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BASKETBALL TRIVIA IV

31) Who invented the game of basketball?


The game of basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian-American physician, in December 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts to condition young athletes during cold months. It consisted of peach baskets and a soccer style ball. Naismith lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904 and as an official event at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

32) What city were the Detroit Pistons originally founded in?


The Detroit Pistons were founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons in 1941, a member of the National Basketball League.

33) What NBA player was nicknamed "Plastic Man"?


Stacey Augmon gained the nickname "Plastic Man" due to his athletic ability to "stretch". When he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the ninth pick of the 1991 NBA Draft, Bill Walton famously said "Russell begat Kareem, Kareem begat Magic, and so Magic has begat the Plastic Man."

34) What team won the first National Basketball League championship?


The first professional basketball league was founded in 1898. Six teams took part in the National Basketball League, and the first champions were the Trenton Nationals, followed by the New York Wanderers, the Bristol Pile Drivers and the Camden Electrics. The league was abandoned in 1904.

35) Who is the NBA Championship trophy named after?


In 1984, the league renamed the trophy to honor outgoing NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien. O'Brien, who served as commissioner from 1975-84, was previously the Postmaster General under Lyndon Johnson and a chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

36) Which NBA team plays at Madison Square Garden?


Billed as the "World's Most Famous Arena", Madison Square Garden is home to the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and New York Liberty.

37) What NBA player was nicknamed "Houdini of the Hardwood"?


Cousy was initially drafted as the third overall pick in the first round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, but after he refused to report, he was picked up by Boston. Cousy had a very successful career with the Celtics, playing on six championship teams, being voted into 13 NBA All-Star Games, and winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 1957.

38) Who has the most blocked shots in NBA history?


With 3,830 total blocks, Hakeem Olajuwon holds the record for most career blocks.

39) Who was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association?


More commonly known as Dr. J, Julius Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABA's Virginia Squires and New York Nets (now the NBA's Brooklyn Nets) and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

40) Who was the first player to lead the NBA in both scoring and steals in the same season?


Michael Jordan was the first player in NBA history to lead the league both in scoring and steals in the same season (1987-88, 1989-90, 1992-93).

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