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Happy Hundredth Hoops
Alexander Wolff
December 02, 1991
SINCE DR. JAMES NAISMITH HAD HIS FLASH OF INSPIRATION IN 1891, BASKETBALL HAS EVOLVED FROM A SIMPLE AMERICAN PASTIME TO A GRAND INTERNATIONAL PASSION
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December 02, 1991

Happy Hundredth Hoops

SINCE DR. JAMES NAISMITH HAD HIS FLASH OF INSPIRATION IN 1891, BASKETBALL HAS EVOLVED FROM A SIMPLE AMERICAN PASTIME TO A GRAND INTERNATIONAL PASSION

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Hermann Niebuhr, a former president of the West German Basketball Federation, has studied the works of Omar Khayyám, the 12th-century Persian thinker. Given Niebuhr's affiliation with and love for the game, it would be best to regard the following with some skepticism. Nevertheless, Niebuhr has translated one passage of Omar Khayyám's like this: "You are a ball being played by destiny. God plays too, and for a thousand years he keeps shooting from beside the rim."

Bob Jennings isn't Omar Khayyám, but I always try to follow a piece of his advice. Don't play half-court. You stand around too much.

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