President Obama weighs in on Bulls firing Tom Thibodeau

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — President Barack Obama not only plays basketball, but he’s an NBA fan, particularly of the Chicago Bulls, where he lived before becoming President. So it’s no big surprise that with today’s news of the Bulls firing of coach Tom Thibodeau, President Obama was asked about it on Twitter. And he was happy to give his two cents on the matter…

Riley Curry (and her Dad) are going to the NBA Finals

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After the Golden State Warriors won Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, Warriors guard Stephen Curry brought his daughter, Riley, to the postgame news conference with him. Riley was cute, but Steph apparently decided to wait until the Warriors won the series to bring Riley back. So last night, after the Warriors beat the Rockets in Game 5 to advance to the NBA Finals, Steph Curry took the postgame podium, and he brought Riley with him. Or maybe that should be the other way around …


VIDEO: Riley Curry

Throwback Thursday: 1975 Warriors


VIDEO: Golden State wraps up the 1975 NBA championship

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: Golden State Warriors Win 1975 Championship

The Golden State Warriors were hardly the NBA title favorites when the 1974-75 season began. When they rolled into the playoffs as the West’s No. 1 seed, there were still some doubts they’d reach The Finals. And when they ousted the Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, few thought the Warriors could beat the mighty Washington Bullets.

Yet the Warriors did exactly that, locking up the NBA championship on March 25, 1975 with a 96-95 win that completed a sweep of the Bullets. At the time, it was only the third sweep in Finals history and to this day is perhaps the greatest Finals upset ever.

In honor of the Warriors’ feat, we take a look back at Rick Barry and the other players that made that 1975 team shine:


Gallery: The 1975 Golden State Warriors

What are your favorite memories of that team? Leave your comments below!

What if there was an NBA team of NBA coaches?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Plenty of NBA coaches were NBA players before becoming coaches — in the Western Conference Finals, for instance, both Steve Kerr and Kevin McHale are former players. There are also a lot of coaches who never played in the NBA, from Gregg Popovich to Tom Thibodeau.

But what would happen if all the NBA coaches played in the NBA. And not when they were young and in shape, but now, when they are, you know, old?

Well, a few months back someone decided to find out by using NBA 2K, so here are a bunch of coaches playing against the Eastern Conference All-Stars. This is ridiculous, sure, but it’s also hilarious…


VIDEO: Coaches vs. Players

Charles Barkley isn’t very good at Jenga

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s late at night, and you’re away from home on a work trip, so what do you do to pass the time? Apparently the TNT crew has fun by busting out the board games. Rachel Nichols posted a few tweets showing the group as they played Jenga. As it turned out, someone ended up knocking over the tower. Would you be surprised to find out it was Charles Barkley?

Zach LaVine dunking a football

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The offseason is only a few weeks old, but Zach LaVine is already winning the summer. Just the other day we saw a picture of LaVine working on his vertical leap and getting a few feet above the rim.

Today we can see LaVine’s hops in action. Here’s a video of LaVine after a recent workout, using a football and showing off his ability to dunk pretty much anything…


VIDEO: LaVine Football Dunks

Did the Golden State Warriors plan too far ahead?


VIDEO: Rockets win Game 4

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Heading into the weekend, both the Eastern and Western Conference final series seemed pretty cut-and-dried: The Warriors had a 3-0 lead over Houston, and the Cavs had a 3-0 lead over the Hawks. So it’s perhaps understandable if the Warriors and Cavs were looking ahead a bit, or planning for what might happen if either team clinched the series and advanced to the NBA Finals.

The only problem there is, the Warriors put their future plans down in writing. And the plans got back to the Rockets.

According to ESPN.com, following the Rockets’ 128-115 Game 4 win over the Warriors, the Rockets returned to their locker room to find a copy of the Warriors plans in case they swept the series. As Calvin Watkins writes

The memo read in part: “The Golden State Warriors will return to Oakland tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) following their 4-0 series sweep of the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.”

The memo wasn’t distributed to the media, but its legitimacy was confirmed by Raymond Ridder, the Warriors’ vice president for communication.

The Warriors now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, with Game 5 coming Wednesday in Oakland.

Several players, including Corey Brewer, smiled and shook their heads upon reading the memo.

“They’re confident in their team,” said Josh Smith, who scored 20 points Monday night. “It’s not added motivation; we just got to go out there and play. I don’t really feed into the whole mentally get your rah-rah hype. I just want to go out and play my game.”

The Houston Rockets present how not to play Tic Tac Toe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During a break in action during a recent Houston Rockets game, a couple of fans took part in an on-court contest designed to entertain the crowd. Not sure if this was entertaining or not, but if nothing else it should have been informative.

Here are Reid and Blake, the two fans, who play a basketball-themed version of Tic Tac Toe. If you make a layup, you get the chance to place an X or an O on the board. Seems simple. But after watching these two guys play, it’s unclear if they understand the point of the game is to get three letters in a row…


VIDEO: Rockets Tic Tac Toe

(via TBL)

Rockets’ Howard Waits Out Storm With Fans After Game 4

By Nick Margiasso IV

Was it that the win was so sweet one Rockets big man hung around the arena to take it all in? No, but he was at the Toyota Center until all hours anyway.

Awful weather in the Houston area caused many fans caught up in the glee of a Game 4 win to get smacked right in the face with arena authorities advising them to stay inside the stadium due to safety concerns related to bad thunderstorms and the like. The thing is, their pal Dwight Howard stayed, too. (It could be just that he was looking for some extra court time in case his Flagrant I on Andrew Bogut is upgraded by the league)

Russell Westbrook loves Taylor Swift

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When your season is over and you’re driving around in your car with the sunroof open and the windows down and the weather is nice and you’re feeling pretty good and that new Taylor Swift song comes on the radio and you are kinda nodding your head and starting to feel the beat and then Taylor starts singing, what exactly are you supposed to do?

If you’re Russell Westbrook, you sing along with her. Take it away, Russ…

BAD BLOOD!!!! @taylorswift .. Banger!!!!!

A video posted by Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) on