Basketball is a very popular team sport that is followed closely by sports news providers. The game consists of two teams that compete against one another to score the maximum number of goals within a stipulated period of time. Both the teams consist of five players each who try to score these points by passing the ball through the 10foot high hoop also called the ‘goal’. There are a set of organized rules that all these players must play by.
One of the most popular games across the world, points in basketball are scored by shooting the ball through the basket by the means of either throwing the ball from across a distance or by dunking or slamming the ball through the basket ring. The ball is advanced between players by passing it or by dribbling it. There are restrictions that foresee any disorderly physical contact or violating the means through which the ball is passed resulting in a foul.
At the end of the given time the team that makes the highest score is declared the winner, however, at times in the event of a tie, an overtime or additional time may be given to conclude the game.
There are several strategies that are implemented to advance the standing of the team and increase its chances of winning. Positioning of players, throwing and dribbling techniques, defense and offence strategies all play a very vital role in this. It has been seen that mostly the tallest player in the team is positioned in the centre or in the forward positions and the guard positions are given to players who are adept at handling the ball well or are high on speed.
Basketball originated in the early 1800’s and has significantly evolved sine. Initially played with a soccer ball, the basketball design kept changing. Finally in the 1950’s the orange basketball was designed and continues to be is play.
Basketball too, much like American football, initially developed and rose to popularity as a college game. The first inter-college basketball match is said to held in 1895 in Hamline University. As basketball increasingly began to be in sports news the need for a basketball association arose. This led to the formation of the Basketball Association of America in 1946. The name of this association was then changed to the National Basketball Association following its merger with the National Basketball League in 1949.
The National Basketball Association or the NBA as it is more popularly known consists of 30 teams from North America and zone team from Canada. The NBA is the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States as decided by the International Basketball Federation. The regular NBA basketball season sees a total of 82 games being played by each team. Of these 41 games are played in the team’s home base and the rest in other locations.
Some of the most comprehensive basketball sports news is given in Sporting News, which is an American sports news magazine. It follows the NBA games closely and also gives an unofficial, yet very widely publicized, “Executive of the Year” award to the general manager of the best performing team.