March 28, 2015 · 3:06PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most exciting players in the NBA this season has been New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, who has one of the most versatile games the NBA has seen in years. Davis may be able to do many different things, but one thing he hasn’t done — yet, at least — is post a quadruple-double: racking up double figures in points, rebounds, assists and blocks or steals in the same game.
This is has only happened four times in the NBA since the league began tracking blocks and steals in 1973. Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, one of those instances happened, when Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon went for 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 blocks against the Milwaukee Bucks. How dominant was Hakeem back then? Earlier that month, he had a game with 29 points, 18 boards, 11 blocks and 9 assists.
So while Hakeem’s old Houston Rockets franchise plays a national TV game tomorrow against the Washington Wizards (12:30 p.m. EST on ABC), and we can watch Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat man the middle for these teams, but check out these highlights of Hakeem dominating twenty-five years ago…
VIDEO: Hakeem quadruple-double
March 28, 2015 · 12:03PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Atlanta, the Hawks not only clinched first place in the Eastern Conference, but they did while rapper 2 Chainz was serving as the team’s honorary CEO for the evening. You got your 2 Chainz shirt from the Hawks Shop before they sold out, right?
So with Mr. Chainz in Philips Arena for the game last night, it was only right that he squared off against another ATL legend, Dominique Wilkins, in a game of HORSE.
2 Chainz can shoot! Looks like he wants to be not just the CEO, but a player as well…
March 27, 2015 · 9:22AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There was only one NBA game last night, but the lack of action doesn’t mean there wasn’t any All Ball worthy action. Milwaukee’s Jared Dudley, for instance, got open in the corner and took a shot that somehow went the exact wrong direction from where he was aiming. It was obviously a mistake, but my guess is that it won’t stop this from being a Shaqtin’ moment…
March 27, 2015 · 8:57AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since being traded from the Denver Nuggets, Timofey Mozgov has only been in Cleveland for a few weeks. The good news, though, is that Mozgov appears to have found a home away from home in The Land, at a local establishment called The Brew Garden. In this local ad for the Brew Garden — and you know we love local ads here at the All Ball blog — Mozgov literally wipes out a competitor and delivers a stern tribute for the restaurant…
VIDEO: Mozgov local
March 26, 2015 · 2:13PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — People usually get nicknames based on either something they’re good at or, humorously, something they’re bad at. But Sacramento Kings guard Nik Stauskas has a new nickname that’s totally unrelated to anything…except it sounds pretty cool.
Tuesday night, the Sacramento Kings defeated the Philadelphia 76ers. And at some point in the game, Stauskas knocked down a jumper. Except that somehow, as noticed by Andrew Unterberger, the closed captioning credited the basket to somebody named “Sauce Castillo.”
VIDEO: Origin of ‘Sauce Castillo’
I don’t know what it means, but it is a great nickname — mellifluous and evocative, as Clyde Frazier might say. For his part, Stauskas seems either OK with it or baffled by it, even though the Kings have embraced it…
March 26, 2015 · 1:49PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This season we’ve seen several NBA teams embrace the past by having “theme” nights around different eras. The latest team to go back to the future is the Milwaukee Bucks, who will celebrate the ’90s this weekend by having Naughty By Nature perform. And the Bucks mascot, Bango, is already ready to go…
VIDEO: Bucks ’90s
March 26, 2015 · 12:47PM
VIDEO: Damian Lillard’s top dunks
We are clearly in a golden age of point guards in the NBA.
There’s explosive floor generals like Russell Westbrook, John Wall and Derrick Rose. Slick distributors like Chris Paul. Sharpshooters like Stephen Curry.
And then you have Damian Lillard, a well-rounded point guard who hasn’t met a paint he can’t penetrate, nor a rim he can’t detonate.
Just take a look at what he’s been able to do this season when he puts himself in position to finish at the basket. I’m sure every opponent’s game plan makes the note, but it begs repeating: You have to keep Lillard out of the paint. Or trouble awaits.
March 26, 2015 · 10:31AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Have you ever taken a bad vacation? Hey, sometimes it happens — perhaps there’s a travel snafu, or you get to the beach and it rains the entire time, or maybe your hotel room is right by the elevator and you can’t get any peace and quiet. Then again, a vacation is a vacation — sometimes just getting away from home is worth any amount of trouble. Several members of the Portland Trail Blazers were asked if they had ever taken a bad vacation, and some of these stories are pretty awful. I mean, Damian Lillard almost dying has nothing on the stuff I mentioned above…
VIDEO: Portland bad vacations
March 26, 2015 · 10:19AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night I went to the Clippers/Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. While standing on the court during pregame warmups, I noticed Clippers point guard Chris Paul going through a series of pretty cool warm-up drills, so I pulled out my phone and took to social media…
Every NBA player has his own warm-up routines and rituals. The Warriors posted this video of Stephen Curry going through his pregame routine, and it’s pretty cool to see all the different things he can do, and how effortlessly he’s able to make all of them look…
VIDEO: Curry Warmup
March 26, 2015 · 10:16AM
VIDEO: Great plays marked John Stockton’s storied career
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: John Stockton
When the 1984 Draft was held, the big names from the college ranks were well known by most: Michael Jordan, Sam Bowie, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Willis, Sam Perkins and Charles Barkley, just to name a few. Those players were all off the board by the time the Utah Jazz made their first-round pick at No. 16, when they chose Gonzaga point guard John Stockton.
Few would have guessed it at the time, but the Jazz were picking a player who would go on become the NBA’s all-time leader in two major statistical categories: assists (15,806) and steals (3,265). In his 19 seasons with Utah, Stockton led the NBA in assists nine consecutive seasons, was a 10-time All-Star, a two-time gold medal-winner with Team USA, one of the 50 Greatest Players of All-Time and played in the playoffs every season of his career (as well as in two NBA Finals).
In honor of Stockton turning 53 today, we take a look back at the storied career of one of the best playmaking point guards in NBA history:
Gallery: John Stockton’s career
What are your favorite Stockton memories? Leave your comments below!