At the basketball court in a Gastonton, North Carolina, YMCA:
caught hanging from the rim will be suspended."
Former Utah Jazz president, Frank Layden, commenting on a former basketball player,
told him, 'Son, what is it with you. Is it ignorance or apathy?'
The former player said, 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care.'
The psychology instructor had just finished a lecture on mental health and had
proceeded to give an oral quiz to the freshman class. Speaking specifically
about manic depression, the instructor asked, 'How would you diagnose a patient
who walks back and forth screaming at the top of his lungs one minute, then sits
in a chair weeping uncontrollably the next?'
A young man in the rear of the room raised his hand and answered,
'A basketball coach?'
Hanging in the hallway at the High School are the basketball team pictures from
the past 40 years. A player in the centre of the front row in each picture holds
a basketball identifying the year -- "62-63";"63-64"; "64-65" and so on.
One day I spotted a freshman looking curiously at the photos. Turning to me,
said, 'Isn't it strange how the teams always lost by one point?'
Lost in translation?
Nike has a television commercial for hiking shoes that was shot in Kenya using
Samburu tribesmen. The camera closes in on the one tribesman who speaks, in
native Maa. As he speaks, the Nike slogan 'Just Do It' appears in the screen.
Lee Cronk, an anthropologist at the University of Cincinnati, says the Kenyan is
really saying, 'I don't want these. Give me big shoes.'
Say's Nike's Elizabeth Dolan, 'We thought nobody in America would know what he
said.' - Taken from an article in Forbes Magazine.
An allegedly true Bobby Knight story recalled as best as can be remembered from
the "Morning Briefing" section of the L.A. Times: In the 1980 Olympics, the U.S.
basketball team, coached by Knight, played and beat the Chinese team quite
easily. When asked about the win, Bobby said, 'It was a lot of fun playing the
Chinese, but an hour later, we wanted to play them again.'
Down and out
I once read a magazine biography of a down-and-out basketball star who was so
desperately addicted to drugs that he took to crime. Let's call him "Bill" for
dramatic effect. His first mistake was to rob a convenience store in his own
neighbourhood. The owner of the store instantly recognized the six-foot-plus
basketball star neighbour despite his pathetic attempt to wear a mask. When the
owner said, 'Bill, don't do this, okay?' To which the player/robber replied, 'Naw,
it ain't me, man. It ain't me.'
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Ten Random, Interesting
- Basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith, a teacher at the YMCA
International training school in Massachusetts in 1891.
- Walter Brown of Boston introduced professional basketball in the
form of the Basketball Association of America in the summer of 1946.
- The first game was played in a basement gymnasium. There was a
stepladder to retrieve the ball from the peach baskets.
- The first ball was a soccer ball.
- The basketball was invented in 1929 by G. L. Pierce.
- In 1967, the slam dunk was made illegal. The dunk was made legal
again in 1976.
- The first men's college basketball game was played on January 18,
1896 between the University of Iowa and the University of Chicago. The
final score was 15-12.
- The game became an official Olympic event at the Summer Games in
Berlin, Germany in 1936.
- Michael Jordan, who retired in January 1999, but returned to the
league in 2001, has scored more points [5,987] in the playoffs than any
- Most points scored in one half: Wilt Chamberlain on March 2nd 1962
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