Originally published December 10, 2010 at 09:33a.m., updated December 10, 2010 at 06:32p.m.

Booths purchase original Naismith basketball rules at auction for more than $4 million

Auctioneer David Redden, right, closes the bidding for the Naismith Rules, the original rules for basketball, framed at center, Friday at Sotheby’s in New York. Standing by the rules is former Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Curly Neal. The rules were purchased by David and Suzanne Booth, who hope to bring the document to Kansas University.

Auctioneer David Redden, right, closes the bidding for the Naismith Rules, the original rules for basketball, framed at center, Friday at Sotheby’s in New York. Standing by the rules is former Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Curly Neal. The rules were purchased by David and Suzanne Booth, who hope to bring the document to Kansas University.



David G. Booth, a 1964 Lawrence High School graduate, is chairman and chief executive officer of Dimensional Fund Advisors.

The David Booth file

David Booth moved with his family to Lawrence in 1959.

The family lived at 1931 Naismith Drive, just south of Allen Fieldhouse.

In 1968, David, a Lawrence High School graduate, earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Kansas University. He also earned a master's degree in business at KU before heading to the University of Chicago.

The Booth Family Hall of Athletics at Allen Fieldhouse was financed in large part by David Booth and other members of the Booth family — in honor of Gilbert and Betty Booth, longtime Jayhawk fans and Lawrence residents.

David Booth, who lives in Austin, Texas, is a member of the KU Endowment Association's board of trustees.

In 2008, he donated $300 million to the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, which was renamed in his honor.


Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

A photo of the original rules of "Basket Ball," written by James Naismith and sold at auction Dec. 10, 2010. The rules sold for $4.34 million.

Lawrence High and Kansas University graduate David Booth felt so strongly that the two pages on which James Naismith wrote the original 13 rules of basketball should find a home on the KU campus he paid $4.3 million in an auction Friday to guarantee that.

David and his wife, Suzanne Booth, purchased the rules via telephone at an auction that took place at Sotheby’s in New York City, where the rules were sold by the Naismith International Basketball Foundation.

“We’re very excited about it,” David Booth said from his office in Austin, Texas. “I think they need to figure out an appropriate venue for them. I don’t know what that is. Maybe in a (new) museum. Maybe with the statue of Naismith looking back at Phog (Allen). I think it’s a little bigger than the Booth Family Hall of Athletics. This is serious stuff.”

How serious? A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln and purchased by Robert F. Kennedy drew $3.7 million at the same auction.

The exact price the Booths bid for the rules, written on Dec. 21, 1891, and signed by Naismith in 1931, was $4,338,500, a sports memorabilia record, according to Sotheby’s.

Asked how much higher he would have bid, Booth said, “It was getting close.”

Booth’s motivation for bringing the rules back to where the game’s founder is buried was that “they’re incredibly important and they should be at the University of Kansas. Naismith was there 40 years. He invented basketball and Phog Allen was one of the key figures in making it so popular. Nobody else was going to do it (buy the rules to bring them to KU).”

Booth said he spoke with KU basketball coach Bill Self on Thursday and again Friday, after making the winning bid.

“He’s fired-up,” Booth said. “He looks forward to creating the right venue for them and we’ll work with them. He’s fabulous. He was a factor in us doing this, just his enthusiasm and the way he’s made me feel over the years. He’s amazing how he can make people feel great.”

Booth said that a Wednesday night visit from Mark Allen, Phog’s grandson and a Kansas City physician, was the final push to embolden Booth and his wife for the auction.

“That sealed the deal that we wanted to get aggressive,” Booth said. “Mark helped to give Suzanne the background and importance of Naismith and Allen.”

Booth said Mark Allen also “did a lot of work researching to make sure it was authentic.”

James Naismith’s grandson, Ian Naismith, told the Associated Press in an October interview that the family decided to put the rules on the auction block and to give the money to the Naismith charity that promotes sportsmanship and provides services to underprivileged children.

Many of the 13 rules have been adapted or abandoned since Naismith wrote them for a winter sport for boys of a YMCA in Springfield, Mass. For example, rule No. 7 states: “If either side makes three consecutive fouls it shall count as a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the meantime making a foul).”

“There were some funny ones,” Booth said. “The whole thing seems kind of funny.”

