Basketball hoops were first made from peach baskets manipulated for basketball. The question is, who made it?
The hoop was invented by the same man who invented basketball, James Naismith.
It was raining in December 1891 when Naismith, a college teacher, couldn’t take his students outside for sports.
Thus, he invented a game that could be played indoors, coining the term “basket ball” and laying out its 13 rules.
The first basketball game was played in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Dec. 21, 1891, with two peach baskets attached by nails 10 feet off the ground and a soccer ball.
The rims of the sport were changed from wicker to metal about a decade after their invention, and the net for the ball to fall through was opened even later–as a result of the consistent retrieval of the ball from the enclosed net without any reason.
It is likely that you will not be able to see any peach baskets like the ones used to create the first basketball hoops in the future, but the spirit of innovation and resourcefulness is still alive and well in the sport today, just as it was when Naismith was working out how to manufacture goals for his game.
The Coronavirus has forced gyms to close, public rims to be taken down, and the sport has been forced all but to shut its doors at the click of a finger as a result of the virus.
There is a struggle to get our hoops fix at the moment, regardless of whether we are players, coaches, spectators, or some combination of these, but there are ways to maintain the passion and improve our game.