Basketball is a team sport in which two teams try to score points against one another by putting a basketball through a hoop. It is played with twelve to fifteen people from each team but only five people on the court at a time from each team. Basketball was first played in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Basketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sport in the world. There have been many great basketball players, but not as great as Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.