Written by: Robberson

Date: May 18, 2021

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About This Quiz

You know the players: Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook. But do you know them well enough to name their head coaches? Put your knowledge to the test with this quick and easy NBA!

It takes a lot of skill to play professional basketball in the National Basketball Association. It takes even more skill to play for one of the 30 NBA teams. And it takes a lot of dedication to play for an entire season. But what about the people who coach the players? Do you know which teams they coach? When were they born? What school did they attend? And how long they’ve been in the NBA?

NBA head coaches have a lot of work. There is a lot of thinking, strategizing, and planning that goes on behind the scenes of a successful NBA team.

Even though we tend to pay more attention to the big NBA stars, we should always remember those who rule our star team. Like most sports, basketball is a game of strategy, and the quality of a coach is crucial to deciding a match. So a real fan will tell who were the coaches of the golden times of their favorite team and all the titles he brought to the team.

It’s common knowledge that the NBA is the second most popular league in America, behind only the NFL. But if you’re not a basketball fan, it can be hard to know exactly why. The NBA is a fast-paced, high-scoring affair, filled with an eclectic mix of players, from some of the best shooters to the best leapers in the world. It’s also one of the most diverse professional sporting leagues in the world, peopled by both U.S. and international players.

There are many reasons why people love the NBA, along with the athletic part of it. There is also the drama, a tight game where a single player or a strategy changing can decide the game. And it’s not only the action on the court that makes the NBA what it is. Behind the scenes, there is a lot of passion from the fans and the players. Now, it’s time for you to take the challenge and show us how knowledgeable you are about the coaches who made history in this amazing sport. Good luck!

When Kobe Bryant first joined the NBA, who was his first coach?

  • Del Harris
  • Phil Jackson
  • Mike Dunleavy
  • Doc Rivers

Rick Carlisle was the head coach of which team between 2003-07?

  • New York Knicks
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Indiana Pacers

Doc Rivers first coached which team?

  • Boston Celtics
  • Atlanda Hawks
  • Orlando Magic
  • Los Angeles Clippers

Which of the following coaches coached the same team for 23 seasons between 1988-2011?

  • Jerry Sloan
  • Pat Riley
  • Greg Popovich
  • Bill Fitch

What was the last year that Phil Jackson was a coach in the NBA?

  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012

Steve Kerr was hired as the coach for the Warriors in 2014. Who coached the team before Kerr?

  • Mark Jackson
  • Don Nelson
  • Alvin Gentry
  • Bryon Scott

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championships only once. Who was the coach at the time?

  • David Blatt
  • Mike Brown
  • Byron Scott
  • Tyronn Lue

After Phil Jackson left the Bulls in 1998, who took over as coach?

  • Bill Cartwright
  • Tim Floyd
  • Bill Berry
  • Lenny Wilkens

Lakers legend Elgin Baylor was the coach for which team?

  • Lakers
  • Jazz
  • Bullets
  • Nuggets

Who was the coach for the Lakers when they won their first championship as the LA Lakers?

  • Pat Riley
  • Chuck Daly
  • Bill Sharman
  • Paul Westhead

Broadcasting legend Dick Vitale was coach for which team?

  • Pistons
  • Kings
  • Knicks
  • Nets

How many total championships has Phil Jackson won as a player and coach?

  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11

Who coached the Timberwolves when they had their first playoff appearance?

  • Flip Saunders
  • Dwayne Casey
  • Rick Adelman
  • Mike Woodson

Which coach in the hall of fame took five different teams to the playoffs?

  • Bill Fitch
  • Pat Riley
  • Chuck Daly
  • Phil Jackson

Which of the following teams was Chuck Daly not a coach for?

  • Magic
  • Nets
  • Knicks
  • Pistons

Who was the first coach Dwayne Wade had when he joined the NBA?

  • Jerry Sloan
  • Stan Van Gundy
  • Pat Riley
  • Erik Spoelstra

A year after he retired as a player, Jason Kidd went on to coach. Which team did he coach first?

  • Bucks
  • Nets
  • Knicks
  • Hawks

Which of the following coaches made it to the playoffs in all 20 seasons he coached?

  • Phil Jackson
  • Pat Riley
  • Don Nelson
  • Larry Brown

George Karl coached several teams. Which of the following did he coach for the longest time?

  • Supersonics
  • Bucks
  • Celtics
  • Nuggets