Basketball was invented in 1891 by  Dr. James Naismith,  a Canadian physical education instructor. 

 The first game was played using a soccer ball and two peach baskets, with the baskets hung from balconies on either end of the gymnasium.

1. The sport was included in the Olympics for the first time in 1936. 2. The NBA (National Basketball Association) was formed in 1949.

The sport is now more popular than ever, with fans tuning in to watch their favorite players and teams from all around the world.