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Kansas Jayhawks. The coaches were Phog Allen and James Naismith. The first basketball teams were:

  • 1891,Dec21 - 18 students play 1st College Basketball game (Springfield College, Massachusetts).
  • 1892, Jan20 - The first official basketball game was played by students at the Springfield, MA YMCA Training School.
  • 1894, Jan27 - The University of Chicago played its first college basketball game, defeating the Chicago YMCA Training School 19-11. The University of Chicago was the first basketball team to play a full schedule of games, winding up with a 6-1 record.
  • 1895, Feb09 - The first college basketball game was played as Minnesota State School of Agriculture defeated the Porkers of Hamline College, 9-3.
  • 1896, Jan16 - The first five-player college basketball game was played at Iowa City, Iowa. The University of Chicago defeated the University of Iowa by the score of 15-12.
  • 1896, Dec10 - Intercollegiate basketball was played for the first time as Wesleyan University defeated Yale, 4-3, in New Haven, Connecticut.
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The NBA began in 1946-47 when it was still the BAA (Basketball Association of America). It changed it's name before the 1949-50 season to the NBA (National Basketball Association). The 11 teams that played in that first season that started it all in 1946-47 were:

  • Boston Celtics
  • Chicago Stags (folded 1949, replaced by Bulls in 1966)
  • Cleveland Rebels (folded in 1947, replaced by Cavaliers in 1970)
  • Detroit Falcons (folded in 1947. The Fort Wayne Pistons moved to Detroit in 1957)
  • New York Knickerbockers (Knicks)
  • Philadelphia Warriors (Moved to San Francisco in 1962, later changed name to Golden State Warriors; Syracuse Nationals moved to Philadelphia in 1963 to become 76ers)
  • Pittsburgh Ironmen (folded 1947)
  • Providence Steam Rollers (folded 1949)
  • St. Louis Bombers (folded 1949)
  • Toronto Huskies (folded 1947, replaced by Raptors in 1993)
  • Washington Capitals (folded, 1949, replaced by the Bullets/Wizards, that started in 1961 as a new Chicago Stags, became Baltimore Bullets (1963) before moving to Washington in 1973)

The first official NBA season, 1948-49, added

  • Minneapolis Lakers (moved to Los Angeles in 1960)
  • Rochester Royals (moved first to Cincinnati then Kansas City and eventually to Sacramento in 1985 and renamed the Kings)
  • Fort Wayne Pistons (moved to Detroit in 1957)

The Syracuse Nationals (eventual 76ers) and Buffalo Bisons (eventual Atlanta Hawks) started in a rival league, the NBL in 1946. The Nationals moved to the NBA in 1949, before moving to Philadelphia in 1963. The Bisons has a series of moves before settling in Milwaukee, St. Louis and eventually Atlanta.

Boston Celtics, Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors and New York Knicks are the 3 oldest franchises in the NBA, followed by the Lakers, Pistons and Kings. The Celtics hold the most championships won (17 of them), followed by Lakers, Bulls and Spurs.

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The first professional Basketball league was called the National Basket Ball League and played from 1898-1904. The first game in National Basket Ball League history was December 1, 1898 between the Trenton Nationals and Kensington Hancocks in Philadelphia. The Nationals won 21-19.

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The Milwaukee Lakers(later changed to Los Angeles Lakers) had the first back-to-back championship

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The first basketball team was from Canada.

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The University of Chicago Basketball Team.

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the Calvary Freedmans were the first black basketball team in 1945

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no one really knows or even really cares

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