What is Basketball?

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop.

A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one, two or three one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play is added.

Professional Basketball

There are many different levels of professional basketball, for example the G-League and NBL. Though the most popular and hardest level is in the NBA, many rich and famous player come out of this league with examples such as Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant.