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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!

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)

 

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

(more…)

Who shot it best: Curry or West?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On the way to the Western Conference Finals, Warriors guard Stephen Curry knocked down a 62-foot jumper at the end of the third quarter in Game 6. But it wasn’t the first long-distance postseason buzzer-beater in NBA playoffs history. Back in 1970, Jerry West, who is now an executive for the Warriors, sank a 60-footer for the Lakers. West’s shot was only a two-pointer, because there were no threes back then, but it tied the game and sent it to overtime. That series ended up going seven games, which the Knicks eventually won thanks to a hobbled Willis Reed. Anyway, here are the two shots, back-to-back…


VIDEO: West or Curry?

NBA players share their Mother’s Day thoughts via Twitter


VIDEO: LeBron James and other NBA stars wish you a Happy Mother’s Day

By Jeff Case

In last year’s Kia MVP ceremony, Kevin Durant delivered a touching, memorable tribute to his mother as he was honored for his on-court exploits. (In case you forgot about it, here’s the video).

As folks around the U.S. celebrate Mother’s Day, NBA players were not remiss in making their gratitude for mom known on social media. Here are some of the best tributes we saw today …

Tony Allen joins children’s dance routine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Playing in an NBA playoff game is an all-consuming event. Players have to be focused, with their attention fully invested in what’s happening during the game. So I’m willing to forgive Memphis’s Tony Allen, who accidentally joined a children’s dance group during yesterday’s Grizzlies/Warriors game. Warriors fans were a little more upset about it — they booed Allen every time he touched the ball after this happened. Draymond Green‘s mother showed her displeasure on Twitter…

I think it was more of a case of Allen being focused on the game, then looking up and realizing he was in the middle of dance routine. I mean, once he realizes what’s happening he does give the kid a pound…

After the game, a Warriors win, the kids were able to put on an uninterrupted performance…

Charles Barkley’s bird imitation needs some work

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — He’s like a bird, he’s gonna fly away…

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors after Game 4


VIDEO: The Starters give their takes on Paul Pierce’s trolling

By Jeff Case

The Washington Wizards ousted the Toronto Raptors from the playoffs last night with a 125-94 thrashing to complete a 4-0 series sweep. Throughout this first-round series, Paul Pierce — whom the Wizards added in the offseason — paid huge dividends with clutch shots in Game 1 and Game 3. Considering that Pierce was a villain for the Raptors in their first-round series loss to Pierce’s Brooklyn Nets, they’ve probably had just about enough of him for a while.

Pierce can’t get enough of ribbing the Raptors, it seems, and took to social media after the Game 4 win to get a few not-subtle-at-all digs in on the team/franchise. (h/t FTW)

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Paul Pierce's Facebook post

Paul Pierce’s Facebook post