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Kansas professor uncovers a Dr. James Naismath taped interview

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A Kansas professor just uncovered historical gold, by discovering a Dr. James Naismath taped interview from 1939. You can listen to it here.

In the interview, Dr. Naismath describes the first game of basketball.

He says: “Well, I didn’t have enough [rules]. And that’s where I made my big mistake. The boys tackling, kicking and punching in the clinches. They ended up in a free-for-all in the middle of the gym floor. Before I could pull them apart, one boy was knocked out, several of them had black eyes, and one had a dislocated shoulder. It certainly was murder.”

Sounds like the Bad Boy Pistons of the 80’s or Knicks of the 90’s. Two teams centered on defensively stopping their opposition, by flagrantly fouling them.

Thank god for the flagrant foul, and a few more rules doctor. Otherwise basketball would look an awful like cage fighting.

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