Basketball was invented by Canadian James Naismith and first played in 1891 in Massachusetts and has since become one of the most popular sports in the world. Basketball has many professional leagues across Europe, Asia and South America. The most important Basketball league however is the USA’s NBA, which features well known teams such as the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.
Basketball became an Olympic sport in 1936 and has thus became one of the more important Olympic events, peaking with the USA’s Dream Team in 1992 – possibly the greatest team ever assembled .
Probably Basketball’s most famous figure is Michael ‘Air’ Jordan, who wowed audiences all over with his unique ability. Other famous names include LeBron James, ‘Magic’ Johnson and Kobe Bryant.
The 2014 NBA season was won by the San Antonio Spurs who defeated the Miami Heat 4-1 in the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant was awarded regular season MVP while Kawhi Leonard was awarded finals MVP.