KU chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little expressed gratitude for the Booths’ efforts.

“We are delighted to learn that David and Suzanne Booth have acquired Naismith’s Rules of Basketball, a piece of sports history that is intertwined with the University of Kansas and its storied tradition of basketball excellence,” Gray-Little said in a statement. “Naismith was KU’s first coach and started what would become one of the winningest college basketball programs in the nation and certainly the most tradition-rich.”

Dale Seuferling, president of KU Endowment, said that he and interim athletic director Sean Lester visited Friday afternoon with David Booth and learned of his desire for the rules to be displayed at KU.

“On behalf of all Jayhawk fans, we thank him for his generosity,” Seuferling said.

David Booth graduated from LHS in 1964. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1968 and a master’s degree in business from KU in 1969.


dkelman32 11 years, 12 months ago

I wish there was a picture of the item. Might be a good chance to see it in case it goes to live in private hands and away from public viewing.

Matt Kenton 11 years, 12 months ago

There are copies.

Wow, $4.3M. I just posted on the other article that a million KU fans would've chipped in $5-10 to keep it in Lawrence. I guess there's still a chance the KU guy won...

2Bnamedlater 11 years, 12 months ago

I wish it said who the buyer was? A museum? A coolege? A collector?

Jonathan Kealing 11 years, 12 months ago

We're still trying to figure that out. The auction just closed.

Chris Bruning 11 years, 12 months ago

let us know asap. hopefully the winning bidder is fixing to board a jet for lawrence, ks sometime real soon

63Jayhawk 11 years, 12 months ago

Could be going to Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA! Yuk!

Brett Marsteller 11 years, 12 months ago


The item is coming to Lawrence!!! My friends brother organized everything and raised the money to buy it. He also has been doing a documentary interviewing old coached/players associated with KU basketball. This thing will blow up big soon!!! Trust me!!!



100 11 years, 12 months ago


Great job Hasksta84!!!!!'

Brett Marsteller 11 years, 12 months ago

True story!!! Like I said, COMING BACK TO LAWRENCE! There will be a Great documentary of the whole process and great interviews leading up to it soon!

actorman 11 years, 12 months ago

This is fantastic!!! There is no other place that it should be (okay, maybe Springfield College, but that would be the only other suitable place).

100 11 years, 12 months ago

Nice point.

Just to clarify why its coming home: This exact document has already lived here in Lawrence 41 years & this is where Naismith wanted the rules & the Hall of Fame itself set up. Springfield he loved & it's where he met his wife but it was just a few years of his life. Springfield was his second choice.

actorman 11 years, 12 months ago

That's great, hawksta84, can't wait to see it.

crmsnblu 11 years, 12 months ago

just heard kietzman on 810 say the Booth family purchased them - hence Booth family hall of athletics

crmsnblu 11 years, 12 months ago

let me be the first to say Mega Thanks to the Booth family

Brett Marsteller 11 years, 12 months ago

Josh Swade works for Sotheby's and and organized the whole thing. It was just supposed to be a documentary but then it grew into more when he got the attention of KU Donors and now they purchased the most expensive piece of Sports memorabilia.

Should be good once the final editing is done. Can't wait.

Alohahawk 11 years, 12 months ago

Super!!! Love it. Could not see where it would fit in better and be a true testiment to the man, the sport, and especially - to Kansas University. Sure would be great if it were to be displayed in Allen Field House, alongside all the other basketball memorabilia, in it's rightful place amongst all the other KU basketball immortals: Phog Allen, Chamberlain, Manning ..... Wow! The Phog just got thicker.

What a recruiting tool that would be. "You see that, son, that's where it all started. And you can become a part of this sports legacy. You can be a Jayhawk just like James Naismith, the man who started it all"

jaybate 11 years, 12 months ago

Goodness lives.

It is times like these that rich persons with hearts and poor persons with hearts are reminded how much they share and how much they owe each other within their society, regardless of their differing fortunes.

I wish to express my deepest gratitude and thanks to the Booths, and to all those that assisted them, for their efforts and money contributions, in what was in my opinion an act of historic proportions in the service of The Legacy, in the service of American culture, and hopefully some day in service to all of the world.

Their are certain written institutions that document, articulate and underpin our capacity for humane and civilized activity in the apparrently endless struggle against human barbarity. I believe these rules of James Naismith are one such example.

