The only American sport which has managed to catch on almost everywhere on Earth, due to the absence of gayness, obesity, laziness and stupidity among athletes and fans which characterise other American sports.
Actually the only sport which can claim to be a true American sport, being the only mainstream sport to have its roots in the US.
Due to the presence of dribbling, individual creativity and a general emphasis on skilful play and not brainless muscle, as found in international sports like Football(soccer), Rugby, Hockey etc. Basketball has spread around the world and is truly loved everywhere, even though it may not have supplanted the afore-mentioned sports.
These attributes, however, are what alienate brainless, know-nothing, ADD-wracked Americans who claim to be sports fans, making it only third in popularity in America, behind American Fatball and Boreball.
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