We weren't immediately convinced that there'd be five great stories to tell about accurately putting a ball through a hoop, but this short series from ESPN proved us wrong. We were intrigued by its revelations about formative moments in the sport: the first dunk in women's basketball, the evidence of which had been lost for decades; the simple action that sparked the sneaker wars; the racial tensions that ultimately led to the introduction of the three-point rule (this episode also being a collaboration with 99% Invisible). As natives of a country more generally interested in oval ball sports, we also learned some unexpected things about the American way of basketballing, e.g. that there's a professional contest just for doing awesome dunks. It is right and good that such a thing exists and we will treasure this fact for years to come. Each episode runs about 15 minutes, so the lot can be heard in just over an hour.
Gateway episodes: Ep. 2 - The Yin & Yang of Basketball (4 Apr 2016) / Ep. 3 - Missing Milestone (4 Apr 2016)