The First time the Basketball in Lebanon was ever known, was in the mid twenties in the American University of Beirut. Mr. Gabi Arbaji was the first to prepare a basketball playground in Tabaris area, where the early competitions (college competitions) were held there. In 1939 the first college championship was organized and the final game opposed the Makassed team to the AUB and ended with a major victory to Makassed with a score of (33 - 11). The Lebanese Basketball Federation was jointly founded later in 1949 along with the Lebanese Volleyball Federation . The Lebanese Basketball Federation is a member of the International, Asian, West Asian and Arab basketball organizations. The two federations broke up and the first independent Lebanese Basketball Federation was born in 1955. But the Lebanese Basketball Championship was already organized back in 1951. The Lebanese Basketball Championship was organized and the champions were crowned till 1975 when the dramatic war stopped everything. In this period before the war Riyadi team had the biggest number of trophees. During the war the basketball never stopped and there was always tournaments organized between the clubs of each section in the country and the players did not stop from doing their best hobby. After the war in 1993 the 1st championship was organized under the era of Tony Khoury who stood in the Federation for so many years and from that time the media started to had a bigger interest in this game until late 1996 when a new Federation was born with Antoin Chartier as a president , at that time the LBC interfered and sponsored the game so this date was the big launching of the Lebanese Basketball.

This new federation started to organize lot of championships (other categories . ages championships , .............) , in 1997 that championship finished as Riyadi Champion , the next season they went to Malyasia to participate in the Asian championship for clubs they reached the 3rd place and on their return to Beirut all the roads to the airport were closed because the Lebanese fans were on the streets to meet their champions. The same year in 1998 Riaydi lost the championship to their big rival Sagesse . The Lebanese Basketball Federation hosted a big tournament the Arab club Championship in Which Sagesse won the 1st ever trophy to Lebanon after loosing the final in 1996 in Beirut also. Beirut did not sleep that night all over he country people were on the roads partying till dawn , the next day all the schools were closed. In 1999 Beirut hosted the Asian Champion ship for clubs , Sagesse managed to win the 1st ever Asian title for Lebanese teams , the mood that day was unbelievable everybody forget about the previous title and the parties were crazy in all over the country. This same year Sagesse managed to retain their title in the Arab club Championship which was held for the 2nd consecutive time in Beirut. Late 1999 new Elections were made and a new group came to the federation on their head Mr. Jean Hammam with a big target in his mind to reach to higher levels on the clubs and national teams competitions. So the new federation started to work on the national teams Men, Women , Young man , Junior Men with bringing the best coaches.

In May 2000 Lebanon hosted once more the Asian Champion ship for clubs and one more time Sagesse managed to win it and to create history by being the only team to win this championship 2 consecutive times. The new group changed the regulation of the federation in a way that can fit the targets designed .And the they have created new regulations for the players concerning their transfers and their signatures in their clubs. These new rules changed the idea of Basketball in Lebanon and the Basketball player , he turned down to be a professional one after these changes.

In march 2000 Sagesse lost their Arabic Title in Dubai and finished the championship in the 3rd place. In 2001 Sagesse failed to retain their Asian Title in Dubai , they finished 6th. In 2002 Beirut hosted the Arab club Championship once again Sagesse failed to regian their title back and they finished 4th in the Championship , but the Women's team of Sagesse Mar Doumit made another history by Winning the Arab Title for the 1st in the History of the Lebanese Woman Basketball. In 2000 the Lebanese Basketball Federation signed a contract with the best coach ever to came to the Middle East Andrew Young , he started to prepare all the National teams for the big events to come. The Lebanese National Team won the WABA championship that year but lost their coach one day before the start of the championship who passed away in a hospital in Beirut from a long time illness . This event gave the Lebanese national team a bigger motivation to go till the end , the next year in 2001under another American coach John Neuman they played the 2nd round of Qualifications of WABA which led them to play the Asian Championship for National Team in China .This tournament will turn down to be the best result in the history of Lebanese Basketball . for the 1st participation in a such event Lebanon managed to reach the semi Final and to beat Korea and reach the Final and in the same time to reach the World Championship in the USA in 2002 .Lebanon lost in the final but in Lebanon every place were full of emotions , and the national team players were the long time waited heroes for the Lebanese People , the celebrations were everywhere in the country , the president of the republic and the prime minister met the Lebanese Team and congratulate them.

In 2002 the Lebanese National team went to so many camps in the USA before 1 month of the Championship , and they managed t show a good level of the Lebanese Basketball , Lebanon was ranked at the end 16. In 2003 the Lebanese National team with a new coach Ghassan Sarkis reached the final of the Jordan Tournament to loose against the Egyptian team , and they reached the semi final of the Asian Championship in China to loose against the Korean team by overtime and to be ranked 4th overall in the championship. As for the other national teams in 2000 the Junior National Team played the Asian Championship in Malaysia after playing the Qualifications in Beirut in reaching the 2nd place, in 2001 the Junior National Team won the WABA Championship which qualified him to play the Asian Championship in Kuwait in 2002 in which he reached the 9th place with 1 loss. In 2003 they played the qualifications for the Asian Championship in Yemen and they reached the 2nd place. The women national team played the Arab Championship in 2000 in Algeria , they won all their games except the one against the home team so they reached the 2nd spot which was a great results for the Women Basketball . In 2003 They won the Jordan tournament after beating all the Arab national teams with comfortable margin , the women national is full of new generation players. As for the young men national team they played the WABA Championship in 2003 and they reached the 2nd spot. In 2004 Sagesse made another step in the history after winning back the Asian Championship for Clubs in Dubai and to be the 1st team ever to win it 3 times.

In 2005 The Lebanese Men National Team Made another historic achievement by Qualifying to the 2md consecutive time to the World Championship by finishing 2nd in the Asian Championship behind China. In 2005 Riyadi imposed its supremacy on the Arabic clubs scene by winning the Arab Club Championship which was held in Dubai. In 2006 Lebanon had its most successful summer of Basketball , The men national team achieved the best results for Lebanon by beating Venezuela and Canada in the ALPOS CUP in Slovenia and by Beating again Venezuela and the big name in the World of sports "FRANCE" in the world championship in Japan. The Lebanese Junior National added to this great achievement another one which was the qualification to the U19 Men World Championship for the first time ever which will be held in Vancouver - Canada in July 2007. Riyadi - Beirut Club Once again retained its Arabic title by winning the Arabic Title in Morocco. As for the women's Antranik -Beirut club created history by being the only Lebanese team to win the Arab Championship for Women's clubs for the first time outside Lebanon , the championship was held in Dubai.