9. Manute Bol once was a herdsman in his youth, he had killed a slept lion with a spear. This is something his agent noted while negotiating his contracts!
10. Pat Summitt has won eight national championships and recorded more than 1,000 victories. She is inducted in both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Baskeball Hall of Fame. The basketball court at the University of Tennessee is named The Summitt in her honor.
11. In 1950, Harold Hunter became the first African American to enter the NBA.
12. Dennis Rodman, the rebounding monster’s father had over 26 children with 16 different women
13. Before WWII, basketball was only popular in the United States especially at the school and college. After WWII, it became popular around the world. In the 1980s, the game truly went viral because of television exposure.
14. Why a backboard was added? Because the audience in the balcony used to handle the ball to interfere the game.
15. In its earliest days, basketballs were all brown color. It wasn’t until the orange ball appearenced in the 1950s. Today, prominent leagues like the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) even use multi-coloured basketballs!
16. The first baskets were peach baskets and their bottoms were not open until 1913. Before this time, people had to retrieve the ball after each scored, the referee had to climb a ladder to get the ball.