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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.

Basketball in Canada: From Naismith To Nash __ Video, audio, articles, resources and much more. - illustrated - From cbc.ca - http://archives.cbc.ca/sports/more_sports/topics/3771/

Basketball History: Dr. James Naismith, Basketball Inventor __ "Dr. James Naismith is known world-wide as the inventor of basketball. He was born in 1861 in Ramsay township, near Almonte, Ontario, Canada. The concept of basketball was born from Naismith's school days in the area where he played a simple child's game known as duck-on-a-rock outside his one-room schoolhouse."  You will find a good article and more. - illustrated - From Kansas Heritage Group - http://www.kansasheritage.org/people/naismith.html

Basektball History - history-of-basketball __ A general look at the game and its history. - illustrated - From history-of-basketball.com - http://www.history-of-basketball.com/   

Basketball Shoes ( a history ) __ "At KG, we break down the history of basketball sneakers into 4 main categories we call "ERA's". These overlapping time periods will help us get a more organized look at how far we've come. Perhaps, it may also aid us in understanding where we are going." - illustrated - From kicksguide.com - http://www.kicksguide.com/guides/kicksology.asp

Basketball Timeline __ Annotated timeline of basketball history. - From sports-facts.com - http://www.sports-facts.com/basketball/history/basketball_timeline.htm

Division I Men's Basketball Championship History - NCAA.com __ A simple list of winners from 1939 through 2011. - From ncaa.com - http://www.ncaa.com/history/basketball-men/d1

European Basketball: A Developing History __ A good article which is a brief summary of European basketball history. - From bleacherreport.com - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/201402-european-basketball-a-developing-history 

Historical Timeline of Women's Basketball __ Annotated timeline of women's basketball history.  Therre are embedded links in some of the annotations leading to related topics. - From wbhof.com - http://www.wbhof.com/timeline.html 

History of Basketball __ A brief, general overview of basketball history. - From thinkquest.org - http://library.thinkquest.org/10615/no-frames/basketball/history.html

History of basketball __ You will find an encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_basketball

History of Basketball __ "Naismith was instructed to devise a game that could be played inside during the cold winter months that bridged football and baseball. He wanted to devise a game that emphasized skill rather than one that would depend solely on strength."  A good overview of basketball history, famous teams, players, more. - illustrated - From .basketballsbest.com - http://www.basketballsbest.com/history.htm

The History of Basketball __ "The First basketball type game may have been played by the early Olmec people of ancient Mexico as early as 500 years go."  A general history of the game.  But with human skulls? - From nbahoopsonline.com - http://www.nbahoopsonline.com/Articles/History1.html   


History of Basketball Coaching 1922 to 2006 __ A general history of basketball coaching. - From guidetocoachingbasketball.com - http://www.guidetocoachingbasketball.com/history.htm 

History of basketball and College Basketball history __ Learn about the five most important events in basketball and why the game is where it is today. - illustrated - From betterbasketball.com - http://www.betterbasketball.com/history-of-basketball/

History of Basketball - James Naismith __ "James Naismith was the Canadian physical education instructor who invented basketball in 1891."  A biography along with links to additional resources. - from about.com - http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blbasketball.htm

The History Of Canadian Basketball __ A brief article about the history of Canadian basketball. - From livestrong.com - http://www.livestrong.com/article/352382-the-history-of-canadian-basketball/

History of Women's Basketball __ Women's basketball began the year after the game was invented and you will find articles and resources about their history. - From about.com - http://womenshistory.about.com/od/basketball/a/timeline.htm

History - Women's Basketball Online __ Another directory of women's basketball resources. - From womensbasketballonline.com - http://www.womensbasketballonline.com/history/index.html    


The History of Women's Basketball __ You will find an extremely interesting article on the history of women's basketball along with interesting photos. - illustrated - From womensbasketballmuseum.com - http://www.womensbasketballmuseum.com/

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame __ Learn about the organization, their history, accomplishments and goals at their official site. - illustrated - From hoophall.com - http://www.hoophall.com/  

NBA.com Canada: History of Basketball in Canada __ A brief look at Canadian basketball history. - From nba.com - http://www.nba.com/canada/History_of_Basketball_in_Canad-Canada_Generic_Article-18023.html

NBA.com: History __ Many articles, timelines, stats, great moments, resources and more about NBA history. - illustrated - From nba.com - http://www.nba.com/history/   

NBAhoopsonline, Basketball History at it's best __ "NBA Hoops Online Basketball History,stats, articles, message boards, and everything else you need to know about the NBA." - illustrated - From nbahoopsonline.com - http://www.nbahoopsonline.com/

NCAA basketball History. Information And Facts __ You can read a summary of NCAA basketball history and learn how to apply for a basketball scholarship. - From collegesportsscholarships.com - http://www.collegesportsscholarships.com/history-ncaa-basketball.htm

Remember the ABA __ "The ABA existed from 1967 to 1976 -- for nine full seasons. During that time, the ABA fought a bitter war with the established National Basketball Association (the NBA) for players, fans, and media attention. In June 1976, the two rival pro leagues finally made peace. Four of the strongest ABA teams (the New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs) joined the NBA and survived."  You find just about everything you wanted to know about the ABA. - illustrated - From remembertheaba.com - http://www.remembertheaba.com/ 


SportsKnowHow.com - Basketball History - Page 1 of 4 __ A good look at the history of the game.  You can access the other pages from here. - From sportsknowhow.com - http://www.sportsknowhow.com/basketball/history/basketball-history.shtml

USA Basketball: USA Basketball History __ "The United States joined the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as a member in 1934 and it was the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) that FIBA first recognized as the organization that was responsible for USA teams in international competitions." A good overview of their history from their official site. - illustrated - From usabasketball.com - http://www.usabasketball.com/history/usa_basketball_history.html   

What is the History of Basketball? __ Here is the answer.  "James Naismith, an educator and sports recreationalist, invented the game of basketball in 1891 in response to a request by leaders of the YMCA..." - From wisegeek.com - http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-history-of-basketball.htm 

WNBA.com: History of Women's Basketball __ "It may be surprising to discover that women began playing basketball less than a year after the game was invented. The fact is that women's basketball is steeped in tradition, some of it frustrating, most of it fascinating."  An extended look. - illustrated - From wnba.com - http://www.wnba.com/about_us/jenkins_feature.html

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame __ Learn about the organization, women's basketball history, goals, accomplishments and more. - illustrated - From wbhof.com - http://www.wbhof.com/  


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