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NBA Quiz 2000

With a new NBA season starting up and with all you diehard basketball fans out there getting set t enjoy your favorite sport, now is the time for you to test your basketball knowledge.

If you answer more than half of these questions correctly you're a basketball genius. If you answer a quarter of these correctly you are a Good Sport. All others are Just Sports. Incidentally, if you find you are frustrated by all of this, it's really designed as more of an information source than a brainteaser. So relax and enjoy the challenge.

  1. He was a star third baseman during the thirties with the New York Yankees. But he was also one of four head coaches of the Toronto Huskies during the 1946-1947 season. Who was he? 
  2. Everybody knows of Red Auerbach and his great record as coach of the Boston Celtics. But he coached two other teams before he came to Boston. Name those teams. 
  3. The father played on the first NBA championship team, 1946-1947 Philadelphia Warriors. The son coached in the NBA. Name these tow people. Actually, I'll make it even easier on you. Just provide their last name. Actually, I'm not making it that easy because they both had the same first name. 
  4. Name the original coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Hint: initials C.H. 
  5. This may be the toughest question of all. Back in 1962, Wilt Chamberlain was unbelievable. He averaged an incredible 48.5 minutes per game. (That figures in some overtime games). Wilt was a horse. His backup hardly got any playing time at center. But he did get some minutes at forward. Name Mr. Anonymous 
  6. The red, white and blue basketball was symbolic of the old American Basketball Association. One guy generally gets the credit for making it happen in the ABA. Who is the guy? Hint: His initials are G.M. Bigger hint: His first name is George. 
  7.  Name the only coach ever thrown out of NBA All-Star Game. Hint: It was 1967. 
  8. This guy was the only player to lead both the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association in scoring. His feats took place two years apart in the 1960s. Who is he? 
  9. Where was Michael Jordan born? Careful, this is trickier than it seems. 
  10. Explain how the three NBA Texas teams got their nick-names (if you can explain one correctly you get full credit).


  1. Robert "Red" Rolfe.

  2. Washington Capitols and Tri-Cities Hawks.

  3. Guokas (first name: Matt).

  4. Cliff Hagan.

  5. Joe Ruklick.

  6. George Mikan.

  7. Red Auerbach.

  8. Rick Barry, NBA 1967, ABA, 1969.

  9. Brooklyn, New York.

  10. The Houston Rockets were once the San Diego Rockets. The nick-name suits both San Diego and Houston - space programs and industries being part of the landscape in those cities. The San Antonio Spurs got their nick-name in a public naming contest. The team is actually a descendant of the old Dallas Chaparrals of the ABA. But when the Chaps moved in 1973 to San Antonio, their nickname became a footnote to history. The Dallas Mavericks came into being in 1980. A contest was held to pick a name for the team and Mavericks won out because it was thought that it would underscore the Texas flavor of the franchise.

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Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to acclaim in 2011.  The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One. 

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