. Williamson played at the University of Arkansas for head coach Nolan Richardson from 1992 to 1995, in the 1992–93 season, Williamson led Arkansas to a 22–9 record and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing to the eventual national champion, the North Carolina Tar Heels. Williamson averaged 14.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, Williamson led the team into the championship game in 1995 as well, but Arkansas lost to UCLA, finishing 32–7. In three seasons at Arkansas, Williamson was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 1993, and was 1st Team All-SEC in 1993,1994, and 1995. He was named the SEC Player of the Year for the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, in addition to the 1994 NCAA National Championship, Williamson led the Razorbacks to the SEC West Division title all three seasons, and the SEC regular season championship in 1994 and 1995.
Williamson finished his career at Arkansas with 1,728 points, Williamson was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. His jersey is one of two that have ever been retired by the University of Arkansas, along with Sidney Moncrief. He is considered one of the five greatest players in school history, Williamson declared for the NBA Draft following his junior season, and was selected by the Sacramento Kings as a lottery pick in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft. His best career year was in the 1997–98 season when he played 79 games and averaged 17.7 points per game for the Kings, although coming off the bench, Williamson served a pivotal role in the Detroit offense. Williamson has the distinction of being one of the few basketball players to win national championships at three different levels, AAU, the NCAA with Arkansas, and the NBA with Detroit. Williamson announced his retirement in September,2007 to become an assistant coach at Arkansas Baptist College and he worked as a volunteer coach during his three years at Arkansas Baptist, succeeding Charles Ripley as the head coach for his final season at the school
The history of basketball is traced back to a YMCA International Training School, known today as Springfield College, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The date of the first formal basketball game played at the Springfield YMCA Training School under Naismiths rules is generally given as December 21,1891, Basketball began to spread to college campuses by 1893. Governing bodies in Canada include U Sports and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, each of these various organizations are subdivided into from one to three divisions based on the number and level of scholarships that may be provided to the athletes. The first basketball games in the United States were played at YMCAs in 1891 and 1892, by 1893, the game was being played on college campuses. The original rules for basketball were very different from todays modern rules of the sport, in the beginning James Naismith established 13 original rules, The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands, but never with the fist, a player cannot run with the ball.
The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, the ball must be held by the hands. The arms or body must not be used for holding it, no shouldering, pushing, striking, or tripping in any way of an opponent is allowed. A foul will be called when a player is seen striking at the ball with the fist, or when violations of rules 3 and 4, if either side makes three consecutive fouls it shall count as a goal for the opponents. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there, if the ball rests on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a goal. When the ball out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field. In case of dispute the umpire shall throw it straight into the field, the thrower-in is allowed five seconds. If he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent, if any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on them. The umpire shall be the judge of the men and shall note the fouls and he shall have power to disqualify men according to rule 5.
The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, to side it belongs. He shall decide when a goal has been made and keep account of the goals, the time shall be two fifteen-minute halves, with five minutes rest between. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner, the following is a list of some of the major NCAA Basketball rule changes with the year they went into effect. The first known college to field a team against an outside opponent was Vanderbilt University
Antonio Keithflen McDyess is an American retired professional basketball player. Listed at 69 and 245 lbs, McDyess played as a power forward. McDyess was born in Quitman and attended the University of Alabama, as a prep, McDyess was one of the top 30 players nationally, and made the Magic Johnson Roundball Classic. McDyess played college basketball at the University of Alabama, as a sophomore, he led the Crimson Tide in scoring and rebounding, and was considered the SECs best big man. He decided to forgo his two years of college to enter the 1995 NBA draft. McDyesss explosive leaping and power dunking ability allowed him to average 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game over his first six seasons, in 1997, before his third year, McDyess was traded to the Phoenix Suns. He helped the Suns to a 56–26 record during his season in Phoenix. He became an agent prior to the lockout–shortened 1998–99 season. The move was however, because after he had verbally agreed to return to Denver. According to Sports Illustrated, Jason Kidd, Rex Chapman, McDyess was attending a Colorado Avalanche game with Nuggets President and General Manager Dan Issel, and Issel told security to not let the three Suns players into the building.
