HOOP, THERE IT IS!!!!
The first “hoops” were actually just peach baskets and the first backboards were made of wire! How far we’ve come! They were used from 1891 - 1906 before being replaced with metal hoops and backboards. The first backboards were actually nailed to the Mezzanine Balcony until the crowd started getting in the way. Queue in the Ref! Interference!
In contrast with modern basketball nets, the peach basket retained its bottom, and balls had to be retrieved manually after each basket; what a drag! This proved inefficient, so the bottom of the basket was removed allowing the balls to be poked out with a long wooden rod each time. Was that the best they could do??
The first Basketball’s where brown in color and could not stand out against the basketball hoop. Shortly after that, around the 1950’s, the orange Basketball was introduced to stand out to the crowd and has stayed the same till this day!
It’s 2014 and boy have we come a long way! This amazing game remains the same but the equipment has come up leaps and bounds!