Basketball Trivia

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The NBA-backed Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) began in what year? 1997.

How many times did the Boston Celtics win the NBA championship between 1957 and 1969? A: 11.
Q: How many NBA titles did Magic Johnson help the Lakers win as a player? A: Five.

Q: What NBA hoopster is known as "The Worm"?
A: Dennis Rodman.

Q: What NBA coach got cosmic by penning the Zen book Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior? A: Phil Jackson

Who invented the first basketball used in an official game?
AG Spaulding
What's an NBA player deemed to be if he's received the Maurice Podoloff Trophy? The most valuable player.

Q: What 20th-century decade saw the NBA adopt the 24-second shot clock? A: The 1950s
How was Lew Alcindor later known?
A: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
In what year was Larry Bird first named NBA's MVP?
A: 1984.

Who invented basketball?
James Naismith is known to be the man who invented the game basketball Basketball was originally played with what type of ball?
Soccer ball and two peach baskets with the bottoms cut out.

Who was the NBA Coach of the Year trophy named after?
A: Red Auerbach.

Q: What NBA team retired jersey numbers 3, 33, 32, and 35 in the 1990s? A: The Boston Celtics
Q: What NBA team is known in China as "the Red Oxen"?
A: The Chicago Bulls.

Q: What seven-foot-one NBA center's first name translates as "little one"? A: Shaquille O'Neal's.

Q: Who was the last Boston Celtics coach to lead the team to two straight NBA titles? A: Bill Russell.

For men, the official ball is 29.5 inches in circumference

Q: What Celtics star of the 1980s did the Boston Globe say looked like Herman Munster? A: Kevin McHale.
Q: What NBA team is named after a car part?
A: The Detroit Pistons.

If women are playing, the official basketball size is 28.5 inches Q: What hoopster scored in double figures in 787 straight games, from December 4, 1977 to December 4, 1987? A: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Q: What two NBA stars did Forbes list as the highest paid athletes for 1994? A:Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal
Q: Who earned $32 million of his $36 million 1993 earnings from endorsements? A: Michael Jordan.
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Q: What 1960 rookie bested the league's "triple double" record of two during his first week in the NBA? A: Oscar Robertson.
Q: What seven-foot-two Chicago Bulls hoopster was the first Australian to lay in the NBA? A: Lue Longley
Q: What future NBA star was dubbed "Boy Gorge" when his weight passed 300 pounds in college? A: Charles Barkley.
Q: What Lakers coach had been an 11th-round pick in the 1967 NFL draft? A: Pat Riley.
Q: What NBA team plays home games at a facility nicknamed "The O-rena"? A: The Orlando Magic
Q: Who became the NBA's winningest coach ever on January 6, 1995? A: Lenny Wilkins
Q: Who netted an NBA record 72.7 field goal percentage in the 1972-73 season? A: Wilt Chamberlain.
Q: What sports team got its name because its owners wanted to "set the pace" in the NBA? A: The Indiana Pacers.
Q: What NBA star attempted a record 28,307 field goals in regular season games? A: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Q: What NBA team started out in 1948 as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks? A: The Atlanta Hawks.
Q: What NBA team failed to make the playoffs in 1994 for the first time since 1976? A: The Los Angeles Lakers.
Q: What basketball team was the first in major league sports to be named for an insect? A: The Charlotte Hornets.
Q: What L.A. Lakers great might have played for Chicago if the Bulls had called "tails" in a 1979 NBA coin toss? A: Magic Johnson

Q: What Chicago Bulls coach has checked into hotels under the pseudonym "Mr. Red Cloud"? A: Phil Jackson.
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Q: What NBA team plays home games in an arena located at Two Pennsylvania Plaza? A: The New York Knicks.
Q: What NBA hoopster averaged an amazing 48.5 minutes per game, including overtime, in the 1961-62 season? A: Wilt Chamberlin.
Q: What NBA star retired for the third time on May 14,...
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