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The Famous 13 rules of Basketball

These rules were written on December 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game of Basketball. This 125 year old document was auctioned in 2010 for more than $4 million for charity. The proceeds will benefit the Naismith foundation, which promotes sportsmanship and provides services to underprivileged children around the world.

The first Basketball game played was guided by these 13 rules. It was played with a soccer ball and two teams of nine players each. (There were 18 total students in Naismith’s physical education class). The score of the game was 1-0 and William Chase is credited with the first basket in the history of Basketball; a 25 foot shot in the middle of the 30 minute game.

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History of Basketball

We just recently watched one of the most exciting NBA seasons come to an end. The Black Mamba retired, and the Golden State Warriors finished on top with a historic record of 73-9, breaking the previous 72-10 record of exactly twenty years ago, set by my Chicago Bulls during the 1995-96 season. For some sentimental reason, I did not want the record to be broken. I wanted the Bulls to keep it for how much I enjoyed those seasons in the 90’s. But that’s why the game of Basketball is so exciting, and records, like Michael Jordan stated, are meant to be broken.

I have always enjoyed the Warriors since the Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway, Latrell Sprewell and Chris Mullin days. This Golden State team, led by Stephen Curry, has been surprisingly superior during the past two seasons, eclipsing the big three of Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Cleveland.  My hat’s off to the Golden State Warriors and the coach of the year Steve Kerr.

Nike Kyrie 1 ‘Driveway’ Basketball Shoe-Black/Silver/Green Glow

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Post Play

These two post play drills are from Coach Scott Peterman.

Both drills are overload drills. The “Overload Principle” applies where conditions are created within the drills that are harder for players than game situations.

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All-Star Coach

With the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend in New York around the corner, I am excited to describe five of the must-have attributes of an All-Star basketball coach to be successful. A basketball coach has to be Passionate but Patient on the road to become a winning coach. Developing a winning team takes time and it is a challenging task, even for the greatest coaches.

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Basketball Coaching

A coach is a teacher, and teachers can greatly contribute to the future of our society, more than any other profession. Basketball coaches can teach more than just basketball to our kids, and they need to be aware of the impact they can have in our future generations. The following are the values that should be included in every basketball training program to form, not only great basketball players, but also, people of goodness.

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New Year 2015

The year 2015 is going to be a great year, the best ever. Going through the first weekend of the year, it is not too late to write down your desired goals and be ready and determined to execute your plan persistently to achieve these 5 New Year’s Basketball Resolutions to put yourself at a higher level as a player.

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The game of Basketball is a team sport. All the players in the team are really important, but the most important player at any moment, is the player with the ball. Handling and Dribbling the ball is one of the fundamental skills an elite player must develop to play at any competitive level. With good coaching, and willingness to practice with consistency, dribbling the basketball will become easier and a fun fundamental skill to use everyday on the court.

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Always Stretch before and after exercising.

Stretching is a very important part of training, yet many athletes often skip it, or confuse warming up with stretching. Warming up and stretching are different things, and the two are essential to perform better and prevent injuries during a basketball game, or any other physical activity.

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The ankle is made up of 3 main bones; the lower end of the tibia, or shinbone, and the fibula, or outer bone of the ankle, and the talus that lies between the tibia and the fibula. Holding these structures together are the ankle ligaments that connect one bone to another. Holding the shinbone to the talus bone on the inside of the ankle is a very strong tissue called the deltoid ligament. On the outside of the ankle are 2 smaller ligaments holding the fibula to the talus bone, and 1 ligament from the talus to the calcaneus. Also not to be forgotten are the muscles that surround the ankle that help propel it and allow athletes to run and jump.

The ankle is made up of 3 main bones; the lower end of the tibia, or shinbone, and the fibula, or outer bone of the ankle, and the talus that lies between the tibia and the fibula. Holding these structures together are the ankle ligaments that connect one bone to another. Holding the shinbone to the talus bone on the inside of the ankle is a very strong tissue called the deltoid ligament. On the outside of the ankle are 2 smaller ligaments holding the fibula to the talus bone, and 1 ligament from the talus to the calcaneus or heel bone. Also not to be forgotten are the muscles that surround the ankle that help propel it and allow athletes to run and jump.

Ankle injuries are some of the most common afflictions in sports. According to observations and statistical data from the American College of Sports Medicine, of the 25,000 Americans who suffer from an ankle sprain each day, half of them occur during athletic activity. And more than 40% of that figure, get injured while playing basketball. [click to continue…]

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Getty Images

The NBA is the elite basketball association in the world. It is exclusive to about 450 players maximum since every team has 12 to 15 players in their rosters. Every year an All-Star game is celebrated with the most talented players in the league, chosen by the fans and coaches. Similarly, All-Star games are played in other leagues around the world featuring their best and outstanding players.

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