It only seems fitting, considering how basket ball was created by Canadian James Naismith in the December of 1891 for a Springfield Massachusetts’s YMCA. He wanted a game that would keep his students occupied during the cold December months.
So he hung two peach baskets on opposite ends of the gym, laid out some basic rules, handed the students a soccer ball, and set the game of basketball on its way. The sport spread like an epidemic and the National Basketball Association was formed in 1946.
On November 1st, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaves Garden in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; now regarded as the first game played in the league’s history. The NBA now consisted of thirty franchised member clubs; 29 in the USA and 1 in Canada.