I have for some years now posted with an avatar that is an image of the Holy Grail. I have done so not out of some deluded ego, or clever joke. I have done so to call attention to as many as I could, as often as I could, to the preciousness of The Legacy of the game of basketball generally, and to KU's unique role and responsibility in that game.

But the avatar of the Grail was a message in a bottle on a vast internet ocean and I could never be sure anyone would recognize the importance of what I I believed I saw in The Legacy, or love this legacy as I have come to love it.

I know my avatar did not influence the booths.

But I believe now that the Booths and many others see The Legacy as I do.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Rock Chalk!

Michael Pannacciulli 11 years, 12 months ago

Amen. Hip Hip hooray to the Booths!!!! Way to invest in the Univesity and history!

waywardJay 11 years, 12 months ago

Oh Jaybate. We are not Kentucky Fans, we don't think our Legacy just existed despite the Paid officiating, and the Racism that flowed in those days in Lexington. We do not ascribe to the theory our great was great not only originally but without the aide of wealthy donor who contributed to a decade of championships. We have not ever ascribed to the theory that basketball begins and ends in a 9 mile stretch in North Carolina, that only became relevant thanks to television cameras, and a tongue wagging false prophet.

In the words of Gordon Sumner, " walked out this morning anc can't believe what I saw.... A hundred Billion bottles washed up on the shore.... Seems like Im not alone at being alone, a hundred billion castaways looking for a home...."

The Booths certainly know where Home is.

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 12 months ago

SWEET----Great news---back in Lawrence, where the rules belong!

BewareofthePhunk 11 years, 12 months ago

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to the Booths! What a historic day, my chest swells with pride!

ajhk 11 years, 12 months ago

This is fantastic news! Another victory helping to cement KU as the epicenter of basketball. If David does bring this thing home to KU I make a plea to hoist an honorary jersey to Booth in the Fieldhouse! Thank you Booth's! Rock Chalk!

Tony Bandle 11 years, 12 months ago

To the Booth Family...your continued generosity and dedication to The Kansas Jayhawk Legacy makes me proud that I will live and die, forever a Jayhawk.

No greater complement can I pay.

Regarding this truly historical document, it must be placed in a singular location within the Hall of Fame as testament to it's significance. It must stand alone, in display, in an honored and central spot.

PS I would be most curious as to who else was bidding for our Legacy. I hope it was UK, Duke or UNC and they ended up sucking air!!!!

kusp8 11 years, 12 months ago

Saweeeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In the words of Chris Farley "That Was AWESOMEEEE!!!!!!!!!" Thank you sooooo much to the Booth Family! Kudos to the Booth Family you guys are the best!!!

Marcia Parsons 11 years, 12 months ago

Jonathan Kealing: Can you get your hands on an address where anyone who wants to could write a note of thanks to the Booths for doing this great thing?

100 11 years, 12 months ago

Thanks Tim...

Also here's a quote from Naismith's only living grandchild (Ian was born in Lawrence in 1940, just a year after Dr. Naismith died in Lawrence, the same year an underrated Kansas team played in the championship game against Indiana in just the 2nd NCAA tournament).

"“It’s in good hands,” said Ian Naismith, the grandson of James Naismith, the game’s inventor, and caretaker of the rules for nearly 20 years. “It’s where they need to be.”"

Dr. Robert s. Mosser 11 years, 12 months ago

1940 was the first NCAA Tournament. 1939 was run by the ABCL, the basketball coaches and was a financal loser. They said "give it to Phog and he will make it pay." They did and he did. Look in the NCAA book on basketball history to see this in publication. The finals were held for years in KC as that was where and when the basketball coaches has their annual meeting. Bob Allen was then center on that KU team, essentially what point guards do today.

Dr. Robert s. Mosser 11 years, 12 months ago

1940 was the 1st NCAA tournament. 1939 was the ACBL(basketball coaches association tournament for national championship and it lost a lot of money. They said "give it to Phog, he'll make it pay." They did and he did. Bob Allen was the center on that team, doing what point guards do now. The name of the system was "Pivot and pass out!" Check the NCAA book on basketball history of the tournament to read about the 1939 and 1940 tournaments. The finals were held for years in KC at the same time the basketball coaches had their annual meeting. Those of around in those days got to see a lot of great basketball and great players like Bill Russell, Wilt, etc.

