Answer: Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant's father, who was also an NBA player, was known in his playing days as Joe "Jellybean" Bryant.
Answer: Alvin Robertson
The legendary Alvin Robertson of the San Antonio Spurs took home the first Most Valuable Player Award in 1986, following respectively in the preceding years by Dale Ellis, Kevin Duckworth and Kevin Johnson.
In addition to being stars in the NBA during the early part of the 21st century, the Gasol brothers are also mainstays of the Spanish national basketball team.
Answer: Indiana Pacers
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.
Answer: Golden State Warriors
The triumvirate of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin were acronymed Run TMC based on the first letter from their names and due to their fast-paced, high-scoring style which was a predecessor for the method of play that would dominate the NBA some 20 years later.
Answer: Antoine Walker
In the earlier days of NBA-endorsed videogames, before EA's "NBA Live" franchise was eclipsed by "NBA 2K", the Boston Celtic's Antoine Jamison being featured on the cover of "NBA Live 99" was a big deal.
Answer: Sam Bowie
At that time, the Portland Trailblazers, who had the second pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, already had a couple of outstanding shooting guards and thus chose center Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan, whom the Chicago Bulls selected with the third pick. Bowie ultimately went on to earn the reputation of being a draft bust.
Answer: Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is clearly a fan of the 1960's civil rights leader Malcolm X, as he has his face is prominently displayed on the side of his left leg.
Answer: Sam Perkins
Sam "Big Smooth" Perkins, who played in the NBA from 1984 to 2001, was perhaps the first center who had a legitimate three-point shot.
Answer: Kobe Bryant
All-time great Kobe Bryant ultimately finished his career with 14,481 missed field goals.