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Basketball is the sport we love for its immense energy and insane dynamics. Over the years, we have witnessed unforgettable names like Michael Jordan (see poster), Kobe Bryant (see poster), LeBron James (see poster) and many more. Our catalog of graphic basketball posters includes wild slam dunks, epic blocks, and legendary buzzer beaters.



Basketball posters with iconic moments

Basketball is a popular sport worldwide. Therefore, we also share many collective memories from the sport's greatest moments. What fans don't remember Jordan's last dance, the game-winning shot in the dying seconds of his Chicago Bulls career (see Michael Jordan poster), Larry Bird's famous steal against the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 (see Dennis Johnson poster) and countless other great moments. Our catalog of graphic basketball posters features iconic moments from the NBA, with more to come.

A modern sports poster

With THE PLAY®, you get a modern sports poster that fits perfectly in the home. Our posters are a chance for sophisticated and beautiful decoration, where the man of the house can still be involved. The artwork is created in a timeless design that anchors simple geometry with strong visual interpretations. The Nordic minimalist style reinvents the traditional sports poster in a format that visualizes the athletes' performance and captivates the viewer.

8 quick facts about basketball
  1. Basketball was invented in 1891 by gym teacher James Naismith as a task to invent an indoor winter activity.
  2. Originally, players were not allowed to move with the ball, but instead only throw it from where they stood. The first team credited with moving with dribbles was Yale in 1897.
  3. Slam dunks were illegal from 1967-1977.
  4. Michael Jordan paid a fine to the NBA every time he played because his Air Jordan shoes conflicted with the league's dress code.
  5. Standing at just 161 cm, Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history.
  6. The Celtics and Knicks are the only two teams in the NBA that have never changed location.
  7. Basketball became an officially Olympic sport at the Berlin Games in 1936.
  8. Michael Jordan, the greatest all-time player, has a career statistic of 32,292 points and a record-high 5,987 points scored in playoffs, which has never been surpassed.
The greatest basketball players

The greatest players in basketball shine among a sea of iconic names, including Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Charles Barkley, Kevin Durant, Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and many more. Who among these is the greatest player of all time is a debate that can never be resolved. But one thing is for sure: these men changed the sport and created memories for generations worldwide.

Basketball history

Basketball is a modern game and was first invented in 1891 in the USA by Canadian PE teacher James Naismith (1861-1939). Naismith was asked to construct a game for the winter season at the college where he worked. Originally, nine players played on each team, and the goals were peach baskets with bottoms, meaning players had to use a ladder to retrieve the ball after scoring. The first game in December 1891 ended 1-0.

Since then, the game has changed a lot. Technical development has meant that scoring in modern games often sees figures over 100 points. Shooting technique has contributed to this with the development from standing two-handed shots, which require space and time, to one-handed jump shots, which are fast and very difficult to cover. The physical development of players has also meant greater speed and jumping ability: an average height of around 200 cm is common for male elite players. Therefore, in the rules, attempts have been made to limit the dominance of tall players, including the introduction of the three-second rule, which means that attacking players who do not have the ball may not stay in the opponents' penalty area for more than three seconds. In 1984, the three-point scoring rule was also introduced, giving smaller players the opportunity to exploit their speed and long-range shooting ability.

In professional basketball, detailed statistics are kept for each player's fouls, scoring percentages, turnovers, etc., and all tactical moves are analyzed to the smallest detail. In this way, the game clearly bears the imprint of being developed in and associated with educational institutions such as high schools and universities.

Danish moments

In 1946, the American military team introduced basketball here, and the Danish Basketball Federation (DBBF) was founded in 1947. Three clubs were affiliated. The game achieved increasing popularity with new clubs emerging, especially in primary and secondary schools in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1990s, Danish basketball experienced a large increase in membership, which may be related to the sport's general popularity in a golden age period, where the star team Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, dominated the world. Today, DBBF has about 100 clubs with approximately 11,000 members.

The first official Danish Championship was played in 1958, and until 1992, the tournaments were dominated by SISU from Gentofte (11 gold, 8 silver), Efterslægten from Copenhagen (6 gold, 4 silver), BMS from Ballerup (6 gold, 1 silver), and Falcon from Frederiksberg (4 gold, 8 silver). Then the medals shifted towards Bakken Bears (16 gold, 5 silver), the dominant Danish team in recent years. On the national team level, Denmark's men are in Europe's A group.