Thursday, May 5, 2011

James Naismith basketball rules exhibit extended at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City


— The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City has extended its display of the "Original Rules of Basket Ball" for two weeks.

James Naismith's creation was scheduled to be taken down May 29. The museum said in a release Thursday that the rules display has been extended until June 12.

Naismith wrote the 13 rules on Dec. 21, 1891, for the YMCA training school in Springfield. He moved to Lawrence, Kan., in 1898 and became the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas. He coached for nine seasons before assuming other academic duties and serving as athletics director.

The museum said David Booth and Suzanne Deal Booth, who own the rules, asked that the display time be extended.

The exhibition is free.


Tony Bandle 9 years, 8 months ago

It's truly amazing that two pieces of paper could have such a dramatic effect on the sports world. Some serious[and some totally irreverant] suggestions for their eventual display in Lawrence.

1] Enclosed stand alone case in the Booth Hall of Fame in Allen. 2] Enclosed in center court of the Naismith Floor with a vision panel. 3] Imbedded in Dr. Naismith's headstone in Pioneer Cemetary [with a 24/7/365 guard] 4] A huge holographic image projected on the side of Murphy Hall. 5] The rules engraved on a pair of stones similar to the Ten Commandments. 6] Cardboard letter cutouts held by a 1000 students to hold up during games. 7] Every future Jayhawk player has them tatooed on their shoulder. 8] Hung from the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse. 9] Authentic replicas handed out to each incoming Kansas student. 10] Enclosed in a simple, airtight frame, hung on the wall with feature lighting above and below.

Noisewater 9 years, 8 months ago

I don't think we should display them at all. Showing them to the public would be the equivalent of "spiking the football" and could anger Al Qaeda.

Clark Coan 9 years, 8 months ago

A world-class National Museum of Basketball should be built at KU. It would be able to feature the rules and Wilt Chamberlain memorabilia. Michael Jordan could easily fund this.

minipman 9 years, 8 months ago

great idea... wish jordan would of balled his college ball here

RockChalkGuy 9 years, 8 months ago

I know this isn't really feasible, but I think it would be awesome to have them encased in a display below the center of James Naismith court. It could be the same size as the center circle and be rounded downward, like it was inside a basketball, and the rules would somehow levitate inside that space. You can't tell me that wouldn't be the best of the best basketball displays.

actorman 9 years, 8 months ago


They should have it set up so the players could tap it on the way out to the court.

actorman 9 years, 8 months ago


They should have it set up so the players could tap it on the way out to the court.

Bobo Fleming 9 years, 8 months ago

My dad took a class from Naismith in the 1930's. PE which was required then at KU. Naismith told the class he was looking for something between football and track and really didn't expect basketball to take off like it did. He is often counted as KU first BB coach but I think he didn't think that BB needed a coach and Allen was actually the guy that figured it out.

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