100 11 years, 12 months ago

Thanks for the enthusiasm. I'd love it if you were correct because that means we played in the first championship game. Unfortunately we didn't.

First NCAA tournament was 1939. Won by Oregon out of all teams, lol, as they say!

The same Oregon who hadn't been to a final four since, won the first NCAA tournament.

DalTXJayhawk 11 years, 12 months ago

For $24 you can get the auction catalog, which includes a color copy of the document and the history of Dr Naismith. Would be an interesting purchase for those of us that can't spend a few mill on the document itself!

hailtoku 11 years, 12 months ago


If this is true, you need to make a board where everyone can say thanks to the Booths.

DCSven 11 years, 12 months ago

This is so cool. Ian Naismith, his grandson I believe (perhaps great-grand) was at the Final Four in Atlanta (the awful loss to Maryland when Dwight Gooden wore show-boating red shoes) in the exhibition area and had these on display. It was so cool to see them, and Dr. Naismith's handwriting in the margins and realize what exists today because of these little pages capturing one man's idea and passion. So glad they are coming home to KU!

Jack Wilson 11 years, 12 months ago

Man, no wonder we lost. Dwight can't shoot a lick. Good fastball, but bad jumper.

Paul Rupp 11 years, 12 months ago

Thank you to the Booth family! I like the idea I read yesterday re: the players coming onto the floor after passing through the amabience of the original rules! If that doesn't fire them up, let the fans slap them before we come in--we'll be fired up. That is so cool! (my kids tell me noone says "cool"). RCJH!

Jack Wilson 11 years, 12 months ago

Someone had mentioned somewhere a security system like the Constitution is protected by .. bullet proof glass, etc.(note, I would have no idea what that security system is except for the National Treasure movie). Cool if it could be displayed at Allen Fieldhouse. Great thanks to the Booths from all Jayhawks.

100 11 years, 12 months ago

All 16,300 of us donate a dollar at the next game & we can have the same protective case the Consititution has!

Security cameras can come from a 1% tax on popcorn sales...

Seriously think the rules need that case along with a solid resting spot (kind of like a big boulder in the fieldhouse in the corridor on the way to the court, since Naismith got his idea from a game he used to play as a kid called Duck on a Rock, no Joke).

Anyhow I'm thinking embed the Constituition type case inside of a bronze casted boulder that our players can run by and slap on the way to the court....

Instead of a Duck on the rock, there can be a bronze 12 inch baby Jay, directly on top (essentially part of the sculpture), eyes locked knowingly on the 13 commandments....

That bronze boulder & case can be bolted with tremendous bolts & a security system to one of the steel posts that Phog helped us acquire for the fieldhouse during the shortages in steel due to the Wartimes.

At the base that's easy stabilization but again it will be lots & lots of lockdowns & keys that essentially lock the thing down permanently in the fieldhouse forever, much like Pike's peak (the mountain that used to be technically part of Kansas before our border line changed due to Colorado) isn't going anywhere from it's geographical location anytime too soon just because of a purchase by humans.

Booth's name should definitely be engraved on the rock to celebrate for generations to come his family's rockin move on December 10, 2010 to make sure the holy Grail ended up in the right place (and not in Michael Jordan's casino)....

CaramelMacchMan 11 years, 12 months ago

Finally Dr. James Naismith rolled to his good side of the pillow in his grave in Lawrence today.

Paul Rupp 11 years, 12 months ago

Just read about Josh Swade's efforts in keeping the tablets in Lawrence---Thanks Josh for your efforts, and again, to the Booth's---whether your all's efforts are connected or not---the result is awesome!

Brett Marsteller 11 years, 12 months ago

They are connected. Josh went to David and presented the idea and he was on board. They were side by side at the auction when they won and outbid the Smithsonian......! Without Josh trying to film a documentary, this would of never happened. Right now there isn't much detail about all the behind the scenes stuff but that will eventually surface.
They actually called Self right after they won to let him know. Amazing that this crazy idea Josh had actually worked and it's all on film. It's going to be AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Rock Chalk!!!

jhawk23 11 years, 12 months ago

Only about $285,000,000 more till Booth donates as much to KU as he did to the University of Chicago.

