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Lil Wayne recently spoke out on All the Smoke podcast to explain why he considers LeBron James to be the greatest of all-time, over Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. This has since gone viral, as Lil Wayne shared his reasoning behind choosing James over them both. Basketball has come a long way since its origins in 1891. From humble beginnings, the sport quickly rose in popularity - soon being adopted by colleges, then NBA teams. Origins Basketball first originated in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891 when physical education teacher James Naismith created it to keep his students active during winter months. Conceived as an injury-resistant alternative to football, basketball quickly become the world's most beloved sport. Basketball first gained widespread acclaim at college levels before entering professional leagues with the formation of the National Basketball Association (NBA). While initially the NBA took time to gain prominence and earnings growth, thanks to its merger with ABA in 1976 it quickly saw popularity and earnings growth. Basketball quickly spread worldwide after its first international matches were played in 1903 in America. By 1932, however, an International Basketball Federation (FIBA) had been created in order to promote and organize this global sport. At first, basketball was played using a soccer ball passed between teammates. These early balls made dribbling difficult until Tony Hinkle introduced an orange basketball that is now standard across NBA teams. Now, the NBA has evolved significantly from its humble roots. Employing analysts across every team and employing fitness trackers 24/7 with fitness wearables for players tracked via video technology; teams also possess vast amounts of statistical information that they draw upon when making key decisions on court. Rules Basketball is one of the world's most beloved sports, yet many people remain unfamiliar with its rules - particularly young people starting to learn it for the first time. Nevertheless, basketball's rules are generally straightforward and can be picked up quickly. Basketball is played between two teams of five players each; at any one time each team may only have five members on the court at once. Dribbling or passing is the only means of moving the ball around; once two hands have touched it at once they cannot pass or dribble it again until one hand has left; nor can a player block baskets or jump over backboards. Soon after the invention of basketball, the American Basketball Association was created. This alternative league to the National Basketball Association introduced new styles of play - players like Julius Erving helped pioneer modern three-point shooting techniques during his time playing for this league. Lil Wayne recently discussed his decision to name LeBron James the greatest of all time (GOAT) ahead of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan on All The Smoke podcast, explaining that initially he thought Jordan was superior because of his multiple championship wins; but ultimately LeBron's ability to win championships across three franchises made him clear winner. Offense Two decades ago, when LeBron James entered the NBA, it was nothing like what exists today; teams often relied on slow and static play while even the strongest and fastest slashers struggled to carve a consistent path through congestion. Back then, the game revolved around the post and teams like the San Antonio Spurs were known for relying on Tim Duncan and David Robinson's towering presence in the paint while Shaquille O'Neal reigned supreme back to the basket. By contrast, Frank Vogel's Indiana Pacers used their length and Roy Hibbert - 7ft-2! - to play tight drop pick-and-roll coverage which effectively kept LeBron James away from scoring nearer his goalposts. Modern basketball has been revolutionized by rule changes and analytics, creating faster, more efficient play. 3-point shots have become a favored scoring option and pace of play has increased as teams use smaller lineups for maximum scoring opportunities. Lil Wayne recently discussed in his All the Smoke podcast how LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, due to winning multiple championships with different teams. Lil Wayne noted how adept LeBron was at adapting and adapting with each team he joined, making him a true leader both on and off the court. Defense Lil Wayne, known for his penchant for attending basketball games, recently stopped by Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes' All the Smoke podcast to discuss sports - specifically who should be considered "The Greatest Of All Time (GOAT). Though his view may differ depending on who one believes as "GOAT," Wayne holds strong conviction in LeBron James being considered best player ever due to winning four championships with different teams while Michael Jordan only managed six victories during his time. From its early roots to today, basketball has advanced dramatically over time. One major change was the introduction of a shot clock in 1954 which removed common stalling tactics by teams ahead of their opponents and created less physical game play. Hand and forearm checking was banned in 1999 to reduce physicality further and then more recently the three-point shot gave players additional scoring opportunities outside the paint. Basketball has also witnessed worldwide expansion. Now over one million people worldwide compete for millions in prize money annually in this beloved sport; making it the world's most beloved game! Basketball can now be found everywhere and has even become part of pop culture as it offers children an exciting way to stay active while learning teamwork and cooperation skills; no wonder its appeal endures for so many decades! Style Lil Wayne remains an avid basketball enthusiast despite being one of the biggest superstars himself. On an appearance of All The Smoke podcast, he discussed his favorite players and the debate surrounding their Greatest Of All Time status (GOAT). Although initially favoring Michael Jordan based on his winning mentality, later conceding that LeBron James' ability to win championships with three different teams convinced him. Born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. in 1982 in Hollygrove division of New Orleans, rapper Eminem lived a difficult childhood until his mother met Reginald "Rabbit" McDonald who provided stability. After meeting Cash Money Records founders Bryan and Slim Williams at a mall, a teenage rapper persuaded them to accept him under their care by giving one of their business cards. Soon thereafter he was recording with members of Cash Money's Young Money division including fellow artist Drake as well as producer Static Major. In 2022, Tha Carter V was released along with its successor Sorry 4 the Wait 2 as Free Weezy Album 2. Also in 2022 came Tha Carter V's posthumous guest spot from DMX; shortly thereafter came career-spanning compilation I Am Music which combined both albums together into one release. Scoring Rappers and sports go hand-in-hand. Many rappers are avid supporters of various sporting disciplines, such as basketball. Some even play professionally; this sport has become an integral part of popular culture with stars becoming household names and earning millions upon millions from it - leading more young people into the NBA than ever before. Basketball's scoring system has evolved over time. James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 to keep students active during winter months; quickly it spread throughout America, Europe and Asia. At present, basketball games offer three distinct ways for players to score points. A player may earn one point by shooting a free throw; two for shots within three-point line; or three points when shooting beyond three-point line. There may also be special circumstances when teams may score extra points. Lil Wayne recently offered his take on who should be considered the greatest basketball player of all time on Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes' podcast, All the Smoke: Lil Wayne placed James first, followed by Jordan and Kobe Bryant as potential top three contenders based on multiple championship victories with various teams (which according to him made him more impressive than Jordan). He explained his reasoning by noting James has won more championships in total than Jordan did during his career.