Trivia challenge: Test your basketball IQ

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Think you know hoops? See how you score on this quiz.

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First Basketball court, Springfield
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Question 1 of 14 Score: 0

In what year was basketball invented?

Dr. James Naismith, a physical education teacher in Springfield, Mass., invented the game as a way to keep his class fit during long New England winters.

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James Naismith
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Question 2 of 14 Score: 0

The original ball used was actually intended for what sport?

Naismith had to use a bit of ingenuity when creating his new game and resorted to using a soccer ball. It wasn't until the 1950s that the bright orange balls we know today came into being.

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Cynthia Cooper
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Question 3 of 14 Score: 0

What year was the WNBA's inaugural season?

The Women's National Basketball Association began play in 1997. The Houston Comets won the first championship and Cynthia Cooper, pictured, was the league's first MVP.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv fans celebrate their team's win in Kikar Rabin or Rabin Square in Tel Aviv

Question 4 of 14 Score: 0

The first game to match an NBA team against one from FIBA was played in what city?

The 1978 game pitted Maccabi Tel Aviv, a EuroLeague powerhouse, against the defending NBA champion Washington Bullets. Maccabi actually won the game, 98-97.

NBA championship ring
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Question 5 of 14 Score: 0

What player owns the most NBA championship rings?

Bill Russell played 13 seasons for the Boston Celtics, from 1956-1969, and won an astounding 11 championships. No other player has come close to matching this number.

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Bob Cousy
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Question 6 of 14 Score: 0

What team owns the most championships?

The Celtics dominated in the early years of the NBA, winning more championships during the 1950s and 1960s (11) then they have since (6).

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Adam Silver, NBA commish
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Question 7 of 14 Score: 0

What is the name of the current NBA commissioner?

Adam Silver is relatively new to the position, having taken the helm in 2014. He was preceded by David Stern, who held the position of commissioner for 30 years.

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Question 8 of 14 Score: 0

How many teams are there currently in the NBA?

The league has more than tripled in size since it reached its minimum of 8 teams during the 1953-1954 season.

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Mugsy Bogues
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Question 9 of 14 Score: 0

Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player to ever play in the NBA. What's his height?

It's hard to believe, but in a league that emphasizes height, the diminutive Bogues was able to last 14 seasons.

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Tal Brody after a win in Tel Aviv that season.
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Question 10 of 14 Score: 0

The 1977 game commonly known as the "Miracle on Hardwood" matched what two European teams against one another?

Maccabi Tel Aviv beat heavily favored CSKA Moscow, winner of the previous four Euro championships, before winning their own.

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Dr. J, ABA
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Question 11 of 14 Score: 0

From 1967 to 1976 the NBA competed with what other major basketball league?

The American Basketball Association attempted to take on the NBA, even featuring stars such as Julius Erving and George Gervin, but folded after less than a decade.

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Dream Team
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Question 12 of 14 Score: 0

The original Dream Team played in which Olympics?

In the first year the Olympics allowed professional athletes to take part, the USA Men's basketball team put together the single most talented team to ever be assembled. All but one of the players was eventually elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame.

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Oscar Schmidt
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Question 13 of 14 Score: 0

This former Brazil national team captain is considered the unofficial pro basketball all-time leading scorer:

Schmidt scored nearly 50,000 points for club and country in a career that spanned some 25 seasons. In 2013 he was even elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame, a rarity for a foreign player.

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An inscription on the base of the Michael Jordan sculpture reads: "He stood before us, suspended above the earth, free from all its laws like a work of art."
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Question 14 of 14 Score: 0

Michael Jordan holds the record for consecutive games scoring in double figures. How many was it?

Michael Jordan was pretty much unstoppable during his career. He also holds the record for career scoring average and career playoff scoring average.

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