One of the most iconic aspects of basketball is the slam dunk. Nothing is quite impressive as watching someone swerve through the defense with complete and utter control of the ball, only to soar towards the hoop and triumphantly dunk the ball through the net, landing to enjoy the glory of the feat that they have just accomplished. However, did you know that slam dunking was not always considered legal?
The practice was deemed unsportsmanlike in the year 1967, arguably in an attempt to level the playing field after the increasing dominance of black players who often used slam dunks to score a lot of points. However, nine years later it was legalized again; sports officials realized that they had taken away one of the most exciting aspects of the game, and the entire sport would suffer if slam dunking remained illegal.
People often assume that basketball is an American invention because of the fact that it is such an iconic aspect of the nation’s sporting pastime, not to mention the fact that pretty much every single basketball reference site is going to talk about the game as if it belonged to America entirely. However, basketball is not an American invention at all. Quite on the contrary, it was invented by none other than a Canadian! This Canadian was a gym teacher named James Naismith. Naismith found that the constant rains made it difficult for him to let his kids plays sports, and playing soccer indoors usually resulted in a lot of injuries. Hence, he invented basketball so that there would be a sport that his kids could play indoors and, well, the rest is history! The sport caught on and is now one of the most widely watched sports in the world.