Many of the professional teams during this period were "barnstormers," pro teams that travelled to play local teams for money.
None of the teams in existence today come from those old leagues, though one team, the Original Celtics from New York, helped inspire the naming of the Boston Celtics, while the Harlem Globetrotters, just an exhibition team (not in a professional league) came into existence in 1927.
The Original Celtics, and in particular one of their players, Nat Holman, brought passing to a new level in the 1920's , while ball-handling became an art under Marques Haynes of the Globetrotters.
International Popularity Early 1900's Basketball's domestic growth was nearly equaled by its international growth. was not one of the original members of FIBA; it joined two years later, in 1934.
Early in the game's history, colleges began to play games against each other, with some of the earliest college leagues formed by Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Princeton.
Some of today's basketball staples, including the layup, the one-hand shot and the dunk, were created by college players.
Almost all of the players belonged to an NFL roster at the time of the incident.
Still, while the teams did not last, some of the changes they brought did.
In 1908, the rule of a player being ejected from a game after five fouls was introduced (five fouls is still the standard in college basketball, while the pro game now uses six).
The second avenue was college; college basketball was far more widespread and popular than any early professional leagues.
That is not to say, however, that the early professional leagues did not matter; they were simply poorly organized.