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A Canadian Invented Basketball


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The best basketball players in the world come from the United States.

However, Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian, is credited with inventing the sport in 1891.

Naismith invented the game for a group of young people to play inside during the cold winters in Springfield, Massachusetts, the town in which he was a teacher at the time.

The first basketball game was played using peach baskets and a ball.


to be credited with: to be responsible for (inventing, making, producing).


  1. Canadians are getting better at basketball. Steve Nash was the NBA’s most valuable player in 2005 and 2006.