Throwback Thursday: All-Time Best Nets


VIDEO: The Nets paid tribute to Jason Kidd’s career last season

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: All-Time Best Nets

On this date in 1967, The New Jersey Americans, a new ABA franchise sold to Arthur Brown, played its first game.

In the 1968-69 season, the Americans became the New York Nets — a name the team would keep throughout its ABA days and when it joined the NBA before the 1976-77 season. In 1977-78, they moved to New Jersey and became the New Jersey Nets, a name the franchise would keep until it moved, again, in 2012-13 to Brooklyn and became the Brooklyn Nets.

The franchise has a championship history, having won ABA titles in 1974 and ’76, and made back-to-back NBA Finals in the early 2000s (2002, ’03) as well.

To honor the Nets franchise, we take this Throwback Thursday to look back at the best players to ever suit up for the team.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: All-Time Best Nets

Who’s your favorite player in the history of the Nets? Leave your comments below!

Steve Nash documentary trailer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Nash has had a tough run of it of late, battling injuries in an attempt to get back on the court regularly. Even in the last few weeks, he’s had to take a step back after an injury set-back. But what’s so cool about Steve Nash is that basketball isn’t all that he does. And although the sun may be setting on his hoops career, a new movie called Nash: The Documentary, out soon on iTunes and On Demand, promises to look at Nash from all angles.


VIDEO: Nash Doc

Meet Jeremy Lin, your new adidas store clerk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week I came across a video featuring Jeremy Lin in Taiwan, where he dressed undercover as an employee at an adidas store and basically pranked shoppers. Because we know Lin loves his pranks.

Anyway, I didn’t post the video because I didn’t really understand it — even though it almost doesn’t need commentary; people’s reactions when they realize it’s Lin are pretty visceral — as the entire thing is in Mandarin. But this morning our producer Jeff Case pointed out that you can click on the little “CC” button on the video player to turn on subtitles, which makes it a million times funnier, particularly because Lin is so self-deprecating.


VIDEO: Lin Works

Knicks’ Iman Shumpert: Emmy Winner

By Nick Margiasso IV

VIDEO: Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert wins an Emmy Award

All NBA fans are by now familiar with Knicks guard Iman Shumpert.

He of the flat-top haircut. He of the clock hat. He who makes sing-song fun of Carmelo Anthony. Well, now you can add another descriptor, albeit a bit of a surprise one — Emmy Award winner.

That’s right, on a pre-recorded clip aired during New York’s preseason win over the Wizards on Wednesday, MSG broadcaster Al Trautwig presented the vaunted golden trophy to the talent they call “Shump” for his role behind the scenes and as the star of the network’s show “Beginnings.”

Just think, if New York re-signs The Panda’s Friend (The Artist Formerly Known As Metta World Peace And Ron Artest), they could grab a little hardware for some type of nature show, too. Stay tuned.

Jamal Crawford documentary released

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As someone who has spent most of the last decade of my life dealing with NBA players, I am comfortable being on record as saying that Jamal Crawford is one of the true good guys in the NBA. He’s always quick with a smile, a good story, and is one of the most thoughtful guys I’ve come across. But he’s had a peripatetic NBA career — in 14 NBA seasons, he’s had a different head coach (which means a different system) every season. (Assuming Doc Rivers sticks around all season, look for that streak to finally end.) But basketball heads recognize Crawford as a terrific shooter and one of the most entertaining ballhandlers in the game today. This video, from Ball is Life, is a 20-minute documentary about Crawford and what made him who he is. It’s well worth a watch…


VIDEO: J.Crossover

Dwyane Wade goes 1-on-1 with 90-year-old fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When Miami Heat fan and South Florida resident Illuminada Magtoto, also known as Grandma Nelly, was approaching her 90th birthday, she made a video challenging Dwyane Wade to a game of one-on-one. For her birthday, she paid a visit to the Heat’s practice court, where Wade greeted her and took her out on the court. It wasn’t exactly a one-on-one game, but Wade did manage to work in a funny burn on Mario Chalmers. Great job Wade and the Heat, and happy birthday, Grandma Nelly!


VIDEO: Wade 1-On-1

Minnesota Timberwolves 90210

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A year ago we saw a Minnesota Timberwolves video made a group of Spanish T-Wolves fans that mixed together the theme from “Cheers” with shots of the Wolves. This season, to celebrate the new start in Minnesota, the same fans have re-cut the opening credits of the seminal ’90s series “Beverly Hills 90210″ using members of the Timberwolves. It’s brilliantly done, although I have to admit I was hoping for Flip Saunders to pop up in the Joe E. Tata slot at the end of the credits.


VIDEO: MN 90210

(via SN)

Paul George plays 1-on-1 against his dog

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week a video surfaced of Paul George getting some shots up after an Indiana Pacers practice. This was great to see, considering George suffered a horrific leg injury about three months ago.

But that video above was just George shooting alone. Is he well enough to take on an opponent? George seems to have answered that by posting a new video yesterday of him going one-on-one against a truly dogged defender — his dog. Jokes aside, it’s great to see George moving around and getting up shots, even if it just against canine opposition.

Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary are the world’s toughest scooter gang

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two members of the Oklahoma City Thunder — Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary — are currently out with foot injuries. And in order to make sure they keep off their healing feet, the Thunder have assigned each of them to a scooter to, you know, scoot around on. Each by itself is just a scooter. Together, they are the world’s toughest scooter gang…

Iman Shumpert knows what time it is

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — #NBAStyle is still a thing, and New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert took it to new heights after last night’s Knicks preseason game. He’s wearing a baseball cap with what appears to be a clock installed on the front of the hat. Or maybe several clocks? Or a two clocks and a compass? It’s hard to tell exactly what the device is, other than it looks expensive and ornate and kinda cool.