Basketball Coloring Pages
Does your kid love to play basketball? Well, that's great. That means he/she is a true American. In case you don't know, basketball is originally created by an American teacher named James Naismith of YMCA Springfield, Massachusetts. That's probably why this sport is so popular in United States. As for me, no matter how much I play basketball, I just can't enjoy it like I do soccer and badminton. Speaking of basketball, you can't forget Space Jam. The movie was produced when Looney Tunes was all the rage, featuring Bugs and friends and an all-star basketball player Michael Jordan. That movie was so hilarious that my sister and I couldn't stop laughing. Seeing how Mike train the silly cartoon characters is just crazy good.
Anyway, if you are looking for some basketball coloring pages, this is the right post for you. Actually, a couple of weeks ago, I've compiled another post focusing more on NBA coloring pages. It has many logos of the team that participates in the league. Go check it out if you want. As for this post, it's more about the sport. You can see many printable images that has anything to do with the sport, like the ball itself and the shoes. There are also some famous cartoon characters like Mickey and Goofy, and of course Bugs Bunny, all of them are showing off their basketball skills. You can also find some funny silly images of people doing it wrong in the court. Check out these basketball coloring pages below!
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Basketball Coloring Pages
Basketball Fun Facts
- James Naismith, a teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, is credited with inventing basketball in 1891. The game became an official Olympic event at the Summer Games in Berlin, Germany in 1936. Two leagues called the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Basketball Association of America (BAA) merged after the 1948-49 season to become today's National Basketball Association (NBA).
- The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a 10-team rival league to the NBA that began play in the 1967-68 season and folded nine years later after the 1975-76 season. Four current NBA teams – Indiana, Denver, New York, and San Antonio – originated in the ABA.
- The first basketball game was held on January 20, 1892. The court was half the size of courts used at the NBA League today and only one point was scored in the whole match. In this game, there were nine players in each team.
- Most male basketball players are at least six feet, three inches tall, and have an average weight of 222 pounds. Guards are usually the shortest players. Mugsy Bogues was the shortest player to play in the NBA. He was only five feet, three inches tall. The tallest man to play in the NBA was Gheorge Muresan. He was seven feet, seven inches tall.
- The first "hoops" were actually just peach baskets and the first backboards were made of wire. A regulation basketball hoop consists of a rim 18 inches (45.7 cm) in diameter.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played 20 seasons in the NBA, holds the record for most points scored in a career with 38,387. On March 2, 1962, Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game against New York. That is the most one player has ever scored in one game. Current Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens has won more basketball games than any other coach.
- Michael Jordan is considered a legend in the world of basketball. The record score of 5,987 that he has set is still unbroken in the NBA. Michael Jordan led the US team in Olympics which won gold medals in 1984 and 1992.
- In 2011 there were 249,650 injuries of 12-17 year old basketball players in the U.S. that had to be treated in hospital emergency rooms. Football is the only sport with more injuries.