The history of basketball over the years

  • Uniforms
PastUniforms were designed to allow players to be more active, feel cool, and produce less sweat. -Shoes were simple high top sneakers to provide ankle support and less injuries. Converse were the normal type of shoe worn. Tube socks were also popular to wear. Jerseys were made of wool, and shorts were padded.
Shown to the left is Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, his NBA career lasted from 1979-1992
PresentShoes today have features to help players jump and cut across the court easier. Headbands are still in fashion, and the shorts have become knee lengh. The fashion of arm sleeves started in 2000 by Allen Iverson.
Shown to the left is Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks, he was drafted to the NBA in 2002 and still is in the league today.

  • Courts

The first official basketball court was 50ft by 35ft. In the earlier years, basketball was played in barns and ballrooms. Cages were usually needed because the crowd was so close to the players. Before, 1979, there were no 3-point line, it was established that year. The lane was expanded from 6ft to 12ft, and later 16ft because of the dominance of centers. In 1977 basketball implemented a "no charge" rule, which was shown by a semi-circle under the basket.
Above is a detailed picture of a basketball court used today

  • Style of play

Below is highlight tapes from two superstars in the NBA that play the same position, but are from different generations. This is an example of how play the style of play has changed over the years

  • Rule changes 

  • Referees to officiate the games increased from two to three in 1988
  • The 24-second shot clock was introduced in 1954 so teams could not waste too much time off the game clock
  • Once players were ejected from games in the NBA, a $100 fine was givin to them. This was established in 1974
  • Any fight in the NBA would result in a $10,000 fine, and suspension in 1976
  • The number of referees decreased from three back down to two in 1979
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