Since its late-19th century origins as an activity designed to keep YMCA students busy during a harsh Northeast winter, basketball has developed into an exciting, fast-paced game punctuated by no-look passes and emphatic slam dunks.
Browse through our group of the sport's most famous names, from contemporary NBA champions like Stephen Curry and LeBron James, to earlier greats like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Walt Frazier.
LeBron James became an immediate star after skipping college to join the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He led the Miami Heat to NBA titles in 2012 and 2013 and won another championship with Cleveland in 2016, before joining the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.
Upcoming biopic 'Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story’ will be produced by Angelina Jolie and star Martin Sensmeier. The MLB player won two Olympic gold medals at a time when his Native American citizenship wasn’t recognized by the U.S. and later founded the NFL.