The original rules of basketball, 118 years later

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Dr. James Naismith
Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesDr. James Naismith, the man who came up with the game of basketball.

On this date in 1892, James A. Naismith first published the rules to a new game he called "basket ball." The game was a little different back then. The baskets, for instance, were actual baskets -- wooden peach baskets nailed to a gymnasium wall. The original rules also called for nine players on a side and a jump ball after every score. Page 2 looks at Dr. Naismith's original 13 Rules of Basketball to see what else has changed.

1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.

Naismith was using a soccer ball. The idea that you could pick up and throw the thing must have been a stunner.

2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands (never with the fist).

We get it -- you can use your hands. Honestly, these first two rules probably could have been combined.

3. A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at a good speed if he tries to stop.

However, if you are planning to dunk and have a superstar reputation, you can take a step or two. Sometimes three.

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