Celebrating 125 Years of Basketball

To celebrate Dr. Naismith and his legacy, Naismith Trophy award winners have weighed in on what the man and the game means to them

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Dr. James Naismith

Dr. James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 after seeing the need for more indoor sports options during the cold months of winter. With a soccer ball, two peach baskets and a set of rules, the sport was born.

“I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals in some out-of-the-way place.”

– James Naismith