Naismith was a Physical Educator who invented Basketball. His students who thrived on rigorous outdoor sports were too rowdy when confined indoors during the winter. So he designed Basketball to minimize body contact. The goal was placed high over the players heads to make it unguardable. There is an interesting description of the games inception here The origin of Basketball
I watched the recent Raptors-Warriors game 3 battle. It was a feisty, exciting game with plenty of body contact. The local pub had a noisy crowd standing room only. Eager fans are already gathering at Jurassic Park for tomorrow night's battle.
Naismith earned many awards in Sports Halls of Fame. He was born and raised in Almonte, Ontario. So another Canadian game, eh.