100 11 years, 12 months ago

He just donated the world's greatest gift not attached to fixing homelessness & or curing diseases to the University of Kansas.

But I must say, there is such an important message with these rules & what Naismith represented... He might have just helped in those causes as well, even if not meaning to...

Do you realize how the invention of basketball (and Naismith's presence overseas along with Stagg) changed the entire morale of the American troops and our allies during World War 1?

Do you know that Naismith was over there putting up goals & organizing games to keep the morale up of the troops?

This game changed the results of World War 1. You didn't misread that. Basketball & Naismith's temporary vacation from Kansas to the army camps overseas changed the results of World War 1.

This game is the world's greatest gift.

And the holy Grail that the Booth family just purchased to display in Allen Fieldhouse, if money is your driving force, believe me, will benefit all programs monetarily as the centuries pass.

Booth outdid himself if that's at all possible.

Rick Arnoldy 11 years, 12 months ago

He earned his money and is free to do with it what ever he wants.

Eliott Reeder 11 years, 12 months ago

Selby Kiffer, senior specialist in American history documents at Sotheby’s, where the rules were being sold by the Naismith International Basketball Foundation.

I taking her first name is a sign of great things to come.

100 11 years, 12 months ago

If you're taking Selby as a sign of great things to come, we can also consider the name of the Kansas film maker who got Booth rolling with this idea to begin with, "Josh" Swade....

af13 11 years, 12 months ago

Awesome! I was hoping these would somehow find their way to Lawrence. Thank you Booth Family!

Ryan Gerstner 11 years, 12 months ago

That's awesome that he bought the original rules, but I wish he'd cut his donation to the University of Chicago in half and gave the other half to KU's School of Business.

Paul Rupp 11 years, 12 months ago

I hope the Booth Family earns enough to give all he wants to both. Quite frankly, I hope I do too!

100 11 years, 12 months ago

The Booth family has really helped to keep Naismith's story, purpose & values alive. They really get it & the thanks to this family from KU should last for generations & generations to come.

That said, Allen Fieldhouse was initially meant to be named after the inventor. Obviously that will never happen now, and none of us have really known any different.

With this in mind, I have an idea I think the Booths might be interested in, considering they understand the importance of what they have done.

I propose the Booth name becomes bigger. Not on the Fieldhouse itself. I say in place of where it says "Booth Family Hall of Athletics", we replace it with "Naismith Family of Athletics."

The reason is because every sports fan in the world will know Booth's name from this point on as a great humanitarian who purchased Naismith's gift to the world. Probably even more so if we put the name Naismith on the front of Allen Fieldhouse, just steps from where his rules will rest.

As for the Booth family, another poster suggested the perfect idea: they need a jersey put up in the rafters & the "Booth Family of Athletics" sign can be as big as it needs to be on the inside. I say double the size. Triple it. And put it all throughout the corridors, Booth, booth, booth!!!!!!

All this in exchange for Naismith's name on the Fieldhouse....

I just feel if the message really is Naismith & his rules coming home to a Fieldhouse that was originally slated to be named for him, how nice of a gesture it would be to put Naismith's name on the Fieldhouse & Booth's name in the rafters for bringing the holy Grail back home?

100 11 years, 12 months ago

Lastly since the Booths now have, if at all possible, an even a bigger voice in Jayhawk basketball than they did before....

There needs to be a statue of Naismith right in front of the Fieldhouse....

Father of basketball & Father of coaching....

Side by side in bronze... Forever...

Thanks to the Booths....

jayhawkbuns 11 years, 12 months ago

I just read that three identical bronze statues of James Naismith are being created that will go to Springfield, MA, his birthplace in Canada, and, of course, KU! It was in an article from a Vancouver paper referencing the auction.

Too bad they didn't get Custer's flag to go with old Comanche the horse from the Battle of Little Bighorn located in the Natural History Museum, as well, lol.

Kevin John 11 years, 12 months ago

Its always a great day to be a JAYHAWK!!!!

Justin LoBurgio 11 years, 12 months ago

David Booth, a billionaire who is chairman and co-CEO of a Texas mutual fund company, said the purchase is a "challenge to the University of Kansas."

"As soon as they create a venue to house it and persuade us that they will maintain it, we will give them the papers," said Booth, who has an undergraduate degree from the school. "In the meantime, we will keep them in a vault."

