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The first player believed to have dunked a basketball in an organized game was Joe Fortenberry, captain of the 1936 U.S. Olympic basketball team. However, this is not officially recognized by any governing bodies.


A person can learn how to dunk a basketball by strengthening the core muscles of his or her body, determining the proper jump-off point and practicing the move repeatedly. It is important to work on learning to dunk a basketball in practice sessions before attempting the move in an actual game.


The 5-foot-3-inch Tyrone 'Muggsy' Bogues was the shortest player to play in the NBA, and reports disagree as to whether he could dunk a basketball. His hands were too small to palm it, but he had a reported 44 inch vertical leap, which may have allowed him to dunk.


A basketball goal system is comprised of the rim and backboard. The National Basketball Association mandates that both meet precise measurements and placement relative to the court surface.


Vertical box jumps, side box jumps, box push-offs, depth jumps, knee tuck jumps, bounding and lateral hurdle jumps are the most common methods to increase the vertical jump and one's ability to dunk a basketball. These exercises are part of the training program known as "plyometrics."


The shortest player in NBA history to dunk a basketball in a game is former guard Spud Webb. Boasting a 42-inch vertical jump, the 5-foot-7-inch Webb played for the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic from 1985 to 1998.


NBA balls are made of a leather exterior housing a butyl rubber bladder, which holds the air and creates enough pressure to properly bounce the basketball, and a carcass made of nylon and polyester. There are not any official specifications as to what basketballs should be made of.


The three-point line on a high school basketball court is 19 feet and 9 inches from the center of the basket. The shooter must have both feet behind the line when initiating the attempt for the goal to count for three points. The line was added to the high school courts during the 1987 to 1988 seaso


Basketball season starts in late October and runs until mid- to late June. All college and professional teams complete their regular and post-season play within this time frame.


Hardwood college and professional basketball court surfaces are constructed from hard maple. The courts are typically purchased from an MFMA-certified manufacturer or distributor that meets industry specifications to ensure the highest quality performance.