James Naismith is credited with inventing the game of basketball. He’s something out of basketball lore. Without Naismith, there would be no James, Jordan, or Bryant. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Hell, the Basketball Hall of Fame is even named after Naismith.
There’s one small detail, however, that people overlook. Naismith was an awful basketball coach. In 9 years at Kansas, Naismith posted an astounding .478 winning percentage. “Hey, that guy won almost half the games he coached. Let’s name the hall of fame after him!”
This really blows my mind. Here’s a guy who invented a game. He made up the rules and everything. Then he was consistently mediocre at his own game. Naismith’s opponents literally beat him at his own game.
Seriously? A teachers college?
Not a single point scored in a game he INVENTED! How does that happen?
I would’ve loved to have been in the stands for this dispute. Can you imagine? The inventor of basketball — he literally made the rules — arguing with an ‘umpire’ over ‘foot ball tactics’.
Referee: “Hey Naismith! Tell your guys to stop kicking it!”
Naismith: “That’s totally legal! Flip to page 47! Trust me it’s in there I swear.”