Shaqtin’ A Fool: Best/Worst From Conference Seminfinals


VIDEO: Shaqtin’ A Fool: Conference Semifinals

Shaq found quite a few plays from the Conference semifinals that are fool-worthy. Vote for this week’s best Shaqtin’ A Fool moment and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin!


NBA legends, players chime in on Curry’s run

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two games into the Western Conference finals, the Golden State Warriors have a 2-0 lead over the Houston Rockets as the series moves from Oakland to Houston. And through those games, the Warriors have been led by the league’s MVP, Stephen Curry, who despite being the focus of the Houston defense has managed to score 77 points through two games, including shooting a ridiculous 11-for-22 on three-pointers. Steve Nash is one of the NBA’s greatest three-point shooters ever, but as he noted yesterday in a Reddit AMA, Nash believes Curry is a better shooter than he ever was.

How does Curry do it? Last night on NBA TV’s GameTime, Nets guard Jarrett Jack, a former teammate of Curry’s, made a guest appearance and talked about exactly what makes Curry so tough…


VIDEO: Jack on Curry

Also, Kobe Bryant took to Twitter and explained the riddle of defending Stephen Curry…in 140 characters or less…

All that aside, when you’re able to do stuff like Curry does in the Vine below, how you defend the dude may not matter…

EJ, Shaq featured on Hawks’ kiss cam

By Jeff Case

The Atlanta Hawks are in the Eastern Conference finals and the series is being broadcast on TNT, which makes for an in-town jaunt to cover the Hawks’ home games in the series for the “Inside the NBA” crew of Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. That quartet had a perch in Philips Arena to watch and broadcast the game and, as is tradition at Hawks games between quarters or during timeouts, the “Kiss Cam” was had its moment in the sun.

The Hawks had a great Kiss Cam moment in the East semifinals against the Wizards, but they may have one-upped it when they got Johnson and O’Neal on there last night and, well, just watch below …

(h/t SI’s Extra Mustard)

 

Throwback Thursday: Michael Jordan


VIDEO: Michael Jordan’s top 10 plays from 1995-96

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Michael Jordan wins 1995-96 MVP

In the 1995-96 season, the Chicago Bulls were on a mission to prove they were still an elite team. Thanks to having Michael Jordan back in the fold for a full season they more than accomplished that feat, all while Jordan reclaimed his place as the game’s top player.

The Bulls were 10-1 out of the blocks in 1995-96, then 23-2, then suddenly, after an 18-game win streak, 41-3. They got to 60-8 and broke the Los Angeles Lakers’ record of 69 wins on April 16, 1996 with an 86-80 win in Milwaukee.

Although that team was stacked with talent — Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman and others — it was Jordan who powered the success. As such, he ran away with the MVP that season, amassing a record 96.5 percent of the possible first-place votes (109 of 113) from the media to win the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. It was his fourth overall MVP and for the season, Jordan averaged 30.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.3 apg, and 2.2 spg.

In honor of Jordan’s feat, we take a look back at the storied career of perhaps the NBA’s greatest player ever:


Gallery: Michael Jordan’s career

What are your favorite Jordan memories? Leave your comments below!

Minnesotans were fired up about getting first pick in the NBA draft

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Minnesota Timberwolves won last night’s NBA Draft lottery, ensuring that they will have the first pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. It wasn’t altogether shocking — the Wolves did have the best chance at getting the first pick — but that doesn’t always translate to actually getting the first pick. So it’s safe to say, Timberwolves fans and front office members were equally nervous as the envelopes were opened and the top picks were revealed. Here are two videos showing just how exciting the announcement was, one vid from inside the fan viewing party, and another video from inside the T-Wolves war room, as team president Flip Saunders and his staff learn they’re drafting first…

Dell Curry defends Steph and Riley Curry

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Not only did the Golden State Warriors win Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals last night, but during the postgame press conference, Steph Curry won over the internet by bringing along his daughter, Riley. While Curry calmly answered questions, Riley did everything from asking Steph to keep it down to crawling out from under the table and leaving the presser.