Without any further consultation, he re–signed with the Nuggets, considered an up and comer, he was selected to be a part of the gold–winning U. S. Olympic mens basketball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2000–01, McDyess was named an All–Star and became just the third Nugget to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds for a season, after Dan Issel in 1977–78 and George McGinnis in 1978–79. Early in the 2001–2002 season McDyess suffered a knee injury, a Patellar tendon rupture. McDyess struggled to play through the injury, re–aggravating it several times and he was sidelined due to injury for the remainder of the 2001–2002 season as well as the entire 2002–2003 NBA season. McDyess was traded to the Knicks on June 26,2002 in exchange for Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and the rights to Nenê. McDyess began the 2002–2003 season as a highly anticipated addition to the New York Knicks, but on October 8,2002, with 1 minute 55 seconds left in an exhibition game against Phoenix, McDyess reinjured the knee while dunking a rebound.
He would undergo another surgery four days later, in the 2003–2004 season, McDyess was traded to the Phoenix Suns after just 18 games with the Knicks in an eight–player deal that brought Stephon Marbury to New York. He remained healthy while in Phoenix for the remainder of the 2003–04 season and that off-season, his knee was declared healthy and the Detroit Pistons signed him for the full mid–level exception
He has worked as an NBA TV analyst. Stackhouse was a player from the time he was a sophomore in high school. He was the player of the year for North Carolina in 1991–1992. His senior year, he played for Oak Hill Academy with future college teammate Jeff McInnis and he was a two-time first team Parade All-America selection, and was the MVP of the McDonalds Game. At the 1992 Nike Camp, was considered along with Rasheed Wallace to be the top player at the camp, there were some who considered Stackhouse the top prep player to come out of North Carolina since Michael Jordan. Stackhouse attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he was a teammate of future NBA players Rasheed Wallace, Jeff McInnis and Shammond Williams. In his sophomore season at UNC, Stackhouse led the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game and he led UNC to a Final Four appearance and was named as the National Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and earned first-team All-America and All-ACC honors. While playing for Tar Heels, he was coached by Dean Smith, following the season, Stackhouse declared his eligibility for the 1995 NBA draft.
Even though he left UNC after two years, he continued working on his degree and received his bachelors degree in African American Studies in 1999, Stackhouse was selected in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft with the third pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. At one time he was hyped as the Next Jordan since both players played at North Carolina, went #3 in the draft, were listed at 66, looked similar physically, and had similarly acrobatic games. Coincidentally, both had a power forward from UNC drafted immediately after them in the #4 spot, Sam Perkins in 1984. In his first season with the 76ers, Stackhouse led his team with a 19.2 points per game average, in the 1996–97 season, the 76ers drafted Allen Iverson. Combined, the two posted 44.2 points per game for the Sixers, midway through the 1997–98 season, Stackhouse was dealt to the Detroit Pistons with Eric Montross for Theo Ratliff, Aaron McKie and future considerations. By the 1999–2000 season, his full season with the Pistons. A year later, he had an average of 29.8 points per game.
In a late season victory over the Chicago Bulls, he set the Pistons franchise record, Stackhouse saw his final action as a Piston with Detroits elimination in the second round of the 2001–02 NBA playoffs. During the 2002 offseason, Stackhouse was traded to the Washington Wizards in a six-player deal, in his first season with Washington, Stackhouse led the Wizards in points and assists per game with 21.5 and 4.5 respectively. He missed most of the 2003–04 season while recovering from surgery on his right knee
Jackson State University
Jackson State University is a historically Black college and university in Jackson, United States. It was founded during the Reconstruction era in 1877 in Natchez, the Society moved the school to the capital, Jackson, in 1882, renaming it Jackson College. It developed its present campus in 1902 and it became a state-supported public institution in 1940. The university is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Jackson State University is classified as a research university with high research activity. In the fall of 2015, Jackson State University reached a student population of nearly 10,000 students, the university ranked as the fourth-largest HBCU in the nation. The campus contains 51 academic and administrative buildings on 245 acres, the main campus is located on JR Lynch Street between Prentiss and Dalton streets in the central region of the city. Ayer Hall was constructed in 1903 and is the oldest structure on campus and it was named in honor of the first president of the institution.
