Diffusion of Basketball

Events

1. Sport of basketball invented by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts

Approx. 1891

2. First professional basketball game in Trenton, NJ

1896

3. Basketball is in Olympics for the first time in Berlin, Germany

1936

4. First Basketball Association of America game between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knicks in Toronto

1946

5. San Diego and Seattle get their first professional teams

1967

6. Milwaukee Bucks are added as a new expansion team

1968

7. Dallas Mavericks expansion team is created

1980

8. US Dream Team wins the gold medal in the Barcelona Olympics

1992

9. NBA creates an expansion team in Vancouver, Canada

1994

10. Yao Ming is first basketball player from China to be drafted first overall

2002