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.
Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for the 2017 animated short “Dear Basketball,” but he won’t be admitted to the Academy. The Governors of the Academy voted to rescind the basketball player’s invitation, likely due to their code of conduct and his history of sex assault allegations.
LeBron James confirmed that he's teaming up with 'Black Panther' producer Ryan Coogler to star in 'Space Jam 2.' “The 'Space Jam' collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James said. “I'd just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel.”
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.