What the Raptors Win Means for Canadians

By AMITHA KALAICHANDRAN, M.D. June 14, 2019

James Naismith was a young Canadian pre-med when he decided to try something: hang a fruit-basket at either end of a Springfield, Massachusetts gymnasium and challenge players to get a ball into the basket. Eventually, tired of taking a ladder to climb up and retrieve the ball each time someone scored, he sawed a hole in the bottom of each basket. Basketball was born: the year was 1891, and Naismith was just 30. Naismith went on to medical school but continued to help refine the game, even writing its first rulebook…