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1. In the 2010-11 season, Dirk Nowitzki became most known for:
a) Being a clutch player, despite an arguably disappointing past history.
b) Entering the conversation as one of the NBA’s top 20 players of all-time.
c) Passing 22,000 career NBA points.
d) Take Dat Wit Chew.
2. Cibona Zagreb’s season was…
a) …just brutal in Euroleague (with an 0-16 record), Adriatic League (10-16) and even Croatian league (8-9, including playoffs) play.
b) …caused by the Curse of Dusan Kecman.
c) …at least spiced up a bit by the sensational Bojan Bogdanovic.
d) …pretty damn awful but the future looks bright because, in case of an NBA lockout, Andrew Bogut’s coming to play for them in 2011-12. Really, his father said so.
e) Or not.
3. A fairly disastrous year for Greek basketball was…
a) …tipped off with a player strike that succumbed to an ugly caving in.
b) …made highly interesting by Olympiacos’ 36-0 run.
c) …notable for Panathinaikos’ ninth-straight Greek championship against the rival Reds’ seemingly most unbeatable team (at least in Greece) in recent memory.
d) …once again rife with rumors of corruption and scandal.
e) …ended with the beginning of a possible boycott of the national team.
f) Seriously, what’s up in Greece?
4. For Lietuvos Rytas, Khalid El-Amin was…
a) …a bad ass.
5. Pau Gasol…
a) …and his Los Angeles Lakers went out badly against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA playoffs.
b) …and his Los Angeles Lakers went out *very* badly against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA playoffs.
c) …was well-outplayed in said playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol.
d) …will henceforth forever be referred to as “Marc Gasol’s brother.”
6. The winner of Italy’s Serie A was:
a) Montepaschi Siena
b) Montepaschi Siena
c) Montepaschi Siena
d) Montepaschi Siena
7. After getting out of his massive EUR 20 million-or-so contract with Olympiacos, Josh Childress:
a) Was a serious disappointment for the Phoenix Suns
b) Josh Who?
8. The happiest population on Earth after the Mavericks’ NBA championship victory over the Miami Heat was that of:
f) All of the above
g) b, c, and e only
9. Allen Iverson…
a) …wants to play in the NBA again.
b) Or Australia. (Yeah, surrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre.)
c) … after a much-ballyhooed entrance, played just 10 games for Beşiktaş Cola Turka and then disappeared with a mysterious leg ailment.
d) But hey, he played seven more games than he did with Memphis.
e) And plus, his year was better than Maurice Taylor’s.
10. At the beginning of the season, Bizkaia Bilboa Basket was predicted to end up in the ACB finals by:
a) A couple of the team’s fans, maybe
b) No one
12. Ricky Rubio…
a) …helped FC Barcelona win a Spanish triple crown.
b) …further improved on defense notably this season.
c) …announced he would be joining the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011-12.
d) …shot 38% on twos and 27% on threes in the ACB; his marks in the Euroleague in the categories were 39% and 22%, respectively. Timberwolves fans, BiE loves Rubio as much as you do, but the lad still needs some work.
How to score this quiz: Ah, come on! It’s summertime, the term is over, you don’t need more grades. Everyone gets a perfect score. Now onto next season!