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In January of 2019, which NBA player broke Wilt Chamberlain's record of most consecutive games with a triple-double?

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Answer: Russell Westbrook
More information: Russell Westbrook's achievement of a triple-double (21 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) against the Portland Trailblazers on 12 February 2019 was his tenth straight game doing such, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's previous record of nine consecutive set in 1968.

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Which of these 20th century NBA players spent three years playing Major League Baseball before entering the NBA?

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Answer: Danny Ainge
More information: As of 2019, Danny Ainge holds the distinction of being the only athlete in history to be named an All-American in football, baseball and basketball. He played for the Toronto Blue Jays for three seasons before entering the 1981 NBA Draft.

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2004's infamous "Malice at the Palace" incident took place in the arena of which NBA team?

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Answer: Detroit Pistons
More information: The "Malice at the Palace", perhaps the most-disturbing event in the history of the NBA, involved members of the visiting Indiana Pacers brawling in the stands with fans of Detroit Pistons, who formerly played at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.

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Which rookie player was key in helping the Houston Rockets win the NBA Championship in 1994?

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Answer: Sam Cassell
More information: Though selected 24th in the 1993 NBA Draft, as a rookie, Sam Cassell was a key contributor to the 1993-94 Rocket's Championship run. He won two Championships with the team in his first two years in the NBA and went on to have a notable career.

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Which player was selected first in the 1983 NBA Draft?

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Answer: Ralph Sampson
More information: Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson was picked first overall by the Houston Rockets during the 1983 NBA draft. He had a ton of potential and an amazing start to his NBA career, winning many prestigious awards and accolades. However, his latter professional years were unfortunately stunted by injuries.

VeryHard

Which NBA player has had a tattoo of the late Malcolm X on his left calve at least since 2012?

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Answer: Derrick Rose
More information: 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.

Easy

NBA brothers Pau and Marc Gasol hail from which foreign country?

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Answer: Spain
More information: 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.

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Which was the first team to break the record set by the 1996 Bulls of 72 regular-season victories against only 10 losses?

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Answer: Golden State Warriors
More information: The 2016 Golden State Warriors broke this record by going an uncanny 73 and 9 throughout the regular season. However, unlike the '96 Bulls, they lost in the NBA Finals.

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Who was the cover athlete of the video game "NBA Live 99"?

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Answer: Antoine Walker
More information: 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.

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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.



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