NBA He invented the game of basketball
It has become a well-known practice of popular search engine Google to celebrate important events throughout global history, and January 15 is no exception with the company releasing a special Doodle to celebrate Dr James Naismith.
Naismith founded the sport we now know as basketball all the way back in 1891, as part of his work in a school gymnasium.
Basketball has grown incredibly since then, becoming one of the world’s most popular sports, with it played in over 200 different nations today.
Initially the game featured nine players and it combined elements of American football, European football and field hockey.
It eventually developed and evolved into the sport we see on our screens today, making its Olympic debut in the highly controversial 1936 games held in Berlin, Germany.
Naismith envisioned basketball as an exercise to help students improve physically and mentally, and it came at a time when schools were segregated in America.
In 1959, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame was opened in his honour in Massachusetts, and this remains his legacy to this day.