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Quiz I

  1. Who invented the game in 1891?
  2. How many players in total are on a basketball court at the same time?
  3. The United States men's Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the "Dream Team", competed in which year at the Olympics?
  4. Which tune has been adopted as the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team?



  5. Who won the NBA's Most Valuable Player a record six times, between 1971 and 1980, while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers?
  6. Which small European country, with a population of under 3 million, is a traditional force of the sport in Europe?
  7. In feet, what is the height of a basketball rim?
  8. Michael Jordan's leaping ability earned him which nickname?
  9. What term is given to an unblocked shot which misses the basket, the rim, and the backboard entirely?
  10. The American professional basketball team based in Miami are normally known as "the ..." what?
  11. Who won the National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013?
  12. In the UK, which city is home to the British Basketball League's head offices, and also won the league in 2016 and 2017?
  13. Who was known for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities, and was nicknamed 'the worm'?
  14. What is it called when a player from either team retrieves the ball and gains possession after a missed shot?
  15. Which cities do these current British basketball teams represent: (a)The Giants, (b)the Force, (c)the Eagles, and (d)the Rocks?


Answers:

  1. James Naismith
  2. 10 (5-a-side)
  3. 1992 (Barcelona)
  4. Sweet Georgia Brown
  5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  6. Lithuania
  7. Ten feet
  8. Air ball
  9. Air Jordan (or His Airness)
  10. The Heat (Miami Heat)
  11. LeBron James
  12. leicester (Leicester Riders are their team)
  13. Dennis Rodman
  14. Rebound
  15. (a)Manchester, (b)Leeds, (c)Newcastle, and (d)Glasgow




Basketball Quiz II

  1. Which player is the only one ever to score a record 100 points in an NBA game?
  2. Which European country won silver medals at the 1984, 2008, and 2012 Olympics, and a bronze in 2016?
  3. With the name 'Lucky', what is the Boston Celtic's mascot?
  4. Which acronym represents the association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball?
  5. Magic Johnson played point guard for 13 seasons with which team?
  6. Which part of the body is also a name given to the area of the court where the free throw line meets the side of the key?
  7. In 1999, which Boston Celtic player ranked number 30 in ESPN's Sports Century's 50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th century?
  8. New York's team are commonly referred to as the Knicks, what is 'Knicks' short for? And at which arena do the Knicks play their home games?
  9. Which line is informally known as the foul line or the charity stripe?
  10. What name is given to a stop in play which allows coaches to communicate with the team?
  11. Which basketball position, also known as the one, is typically the team's best dribbler, ball handler and passer, and usually the shortest player on the team?
  12. Who, having played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, became the oldest player to score 60 or more points in a game at 37 years of age in 2016?
  13. Considered one of the greatest players in history, who was also one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA, at 7 ft 1 inches tall and weighing 325 pounds?
  14. The Raptors compete in the NBA, but why are they noteably different?
  15. In which American cities do the following NBA teams play: (a)the Bulls, (b)the Cavs, (c)the Rockets, (d)76ers, and (e)the Celtics?

Answers:

  1. Wilt Chamberlin
  2. Spain
  3. A leprechaun
  4. FIBA (from its French name Federation internationale de basket-ball)
  5. Los Angeles Lakers (or Lakers)
  6. The elbow
  7. Larry Bird
  8. Knickerbockers. Madison Square Garden.
  9. Free throw line
  10. A timeout
  11. Point Guard
  12. Kobe Bryant
  13. Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (or 'Shaq')
  14. The only Canadian team to play in the NBA (based in Toronto)
  15. (a)Chicago, (b)Cleveland, (c)Houston, (d)Philadelphia, and (e)Boston




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