Blessed are those who find wisdom and who gain understanding
Proverbs 2:11 NIV
They are more profitable than silver, and yield better returns than gold. To play basketball, I want to understand the game — the rules, the way it was designed, everything I can find. I hear that this guy Naismith created the modern game we have of basketball and that he had written a book. I wanted to read that book. The Anaheim library was able to locate a copy of it and loaned it to me for a fee of 50 cents. They also required me to leave a check for $100 in case I didn’t return the book. Now you can get a reprint for $10. In his book he described how he came up with the rules — some have changed, like dribbling (guys got creative in dropping the ball in the direction they were going and hovering over it to keep anyone else from touching it, so dribbling was added), and the backboard (basketball was first played in YMCA gyms. They were all designed alike with a running track above the floor. Fans would reach down and knock the ball away from the peach basket that was nailed to the wall, or help it into the basket depending on which team shot it) the backboard was installed to keep the fans from being able to reach the ball.
The biggest thing I learned was that Naismith turned the basket horizontal so that you had to finish with finesse. He was designing a game that could be played indoors, that included competition, but lowered the amount or roughness. This still is a main part of basketball. You have to be able to go hard and aggressive, but then use a soft touch and finesse to shoot. This is the part that every basketball player has to learn — going strong and having a soft touch.
And yes, if people were dunking the ball in his day, he would have raised the basket higher to keep this part of the game, but even with the dunk if a player goes at the basket too hard he is likely to have the ball hit the back of the rim and bounce out much to the amusement of the fans for the other team.