fairly well-known that basketball was invented by a Canadian. Its
less well-known that the first NBA game took place in Toronto, in
1946and that every paying customer received, gratis, a lump
I begin the book with a pilgrimage to Doc Naismiths birthplace
in Almonte, about 30 minutes outside Ottawa. Since my visit, the
Foundation has moved to Almontes old Town Hall, where
director John Gosset looks forward to welcoming visitors.
To come up with basketballs original 13 rules, Naismith was
inspired by a childrens game called "duck on a rock."
It involved knocking a stone off a large rock by pelting that stone
with smaller ones. Pictured here is the original rock on which Naismith
placed his childhood ducks.
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