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BASKETBALL TRIVIA III

21) What team drafted Pau Gasol in the 2001 NBA draft?


Gasol was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft, but his rights were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies where he was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002.

22) What NBA player has won the most league MVPs?


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record-setting six times in his career.

23) What teammates were nicknamed the "Splash Brothers"?


During the 2013-14 season, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were nicknamed the "Splash Brothers" en route to setting the NBA record for combined three-pointers in a season with 484, a record they broke the following season (525) and again in the 2015-16 season (678).

24) How many points did LeBron James score in his first NBA game?


In his first professional game, James recorded 25 points against the Sacramento Kings, setting an NBA record for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in his debut outing.

25) Who is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history?


Born in Würzburg, Germany, Nowitzki is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA-history.

26) Who was the shortest player in NBA history?


At 5 ft 3 in, point guard Muggsy Bogues was the shortest player in NBA history. While playing for the Washington Bullets, he was teammates with Manute Bol who was one of the tallest players in NBA history, standing at almost 7 ft 7 in.

27) What NBA player was nicknamed "The Glide"?


Clyde "The Glide" Drexler was famed for his speed and athleticism on the court and his easygoing and quiet demeanor off the court.

28) How many players were allowed on the court per team in the first college basketball game?


The first recorded game between two college teams occurred on February 9, 1895, when Hamline University faced Minnesota A&M. The game was played under rules allowing nine players per side.

29) Who is the only coach to win both an NCAA national championship and an NBA title?


Larry Brown is the only coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship (Kansas, 1988) and an NBA title (Pistons, 2004).

30) Why did Michael Jordan wear number 45 when he came out of retirement?


Michael Jordan wore the number 45 when he first returned to the NBA because his number 23 had already been retired by the Bulls. Also, his older brother wore 45 in high school, and Jordan wore 45 during his minor league baseball career with the Birmingham Barons.

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