I came across an article mentioning Dr. Naismith's original 13 rules of basketball. Apparently he was very open to adjusting the rules, thankfully. It made me realize how powerful it can be when a visionary puts out an idea but is open to (and even encourages) it's evolution.
Can you imagine a game with Kobe, Shaq, KG, etc. using these rules? Pretty laughable (although if the NBA were looking to have fun, maybe one night they could have a pre-season "throw back" game and throw it all the way back to a game under the original 13 rules, it would be fun!).
- The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.
- The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands (never with the fist).
- 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.
- The ball must be held in or between the hands; the arms or body must not be used for holding it.
- No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking
in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed; the first
infringement of this rule by any player shall count as a foul, the
second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or, if there
was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no
- A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violation of Rules 3,4, and such as described in Rule 5.
- If either side makes three consecutive fouls, it shall
count a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents
in the mean time making a foul).
- A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted
from the grounds into the basket and stays there, providing those
defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests
on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a
- When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into
the field of play by the person first touching it. In case of a
dispute, the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The
thrower-in is allowed five seconds; if he holds it longer, it shall go
to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire
shall call a foul on that side.
- The umpire shall be judge of the men and shall note the
fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been
made. He shall have power to disqualify men according to Rule 5.
- The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide
when the ball is in play, in bounds, to which side it belongs, and
shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made, and
keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually
performed by a referee.
- The time shall be two 15-minute halves, with five minutes' rest between.
- The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner. In case of a draw, the game may, by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made.