NBA Trivia and Answers

Basketball has come to be loved by fans all over the world. NBA has without a doubt come to be recognized as the highest peak of basketball excellence. Here at TriviaQN we love the NBA and have collected a myriad of it's noteworthy and maybe not so noteworthy history trivia. We are delighted to present you with our fun and challenging trivia questions about it.

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In 1948, which NBA basketball team did the Harlem Globetrotters defeat which eventually helped break the NBA's color barrier?

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Answer: Minneapolis Lakers
More information: The reason the Harlem Globetrotters are said to have become a comedy act is because they were so dominant in basketball, being on a 102-game winning streak when matching up against the Minneapolis Lakers in 1948, that they eventually started goofing off just for fun. The Globetrotters' two-point victory helped in solidifying the fact that African-Americans, who were not allowed in the NBA at the time, were viable professional basketball athletes.

Medium

Who is credited with being the first person to play in the NBA to ever come out publicly as a homosexual?

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Answer: John Amaechi
More information: Though Jason Collins later gained popularity for being the first active gay NBA player, John Amaechi, who played in the NBA from 1995 to 2003, came out in 2007, a whole six years before Collins did.

Medium

Budding 1990's European basketball star Dražen Petrović's career was cut short when he died in a car crash at 28 years of age. What was the last NBA team he played for?

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Answer: New Jersey Nets
More information: Dražen Petrović was an up-and-coming player on a young New Jersey Nets' squad at the time. His untimely death stunted the team's development by years.

Medium

Before taking on the moniker of Golden State in 1971, the Warriors' franchise was named after which California city?

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Answer: San Francisco
More information: From 1962 to 1971, this franchise was known as the San Francisco Warriors after relocating to that city from Philadelphia.

Hard

Which team actually chose the long-lasting Vince Carter during 1998 NBA Draft?

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Answer: Golden State Warriors
More information: The Golden State Warriors actually selected Vinsanity fifth in the 1998 Draft and then traded him to the Toronto Raptors for his college teammate, Antawn Jamison, who was selected fourth.

Medium

Which NBA personality actually owns the term "three-peat", referring to a team winning three consecutive championships?

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Answer: Pat Riley
More information: Although Pat Riley trademarked the term "three-peat" in 1988, he credits one of his players at the time, Byron Scott, with coining the phrase. Riley reportedly earned $300,000 in royalties when the Bulls three-peated in the 1990's.

Medium

Hall of Fame NBA player Larry Bird also won NBA Coach of the Year while coaching which team?

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Answer: Indiana Pacers
More information: In his first year as coach of the Indiana Pacers (with Indiana being his home state), during the 1997-98 season, Larry Bird won Coach of the Year. This feat made him the only person in the first 70 years of NBA history to have won both this award and MVP.

Easy

Who did Michael Jordan, as President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards, select with the first pick in the 2001 NBA Draft?

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Answer: Kwame Brown
More information: Despite going on to have a 12-year NBA career as a player and headlining a weak draft class, Kwame Brown is still considered by many pundits to be a bust due to being drafted so high yet never living up to the hype of a number-one pick.

Medium

Which NBA player scored 71 points in a single game in 1994?

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Answer: David Robinson
More information: During the Spurs' final regular season game of 1994, David Robinson intentionally set out to score 71 points - and achieved the feat to snatch that season's scoring title from Shaquille O'Neal, who was leading him by an average of .06 points going into the game.

VeryHard

The 2000 US Olympic basketball team featured two players from the Miami Heat (Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning). Which was the only other NBA team to have two players on that team?

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Answer: Seattle SuperSonics
More information: Vin Baker and Gary Payton, both players on the Seattle SuperSonics at the time, were also members of the 2000 US Olympic basketball team.



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