When James Naismith invented basketball back in 1891, it was a completely different game from what it is today. In fact, the first game of “basket ball” ever played had nine players – not five – and used a soccer ball, not a ball designed specifically for the game like we have today. Yes, the famous peach baskets were really there, but the original 13 rules that Naismith set out for the game would make it hard to recognize today. To start with, the ball could only be moved up the court by passing – dribbling wasn’t allowed – and every basket was followed by a jump-off at center court. It’s amazing how far things have come from that first game at Springfield College.