Answer: Minneapolis Lakers
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.
Answer: Bow Wow
In 2017, Bow Wow recounted a tale when, as a child visiting Michael Jordan's home, His Airness discarded a pair of his Allen Iverson Reeboks and took additional offense to Bow Wow wearing shorts from a college (Duke) that rivals the one Jordan went to (North Carolina).
Answer: Alonzo Mourning
Few players have displayed the resiliency of center Alonzo Mourning who retired from the NBA in 2003 due to kidney disease, had a transplant in 2004 and then returned to play for the Miami Heat in 2005, helping them win a championship in 2006.
Answer: Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons, led by point guard Chauncey Billups, upset the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers to win the NBA Championship in 2004.
Answer: Vince Carter
In the year 2000, high flyer Vince Carter, who stands at 6'6" (1.98 m), jumped over a French player, who at 7'2"(2.18 m), was considerably taller than him.
Answer: Paul Pierce
Paul "the Truth" Pierce couldn't help but to share with the world the fact that he was on a private jet with none other than Al "Scarface" Pacino in April 2014, with the Instagram photo being captioned "Bosses chillin."
Answer: Mychal Thompson
Mychal Thompson, hailing from the Bahamas, was the first foreign-born player to be selected number-one in the NBA Draft, with this occurring in 1978.
Answer: Speedy Claxton
Craig "Speedy" Claxton was drafted 20th by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2000 yet is best known for earning a champisonship as a member of the Spurs in 2003.
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.
Though (also) an American citizen, Kyrie Irving was born in Australia as his father, Drederick Irving, was a professional basketball player there.
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