A Google glitch appears to show outspoken NBA father LaVar Ball as the founder of the National Basketball Association. Basketball as we know it was invented by Dr. James Naismith in the late 19th century when he was just a physical education instructor at a YMCA in Springfield, Mass.
When was the first basketball created?
Dr. James Naismith was a Canadian physical education instructor who invented the game of basketball in 1891 while working at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Who was the first to play basketball?
On this day in 1891, the first game of basketball was played at what is now Springfield College. The game was invented by a Canadian, Dr. James Naismith, a versatile athlete, theologian, and physical education instructor, who envisioned "the time when Christian people would recognize the true value of athletics."