We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Gee, BD, this makes me very uneasy. The picture confirms my suspicions that Dr. Naismith was an "old white male" and a Canadian/European!!! To boot. I've seen quite a few "people of color" playing this basketball game, so I fear we are on the cusp of serious cultural appropriation.
Ralph Kinney Bennett
I lost count of the number of times I was told "Basketball was invented here" when I was a student, but I see now that although he was one of ours, he invented it much later and in the USA.
In my time I was part of a group that got Cricket (re?)-established as a supported intramural sport at that university. (Speaking of cultural appropriation – I confess that I have no recollection at all of anyone English or with English heritage being involved.)
I spent lots of time in the chapel at the college where Dr. Naismith got his Theology LLD.
His home town is not far from where I live in the Ottawa Valley. The sculpture in the Wikipedia piece is on Mill Street (the main street) so you can't really miss it; quite a popular attraction there for pedestrians.
A very pleasant town right on a river (called - of all things - the Mississippi River - though obviously not the more famous one). We get into Almonte (itself named for a Mexican general!) occasionally. There's a good Italian restaurant there.
Basketball is a silly game. Although they play for a a couple of hours, the only part that seems to matter is the last minute or so. I think it must have been developed for people with really short attention spans.