The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, green-Gibb Pedestrian Walkway was named in honor of those who died in the Jackson State killings in 1970. The Walter Payton Health & Wellness Center was constructed in 2006. E. B, du Bois Honors College School of Life Long Learning In 2015, JSU became the first university in Mississippi approved by the legislature to establish a School of Public Health. JSU is the university in Mississippi to earn two consecutive Apple Distinguished School distinctions. Apple Inc. biennially acknowledges schools that uniquely incorporate technology into its curriculum, since 2012, Jackson State University has provided all first-time, full-time freshmen brand new iPads to increase technology usage on campus. JSU is the first and only HBCU in Mississippi to support a bachelors and masters level engineering program, JSU is one of only two universities in Mississippi with a comprehensive meteorology degree program. Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked JSU as among the top universities in the nation for producing African Americans with bachelors degrees in education, biology, du Bois Honors College is a selective interdisciplinary college at the university that provides an unique academic experience for high-achieving undergraduate students.
Jackson State University consistently ranks in the top 20 of HBCUs out of over 100 in the according to the U. S. News & World Report annual HBCU ranking. Athletic teams are a member of the NCAA Division I-FCS Southwestern Athletic Conference, all SWAC sports are DI with Football being FCS. Currently, the university teams in mens and womens basketball, softball, tennis and bowling, womens volleyball. The universitys mascot is the Tiger, and the teams are referred to as the Blue Bengals. The Tiger mens football team has a history and sharing 16 SWAC titles
Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American former professional basketball player who played the power forward and center positions for 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association. In high school, Garnett was a 1995 McDonalds All-American at Farragut Career Academy and he entered the 1995 NBA draft, where he was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years. Garnett made an impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves, leading them to eight consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, he led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals, Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star Games, winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003, and is currently tied for third-most All-Star selections in NBA history. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007–08, Garnett holds several Timberwolves franchise records. In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Garnett joined the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade, in his first year with the Celtics, he helped lead them to the NBA championship, while finishing in third place for the MVP award.
In 2013, Garnett was included in a second headline trade that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets with longtime Celtic Paul Pierce, in 2015, Garnett was traded back to Minnesota. He announced his retirement from basketball in September 2016, Garnett was born on May 19,1976, in Greenville, South Carolina, to Shirley Garnett. He was the second of his mothers three children, Garnetts mother never married his father, OLewis McCullough, with their relationship ending shortly after his birth. Garnett grew up with his mother and stepfather, Ernest Irby, with whom he didnt get along, Garnett fell in love with the sport of basketball while attending Hillcrest Middle School, although he did not play organized basketball until high school. In his first three years of school, Garnett attended Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South Carolina. However, during the summer before his year of high school. Although not directly involved, Garnett was one of three students arrested for second-degree lynching, a charge that was expunged through a pre-trial intervention.
Due to the racially charged incident and fearful of being a target, Garnett decided to leave Mauldin High and transferred to Farragut Career Academy in Chicago and he led Farragut to a 28–2 record and was named National High School Player of the Year by USA Today. He was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois after averaging 25.2 points,17.9 rebounds,6.7 assists and 6.5 blocks while shooting 66. 8% from the field. In four years of school, Garnett posted an impressive 2,553 points,1,809 rebounds and 737 blocked shots. In high school, Garnett played alongside Ronnie Fields, who became a professional basketball player. To mark the 35th anniversary of the McDonalds All-American High School Boys Basketball Game, Garnetts decision not to play college basketball was influenced in part by his failure to score well enough on the ACT test to meet NCAA requirements for freshman eligibility
Basketball is a non-contact team sport played on a rectangular court by two teams of five players each. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line. A team can score via free throws, which are worth one point, the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate and it is a violation to lift, or drag, ones pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling. The game has many techniques for displaying skill—ball-handling, passing, dunking, shot-blocking.
The point guard directs the on court action of the team, implementing the coachs game plan, Basketball is one of the worlds most popular and widely viewed sports. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague, the FIBA Basketball World Cup attracts the top national teams from around the world. Each continent hosts regional competitions for teams, like EuroBasket. The FIBA Womens Basketball World Cup features the top womens basketball teams from continental championships. The main North American league is the WNBA, whereas the EuroLeague Women has been dominated by teams from the Russian Womens Basketball Premier League, in early December 1891, Canadian Dr. He sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied, after rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball and these laces could cause bounce passes and dribbling to be unpredictable.
Eventually a lace-free ball construction method was invented, and this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith, dribbling was not part of the original game except for the bounce pass to teammates. Passing the ball was the means of ball movement. Dribbling was eventually introduced but limited by the shape of early balls. Dribbling only became a part of the game around the 1950s