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 has left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $153.3 million contract. This is the second time the four-time MVP basketball star has left his hometown, which is where he has said he wants to finish his career.
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.