The Beginning

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In the beginning Naismith created the court and the ball. Now the court was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the ball, and the Spirit of Naismith was hovering over the hardwood.

And Naismith said, “Let there be flight,” and there was flight. Naismith saw that the flight was good, and he created the hoop.Naismith called the flight “dunk.” And there were visions of dunking—the first day.

And Naismith said, “Let there be a line between the voids to separate court from noncourt.” So Naismith made the out of bounds lines and separated the noncourt under the heavens from the court inside it. And it was so. Naismith called the noncourt “stands.” And there was organization, and there was order—the second day.

And Naismith said, “Let the court under the heavens be divided into sections, and let dividing lines appear.” And it was so. 10 Naismith called the interior section “lane,” and the middle section he called “halfcourt.” And Naismith saw that it was good.

11 Then Naismith said, “Let the hoop produce points: rewarding points and shots which are awarded points, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The hoop produced points: rewarding points and shots which are awarded points, according to their various kinds. And Naismith saw that it was good. 13 And there was purpose, and there was meaning—the third day.

14 And Naismith said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the game from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the court.” And it was so. 16 Naismith made many great lights—the greatest lights to brighten the court and the lesser lights to display the game clock. He also made the spotlights. 17 Naismith set them in the rafters of the sky to give light on the court, 18 to shine on the court, and to emphasize it during pre-game. And Naismith saw that it was good. 19 And there was brightness, and there was clarity—the fourth day.

20 And Naismith said, “Let the stands teem with living creatures, and let fans cheer above the court.” 21 So Naismith created the great fans of the stands and every living thing with which the stands teem and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every cotton-candy-selling vendor according to its kind. And Naismith saw that it was good. 22 Naismith blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the stands, and let the fans increase on the earth.” 23 And there were fans, and there was anticipation—the fifth day.

24 And Naismith said, “Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kinds: the commentators, the creatures that report the performance on the court, and the wild analysts, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 Naismith made the reporters according to their kinds, the commentators according to their kinds, and all the analysts according to their kinds. And Naismith saw that it was good.

26 Then Naismith said, “Let us make players in our image, in our likeness, so that they may perform for their organizations, for their teams and all the viewers, and for all the fans in the stands.”

27 So Naismith created players in his own image,
in the image of Naismith he created them;
postmen and guards he created them.

28 Naismith blessed them and said to them, “Be successful and increase in fantasy production; fill the hoop and score in it. Preform for your organizations and for viewers and for every fan that looks upon the court.”

29 Then Naismith said, “I give you every point-scoring shot on the face of the whole court and every shot that is made shall have points for it. They will be yours for your team. 30 And to all the players of the court and all the fans in the stands and all the viewers—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give the game of basketball.” And it was so.

31 Naismith saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was life, and there was basketball—the sixth day.

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