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 TBT topic: Reggie Miller
On November 28, 1992, Reggie Miller erupted for 57 points on 16-for-29 from the floor and 21-for-23 from the line to beat the Charlotte Hornets 134-122. This game occurred during Miller’s fifth season with the Indiana Pacers and proved to be his career-high point total (and it is still the Pacers’ team-high).
To honor Miller’s huge game, we look back at the career of the sharp-shooting Hall of Famer:
(NOTE:Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., a time to give thanks for the things we have and the loved ones both in our lives and formerly in our lives. And in that spirit, there’s a story today out of Los Angeles about Clippers point guard Chris Paul that shows why he’s not only an All-Star on the court, but off the court as well.
Tonight in Detroit, the Pistons will host the Clippers. In the stands, Paul will play host to Jack Gallagher, a 13-year-old fan from Pennsylvania who lost his mother, Lisa, in September to an aggressive form of brain cancer. Paul will play tonight with Lisa’s initial, L.E.G., written on his sneakers.
After seeing a video on Twitter about the family, Paul reached out and formed a bond. As Ben Bolch writes in the Los Angeles Times…
The family videotaped and photographed nearly every moment so that Lisa could savor her final days with those who mattered most. A video of Jack discussing his mother’s devotion to his basketball career and of his desire to have Paul write Lisa’s initials on his shoes for an NBA game left Paul wanting to make his own gesture, however small.
“To know that someone cares about me that much to where his mom did that for him and to know he put that on his mom’s grave,” Paul said, “I got goose bumps, I got chills.”
Paul has wowed Jack since the boy started watching him on television three years ago. “I liked how he threw the alley-oops and everything and his ballhandling and his great vision,” said Jack, 13.
Jack had been a point guard until recently sprouting to 5 feet 9, a growth spurt that prompted his coach to start playing him at shooting guard and forward. He wears No. 3 this season — Paul’s number — in addition to a new pair of CP3s purchased by his father.
Jack may never want for shoes again after receiving the care package Paul intends to give him. But Paul will take possession of the more meaningful gift: a framed montage of photos showing Jack and Lisa along with a cutout of the tongue of the CP3s the mom had given her son.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As we continue to build up enough plays to build the first Crossover Contest of the season, we had a play last night that will almost definitely qualify. Watch as Denver’s Ty Lawson pretends to cross the ball over against Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich. The brilliant thing is Lawson doesn’t cross him over — he goes with one hard dribble on the left side and then cuts right. And all Hinrich can do is take a seat.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just last week we saw a shot from Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams that fell short, much like the Sixers have done every game this season. Last night, MCW added another play to the Sixers’ struggle highlight reel. This time, MCW drove the paint and kicked the ball to the wing to a wide open…referee. My favorite part is how everyone just freezes when it happens. And at least the ref was Haywoode Workman, a former player.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Houston’s Dwight Howard missed last night’s game against the New York Knicks, his third straight game out after straining his knee. One of the players to get minutes in Howard’s place was forward Joey Dorsey, who came off the bench to play 13 minutes. And while he was on the floor, Dorsey had at least one play that brought the bench to its feet…although probably not in the way he intended.
As you can see in the clip below, Dorsey’s dunk attempt — and yes, he was fouled during the play — came up just a bit short. And the guys on the Houston bench, including Dwight, seemed to think it was rather hilarious…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During this weekend’s Pelicans/Nuggets game, Denver center JaVale McGee chased after a loose ball and dove into the stands trying to save the ball. He did make the save, but unfortunately tipped it directly to the Pelicans.
But that’s not why we’re here. We are here to observe what happened in the aftermath of JaVale going into the stands. Take a guess what happens when he lands in the stands. Does he…
A) Take a sip of a fan’s soda
B) Sign an autograph
C) Run back down the floor and block a shot
D) Land in an empty seat next to an older woman, smoothly put his arm around that woman, lean over and give her a kiss on the cheek, and then sprint back down the floor in time to defend his man
If you chose D, I’d guess you’re a fan of Shaqtin’ A Fool…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week while I was on vacation, my intrepid colleague Jeff Case served up a link to a story about NBA-themed “ugly” sweaters, which you can order from the NBA Store. Yes, these sweaters are ugly, but intentionally so, as they mock/pay tribute to the tradition of wearing “festive” garb around the holiday season.
One team has decided to aggressively embrace the ugly sweater. The Sacramento Kings recently announced plans for an ugly sweater night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks a week before Christmas.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The bigger the screen, the better the television, right? Sure, but particularly if you’re using that TV to play videogames against a friend. Forget about playing on a 46-inch screen, because yesterday a few of the Washington Wizards got larger than life.
Nene, Otto Porter and Kevin Seraphin played a little FIFA against each other using the scoreboard in Washington’s Verizon Center. According to the Wizards’ website, the scoreboard is almost 15 feet high and over 25 feet wide! This larger-than-lifesized session was filmed and will air soon on the Wizards’ Magazine show. Good luck finding a screen big enough to watch it on.
According to a press release, the “freeD” technology works like this:
Replay will work with the Mavs to distribute 360-degree video footage of key plays from all live game action within the arena. This is the first National Basketball Association (NBA) team to install the freeD™ ARENA System and integrate the technology into their broadcast of the game. The replays will be presented in 5K video resolution, the highest quality viewing experience for fans.
This is the largest freeD™ system ever installed across all international sports properties – consisting of 26 cameras, six of which allow for enhanced zoom capability. The system can navigate the entire court through 360-degree coverage and view any perspective of the action. This is a huge leap in terms of production capabilities, which “frees” the video, allowing viewers to watch any play from any angle.
Cuban’s been talking it up to the local media, and while it sounds cool in theory, what’s really awesome is how it looks in practice…