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Some of the NBA's TOP Ballers! Who made the Cut??

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Dr. James Naismith developed a new concept back in the late 1800s that would forever change the world...He was faced with the task of coming up with an "activity" that would keep the athletes in shape in the off season at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. He published his rules for this new game using five basic concepts and thirteen rules. This was officially published on December 21, 1891. On this particular day, he asked his class to play a game in the Armory Street court.  As earlier stated the match was played 9 versus 9, using a “soccer” ball and two peach baskets.  Being that Dr. Naismith invented this new game someone suggested simply calling it the "Naismith Game", but Dr. Naismith stated;

"We have a ball and a basket: why don’t we call it basketball?"

Moving forward...Wayyyyy forward. Let's look at some of the greats of the game that took Dr. Naismith's "activity" to a WHOLE NEW PLAYING FIELD...

 

 

Dennis Rodman (1986-2006)

 

 

A "best of" list just doesn't seem complete without the inclusion of the all-around-ever-eclectic Dennis "The Worm" Rodman! Rodman played at the small forward position in his early years before becoming a power forward. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships. His biography at NBA.com states that he is "arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history". On April 1, 2011, the Pistons retired Rodman's No. 10 jersey, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later that year. Dennis' story is also pretty amazing because of his spotlight on and off of the court and the fact that he struggled through a tough upbringing. He wriggled through adolescent adversity to overcome some treacherous woes and his ability to overcome such difficult times attributes to his stubborn awesomeness! We tip our hats to an amazing career and an overall amazing life!

 

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