Named after James Naismith, who is credited with creating the game in 1891, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (www.hoophall.com) is a devotee’s dream. The building itself is a tribute to the sport: It’s a giant silver basketball. 

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Inside, you’ll see uniforms, balls used in famous games and trophies. Interactive areas explain the history of the game and development of rules (like the 24-second shot clock). Walk along the upper balcony to view the photos and learn the histories of more than 300 inductees: famous and obscure players, coaches, referees, teams and colleges.

You can start speculating about which players from this year’s Final Four will someday be on the walls. And there are plenty of hoops hanging throughout the building with visitors invited to take a shot or two.

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