Ang basketbol ay ang pinakatanyag na isport sa Pilipinas , na nilalaro sa parehong propesyonal at di-propesyonal na antas. Ipinakilala ang basketbol sa Pilipinas noong panahon ng pananakop ng Estados Unidos sa pagpapakilala ng mga gurong Amerikano na nagtuturo ng palakasan kasama ang basketbol sa pamamagitan ng YMCA at ang sistema ng paaralan. Nagkaroon ng pagtutol sa mga konserbatibong pangkat, partikular ang Simbahang Katoliko , ang basketbol para sa kababaihan dahil nakikitang nilang hindi naangkop ang kasuotang bloomer sa kanila. Noong pinahintulutan na isuot ang palda sa ibabaw ng bloomer bilang isang kompromiso, nanghina na ang basketbol para sa kababaihan at nilalaro lamang sa panlalawigan at lokal na interiskolastikong labanan. Mas ginusto ng mga kababaihan sa Pilipinas ang panloob na sopbol at gayon din ang balibol.
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Basketball is the most popular sport in the Philippines , played on both the amateur and professional levels. Basketball was introduced in the Philippines during the American colonial period with the first American teachers teaching the sport along with baseball through the YMCA and the school system. Women's basketball met opposition from conservative groups, particularly the Catholic Church who view bloomers worn by women basketball players as inappropriate. By the time skirts were allowed to be worn above bloomers as a compromise, women's basketball was already in decline and was only played in provincial and local interscholastic meets.
Basketbol sa Pilipinas
The First Conference opens on March 7. The format is a one-round eliminations among eight teams with the top four making it to the semifinals at the end of preliminary round. Purefoods, Philips and Swift Hotdogs made it to the next round by way of superior quotient over Magnolia and Lhuillier-Converse. Three foreign clubs were guest teams seeded into the semifinal round, they are the Hyundai Motors of South Korea, led by hotshot Lee Chung Hee , Golden Dragon of Taiwan and the Pacific All-stars, a tall team featuring top American servicemen in the Asia-Pacific region.
The rules are designed to make the Philippine game as interesting as possible. The 3-point line in Philippine games is 22 feet from the basket, according to the PBA rule book. The line was moved back in an effort to force players to become better shooters from longer distances. If a player, or players, is being physical, but no advantage is gained by either player, there will be no foul called.