100 11 years, 12 months ago

Nice New York Times article talking about Selby (not Josh Selby) & the importance of Josh (not Selby, the Kansas filmmaker) making this happen along with a talk from Coach Self.

All that said, can't wait to see Josh Selby follow these 13 rules and pass the ball in any direction!

REHawk 11 years, 12 months ago


Ludwig Supraphonic 11 years, 12 months ago

Positive, confidant, and gracious. These are the Jayhawks I went to school with. It makes me wonder about the origin of many posts I see at KUsports. RCJHKU!

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 12 months ago

what an amazing thing to do. jayhawk nation salutes you booth family!

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 12 months ago

oh yeah, one more thing. you wouldn't happen to have 8 million i could use for something?

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 12 months ago

tk, any word on how much curly neal went for!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 12 months ago

I think there was an addendum to the original 13 rules:

#14.....Do not allow anyone named Curly to stand beside these rules unless he has played the game of basketball on a level of strict compliance with these rules.

Jared Grillot 11 years, 12 months ago

I just read this, and just got chills down my spine. Thank you once again, Booth family, for this amazing thing you did to bring these basketball rules to where they belong. Just awesome. I can't wait to see them.

100 11 years, 12 months ago

Also want to thank Josh Swade for kicking this thing into gear because it really looks like without him this World Treasure that has spent 40 years of it's life in Lawrence would have ended up in the Smithsonian.

Not a bad place. But not where Naismith it. He wanted it right here.

Thanks Josh!

yates33333 11 years, 12 months ago

The Booths are really a prize, but, you know, Bill Self must be somebody else. How did KU get so lucky? Makes you proud to be a KU graduate.

yates33333 11 years, 12 months ago

And to think I was mad at Roy Williams for leaving. Excuse Me! Thanks for leaving Roy.

Paul Meyer 11 years, 12 months ago

Please take another look at this photograph: Is that Curly acting the role of Vanna for Sotheby's?

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 12 months ago

Another addendum discovered to the original 13 rules:

15 ....Should this game become a popular sport, and it is played on a collegiate level, no organization may be established and known by the initials, NCAA.

Sorry, NCAA, you must cease and desist immediately!

Tony Bandle 11 years, 12 months ago

If that would do it you could paint a copy of the rules and put them on every seat in Allen.

The true value, power and impact for any document is knowing that this indeed is the original piece of history. I understand yuour suggestion but I'm pretty sure the Booths paid 4 mil plus to put it in storage.....not!

They have done their part. I feel it's up to the School and all of us Jayhawks to kick in and come up with the perfect location and the most secure containment system available.

One thought, have it encased in the Naismith floor with a clear top right at the corner of where the Hawks come out of the locker room and everytime the Hawks hit the floor, they each bend down and slap the rules in acknowledgement and honor....the place would go crazy!!!!

CaramelMacchMan 11 years, 12 months ago

Dear Jayhawk nation,

Merry Christmas

  • Booth Family

kennethst 11 years, 12 months ago

Booth is awesome! Thank you.

And I'm happy to see Jaybate is back!!!!!

tcordel 11 years, 12 months ago

Amazing. When I heard it was going to be up for auction I thought it needed to be here in Lawrence but I didn't think it would actually happen. My thoughts on the placement of the rules:

  • not in the middle of the court, although a cool idea, it needs to be somewhere where people can see it up close.
  • I like the idea of it being in the tunnel where the hawks run out, just viewable from the stands so the players can touch it before games.
  • I like the idea of its own building too. Like on the front lawn outside AFH. Almost like a mausoleum or something. Made out of limestone (rock chalk). Needs to be very mysterious yet kind of ostentatious looking. Outside of it could be a large statue of Naismith with peach basket facing Phog Allen's statue. A 24 hour guard next to it like the tomb of unknown soldier perhaps? lol.

With all this hoop-la (pun intended, sorry) about it and considering how much the Booths paid (thank you Booths) I wonder if the rules come in the ark of the covenant and if we can even view them without dying lol.

Kye Clark 11 years, 11 months ago

Someone should make Ben Howland read these rules, particularly rule #5:

  1. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed;

It should also be pointed out to him that no where in the rules (nor in the current rules) does it declare that rule #5 shall be ignored in the waning seconds of a game.

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