Basketball and Its Greatest Players by Britannica Educational Publishing,Sherman Hollar

By Britannica Educational Publishing,Sherman Hollar

Drawing crowds for its monitors of either uncooked athleticism and extraordinary showmanship, basketball has turn into the most fascinating spectator activities within the usa, in addition to the realm. avid gamers popular for his or her maneuverability and skill—“Air” Jordan and his vintage acrobatic strikes, for instance—have intensified the extent of festival in specialist leagues and encouraged daily lovers to “shoot hoops” in pleasant video games. This enticing quantity examines the heritage and evolution of basketball and a few of its such a lot influential gamers.

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Originally designed as an indoor game for Naismith’s students to play in the winter, basketball has since evolved in many respects. Although it is still enjoyed by students and casual athletes both indoors and out, its national and international appeal has escalated dramatically. The National Basketball Association (NBA) can be credited with much of this change. While it competed with other professional leagues in its early years, it eventually emerged as the primary professional league for male players in the United States and transformed the game.

Where he earned national player of the year honors before opting to forgo college and enter the 1996 NBA draft. Chosen by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick in the draft, Bryant was traded to the Lakers and soon proved his merit with the team. In just his second season, he was selected for the NBA All-Star Game, becoming the league’s youngest-ever all-star. Under the leadership of Phil Jackson, who became coach of the Lakers in 1999, Bryant, a shooting guard, and his all-star teammate Shaquille O’Neal, a center, meshed into a remarkably effective combination, and by the time Bryant was 23, the Lakers had won three consecutive NBA championships.

6 points a game. 5 average. In an era when the professional game was known for its rough play, the lanky and nearsighted Mikan, wearing thick protective goggles, hardly looked the part of a basketball star. However, despite numerous broken bones and countless cuts and bruises, Mikan thrived in the sport. With Mikan at center, the Lakers won six championships from 1947–48 through 1953–54 (1950–51 season excepted). After retiring as a player, he coached the Lakers for part of the 1957–58 season and later served as commissioner of the ABA.

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