July 16, 2024


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KU Basketball Tradition

James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, brought the game to the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1989. Basketball roots run deep in the City of Lawrence.  (See a related article – Deep Roots In Lawrence)

Recently I visited the KU Campus and had the opportunity to explore some of the KU basketball venues and museums.  In addition to Allen Fieldhouse – named after Dr. Forrest C. “Phog” Allen who served as long time coach at KU – the University recently completed construction of a new wing to the field house – the DeBruce Center.   A statue of James Naismith sits out front – a basketball in his hands and a peach basket at this feet.  That’s the way the game was initially played.  Nets later replaced the peach basket but much of the game remains the same. The original rules of basketball, penned by James Naismith, are on permanent display in the Center along with a variety of other KU Basketball memorabilia.

The video below, KU – Basketball Central, provides a brief introduction to the KU Basketball Tradition –

The title image to the video above shows James Naismith and “Phog” Allen.

Lawrence Kansas is a pleasant university town, about 45 minutes west of Kansas City.  Stop by if you get a chance.  And don’t forget to check out the University and the KU Basketball Tradition.

KU Basketball ……………. Enjoy The Adventure!


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