Grade 8 Unit 1 Topic 2 Section C

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the United States and other parts of the world. It has a history of over a century. The inventor of basketball, James Naismith, came from Canada. He invented basketball for his students in 1891. At first, it was an indoor game so that students could play in bad weather.
Basketball soon became very popular. In 1946 the National Basketball Association (NBA) came into being. There were many great basketball stars in the NBA. For many years they were all Americans. But now many good players come from other countries.
Basketball is both an indoor and outdoor game. It is a team sport with two teams of five players each. The goal is to throw the ball through the other side’s basket and to stop the other team from doing so. You can throw it from any part of the court with one hand or both hands. You can also pass the ball to your teammates. But you must follow the rules. For example, you can’t hold the ball and run with it. To win basketball games, you should have good skills. But it is more important for you and the other players to play as a team. You are sure to enjoy playing this popular sport.

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