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      Basketball

      Basketball, game played between two teams of five players each on a rectangular court, usually indoors. Each team tries to score by tossing the ball through the opponent’s goal, an elevated horizontal hoop and net called a basket.

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      Los Angeles Lakers
      Los Angeles Lakers, American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers are one of the most successful and popular professional franchises in all American sports. The franchise has won a combined 17 Basketball Association of America (BAA) and National Basketball Association (NBA)...
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      Magic Johnson
      LeBron James
      LeBron James, American professional basketball player who is widely considered one of the greatest all-around players of all time and who won National Basketball Association (NBA) championships with the Miami Heat (2012 and 2013), the Cleveland Cavaliers (2016), and the Los Angeles Lakers (2020). A...
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      Dennis Rodman
      Dennis Rodman, American professional basketball player who was one of the most skilled rebounders, best defenders, and most outrageous characters in the history of the professional game. He was a key part of two National Basketball Association (NBA) championship teams with the Detroit Pistons...
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      Rodman, Dennis
      Basketball
      Basketball, game played between two teams of five players each on a rectangular court, usually indoors. Each team tries to score by tossing the ball through the opponent’s goal, an elevated horizontal hoop and net called a basket. The only major sport strictly of U.S. origin, basketball was...
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      March Madness
      Rebecca Lobo
      Rebecca Lobo, American basketball player who was one of the original stars of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Lobo was part of a close-knit, basketball-oriented family. Her sister, Rachel, was a basketball coach at Salem (Massachusetts) State College, and her brother, Jason,...
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      Michael Jordan
      Michael Jordan, American collegiate and professional basketball player, widely considered to be the greatest all-around player in the history of the game. He led the National Basketball Association (NBA) Chicago Bulls to six championships (1991–93, 1996–98). Jordan grew up in Wilmington, North...
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      Michael Jordan
      Kevin Durant
      Kevin Durant, American professional basketball player who won the 2013–14 National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and established himself as one of the best players of his generation while only in his early 20s. Durant was a basketball prodigy as a youth, becoming one...
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      Durant, Kevin
      Stephen Curry
      Stephen Curry, American professional basketball player who led the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to championships in 2014–15, 2016–17, and 2017–18 and to the best regular-season record in league history (73–9) in 2015–16. Curry grew up immersed in basketball as...
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      Curry, Stephen
      Golden State Warriors
      Golden State Warriors, American professional basketball team based in San Francisco that plays in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Warriors have won five NBA championships (1956, 1975, 2015, 2017, and 2018) and one Basketball Association of America (BAA)...
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      Wilt Chamberlain
      Sheryl Swoopes
      Sheryl Swoopes, American basketball player who won three Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards (2000, 2002, and 2005) and four WNBA titles (1997–2000) as a member of the Houston Comets. After being named the 1991 national Junior College Player of the Year,...
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      Kobe Bryant
      Kobe Bryant, American professional basketball player, who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to five championships (2000–02 and 2009–10). Bryant’s father, Joe (“Jelly Bean”) Bryant, was a professional basketball player who spent eight seasons in the NBA...
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      Kobe Bryant
      Isiah Thomas
      Isiah Thomas, American basketball player and coach, considered one of the best point guards in the history of the game. He led the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to consecutive world championships in 1989 and 1990. He was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time...
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      Thomas, Isiah
      Scottie Pippen
      Scottie Pippen, American professional basketball player who won six National Basketball Association (NBA) titles (1991–93, 1996–98) as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Pippen played high school basketball but stood just 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 metres) upon graduation. However, he had grown 2 inches (5...
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      Scottie Pippen (right), 1997.

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