Like many sports leagues, the NBA has a long and rich history. Its origins trace back 1946, with the founding of the BAA by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada.
After a merger with the opposing NBL and a name change, the NBA was born and quickly outgrew the success of their competitors. Over the years, the NBA has become one of the most successful organizations in sports and has grown way beyond the original seventeen teams that started.
The game of basketball itself, though, has been around way longer than the start of the NBA or even the BAA. In fact, it goes back all the way to 1891, when Dr. James Naismith created the sport as a way to condition young athletes in cold months.
So, why are we giving you all of this information? To prepare you for the video you’re about to watch.
In this re-discovered online footage, we see (perhaps) one of the earliest recorded basketball games in history. It’s a game between New York College and the University of Oregon at Madison Square Garden… in 1939.
Check it out:
The differences are stunning. But at the same time, there’s a lot of things that haven’t changed.
But the fact that this predates the NBA itself is something to think about.