VIDEO: Riley Curry

Cute, sure, until today, when a few reporters grumbled that players having kids on the podium made it hard to get their questions asked and answered. One person who disagreed? Steph’s dad and Riley’s grandfather, former NBA player Dell Curry. As Dell Curry told USA Today

“They’ll get over it,” he said. “He was still able to do his interview. She didn’t stop that at all.

“She’s was just waving to reporters. That’s just the way she is. She knows what’s happening. She knew she was on the stage and she knew people were talking to her daddy and she’s on his lap and she’s just like ‘Hey, how’s everybody?’ That’s just the way she is.”

By the way, Riley wasn’t new to this. Check out how she videobombed her Uncle Seth after a D-League game…

Golden State Warriors release “Splash” music video

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Golden State Warriors have shot their way into a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals thanks largely to the efforts of their backcourt combo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, also known as the Splash Brothers. To celebrate their achievements, as well as those of the rest of the Warriors, a local artist made a cool music video appropriately titled, “Splash.”


VIDEO: Splash video

David Letterman sure loved the NBA

NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Basketball legends Magic Johnson (left) and Larry Bird (center) talk with Dave (right) about their friendship and their rivalry on the court when they visit the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday, April 11, 2012 on the CBS Television Network. This photo is provided by CBS from the Late Show with David Letterman photo archive. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)

Magic Johnson (left) and Larry Bird (center) are interviewed on the Late Show with David Letterman on April 11, 2012 (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)

By Jeff Case

In case you’ve been living under a rock or something the last week or so, here’s an update: The “Late Show with David Letterman” is nearing the finish line and, tonight, David Letterman will host his final show. For 33 years and across two networks, the “Late Show” forever changed the face of late-night TV talk shows behind Letterman’s unique sense of humor and style. Amazingly, when he walks off the stage tonight, he will have hosted 6,028 broadcasts.

(The Indianapolis Star has a great look at the life and times of the TV icon here.)

Letterman, an Indiana native, is also a well-known sports fan and, in particular, a basketball fan and Indiana Pacers fan (he even did a Pacers-themed Top 10 once). Everyone from Reggie Miller to Shaquille O’Neal to Michael Jordan (who gave Letterman some guff over wearing adidas shoes) appeared on the show, as did former NBA commissioner David Stern and current commissioner Adam Silver.

With that in mind, here’s a look back at some of Letterman’s best NBA-related interviews …


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Michael Jordan in 1986


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Patrick Ewing in 1989 (FF to the 30 minute mark)


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Isiah Thomas in the late 1980s


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Reggie Miller and Spike Lee in 1994


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Grant Hill in 1994


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Dennis Rodman in 1997


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Charles Barkley in 2006


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Dwyane Wade in 2006


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Magic Johnson and Larry Bird

 

Jason Kidd responds to birthday party invite, 14 years later

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Back in 2001, when Daniel Marks was 10 years old, he invited Jason Kidd to his birthday party. Kidd did not attend the party, presumably because he had other things to do than show up at a birthday party for a 10-year-old he didn’t know.

Fourteen years later, Marks now works for the Milwaukee Bucks, so he probably had a more direct way of getting in touch with Kidd, the coach of the Bucks, when he turned 24. Happy birthday!

(via B/R)

Carmelo Anthony fears cats

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During a rapid-fire round of questions yesterday at Facebook HQ, which you can watch below, Carmelo Anthony is able to speed through plenty of questions. One of the most interesting, to me, was which animal does Melo fear the most. His answer? Cats. And I can’t say that I blame him. If you can’t tell, I’m a dog person, not a cat person. That said, I don’t think I “fear” cats, I just distrust them. But hey, maybe that’s just me. And Melo.

VIDEO: Melo Facebook