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‘Basketball’ Focus

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Basketball was invented back to 1891 in Massachusetts. Many basketball leagues developed later on such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Basketball League, and the National Basketball Association.



Dr. James Naismith. His aim was to condition young athletes during the winter season. By that time, the game consisted of peach baskets and a soccer style ball. The two teams included 9 players each and the rules of the game summarized in 13 ones.



In 1891, James Naismith put down new rules for the game using five base ideas and thirteen rules. The class played in the Armory Street court as per 9 versus 9 with a soccer ball and two peach baskets.



The longest successful basketball shot was about 33.45 m and it was done by Thunder Law (USA) of the Harlem Globetrotters, at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on the 11th of  November, 2013.


Close up on Elie Rustom

By Jenny Kassis


Elie Rustom, is a young Lebanese basketball player. Since he was a kid, he used to watch Lebanese basketball teams gaining momentum and his dream was to play with these teams one day. He started playing basketball back in school when he was 11 years old and was awarded the Most Valuable Player at his first schools tournament. This motivated him to play as well as train more and allowed his coaches and people around him to notice how talented he was.


At 14 years old, Elie joined the Blue Stars youth team and got upgraded as a first division player. This opportunity allowed him to train next to foreigners and skilled players.


He also played with Al Mouttahed Tripoli for six years. In 2009, Elie was called to the Lebanese Basketball League and was one of the starting 5 players in his team at the FIBA Asia Stanković Cup 2010 and the 2010 FIBA World Championship. He has been playing with the Lebanese Powerhorses Sagesse since 2012.


Which player inspired you the most?

Mainly, Michael Jordan, the legend of basketball and Kobe Bryant. Locally, when I started playing, I got inspired by Fadi Al Khatib and Elie Mouchantaf, and was lucky to play with them during my journey.


What motivates you and keeps you going?

It was never an easy journey for me. Although, I was injured many times, I never stopped playing. Basketball itself is my passion and it motivates me to play to the best of my capabilities. Besides my reputation and the games I would like to participate in, achieving my childhood dream and satisfying my fans are the main source of motivation for me to keep playing.


Out of all the games you participated in, which one do you remember the most?

The Lebanese championship game on June 4, 2014 was one of my best games. Even though I got injured, but I was performing very well with the 14 points I scored in 4 minutes.


How do you differentiate between your social life and your life as a basketball player?

I am always close to my fans since one day I was one of them cheering for a certain team and supporting a certain player.

As a public figure now, myself and my colleagues try to show a positive image of us to inspire our fans in a good way. Nevertheless, fame is not an issue for me as I always act naturally.


What are the benefits of basketball?

Playing basketball is a healthy way of living as an athlete. It is all about discipline and how one can be coachable. Moreover, it teaches you teamwork.


What are the challenges of basketball?

  1. Risk of injury
  2. A strict rhythm of sleeping and eating
  3. A fixed daily schedule for training
  4. The more you evolve, the more responsibilities you get
  5. Psychological pressure as every game is different from the other
  6. Only the strong – physically and mentally – can survive.


What is the importance of team spirit in this game?

Team spirit requires a lot of effort. Without it, a team can’t succeed. It is the coach’s job to spread it and create chemistry among his team members.


What are the “must have” qualities of a basketball player?

  1. Talent
  2. Discipline
  3. Strength, mental more than physical
  4. Down to earth.


What is your message for the young generation willing to play basketball?

Every talented person must dream and work hard to achieve his dream. He has to train a lot, since talent alone is never enough. Education is very important as well. Playing basketball only is not sufficient. One has to pursue a university degree since sports require a certain rationality and way of behaving that are only acquired at school and college.

Never lose hope and don’t give up. Be patient. You have to climb the ladder step by step in order to succeed.