NBA Finals exam: Test your knowledge of pro basketball history

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In 2011, the Dallas Mavericks trounced the Miami Heat in six games (4-2) to take the championship series. Remember how Dirk Nowitzki won the MVP? Now’s the time to put your pro basketball IQ to the test. Try answering the following 10 questions about the history of the NBA Finals.

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1. Who was Larry O’Brien, whose name is on the NBA’s championship trophy?

The Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy is named for the former NBA commissioner, who served in that capacity from 1975 to 1983. Before that, O’Brien was active in politics in Washington and worked for both John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, who appointed him Postmaster General, a cabinet post. O’Brien oversaw the NBA’s merger with the American Basketball Association.

The Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy is named for the former NBA commissioner, who served in that capacity from 1975 to 1983. Before that, O’Brien was active in politics in Washington and worked for both John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, who appointed him Postmaster General, a cabinet post. O’Brien oversaw the NBA’s merger with the American Basketball Association.

The Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy is named for the former NBA commissioner, who served in that capacity from 1975 to 1983. Before that, O’Brien was active in politics in Washington and worked for both John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, who appointed him Postmaster General, a cabinet post. O’Brien oversaw the NBA’s merger with the American Basketball Association.

The Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy is named for the former NBA commissioner, who served in that capacity from 1975 to 1983. Before that, O’Brien was active in politics in Washington and worked for both John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, who appointed him Postmaster General, a cabinet post. O’Brien oversaw the NBA’s merger with the American Basketball Association.

Coach of the Philadelphia Warriors, the league’s first champion

 

The inventor of the 24-second shot clock, which revolutionized the pro game

 

A former league commissioner

 

The founder of the NBA

 
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