Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Michael Jordan


VIDEO: Michael Jordan’s top 10 plays from 1995-96

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: Michael Jordan wins 1995-96 MVP

In the 1995-96 season, the Chicago Bulls were on a mission to prove they were still an elite team. Thanks to having Michael Jordan back in the fold for a full season they more than accomplished that feat, all while Jordan reclaimed his place as the game’s top player.

The Bulls were 10-1 out of the blocks in 1995-96, then 23-2, then suddenly, after an 18-game win streak, 41-3. They got to 60-8 and broke the Los Angeles Lakers’ record of 69 wins on April 16, 1996 with an 86-80 win in Milwaukee.

Although that team was stacked with talent — Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman and others — it was Jordan who powered the success. As such, he ran away with the MVP that season, amassing a record 96.5 percent of the possible first-place votes (109 of 113) from the media to win the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. It was his fourth overall MVP and for the season, Jordan averaged 30.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.3 apg, and 2.2 spg.

In honor of Jordan’s feat, we take a look back at the storied career of perhaps the NBA’s greatest player ever:


Gallery: Michael Jordan’s career

What are your favorite Jordan memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Celtics win 14th championship


VIDEO: Celtics win Game 6 over Rockets to capture 14th 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: Celtics win 14th NBA championship

On May 14, 1981, Larry Bird delivered for the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 1981 NBA Finals to score 27 points with 13 rebounds as Boston dropped Houston to win the franchise’s 14th NBA championship.

Bird, 24 years old at the time, was already a dominant force during his second season in the league. He averaged 21.9 points, 14.0 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.3 steals during the 1981 Playoffs and 15.3 points, 15.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.3 steals during the 1981 Finals. His late 3-pointer during Game 6 was key to the Celtics’ winning their first of three championships in the 1980s, but Cedric Maxwell’s steady performance during the Finals was good enough for him to win 1981 Finals MVP. Maxwell averaged 17.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists to go along with stifling defense throughout the series. The Celtics’ acquisition of Maxwell along with Kevin McHale and Robert Parish during the summer of 1980 was critical to Boston’s success in the 1980-81 season and for years to come. That, along with the continued rise of three-time MVP (1984-86) Larry Bird.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor the 1981 Celtics by looking back at the historic career of Larry Bird.


Gallery: Larry Bird’s Career

What are your favorite Larry Bird and/or Boston Celtics memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Reggie Miller scores 8 points in 9 seconds


VIDEO: Reggie Miller scores 8 in 9 seconds

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: Reggie Miller wills Pacers to victory

Reggie Miller ripped the collective heart out of New York Knicks fans 20 years ago today when he erupted for eight points in nine seconds to power the Indiana Pacers to a 107-105 win in Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals (here’s the box score from that game).

The sold out Madison Square Garden crowd was sure the hometown Knicks had a victory in hand as they led 105-99 with 18 seconds left. But Miller had other ideas as he sank a 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left, stole the in-bounds pass and sank another three to tie the game with 13.2 seconds left, then grabbed a defensive rebound, drew a foul and sank two game-winning free throws to give Indiana the lead with 7.5 seconds remaining. Miller finished the game with 31 points and lifelong animosity from New York Knicks fans.

To honor this remarkable performance, this Throwback Thursday we look back at the Hall of Fame career of Reggie Miller.


Gallery: Reggie Miller’s Career

What are your favorite Reggie Miller memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Bucks win title


VIDEO: Relive Milwaukee’s run to the 1970 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: Bucks win lone championship

Oscar Robertson came to Milwaukee via a trade before the start of the 1970-71 season and had already amassed a career full of accolades, including an MVP, a triple-double season and more. What had eluded him, though, was a championship and he was hoping that a move to the Bucks — which paired him with young center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — would fill that hole on his resume.

Robertson ended up being right as the Bucks rumbled over the entire NBA in 1970-71, amassing 66 wins and reaching The Finals in just their third season of existence. Once on the NBA’s championship stage, Milwaukee didn’t waste any time and swept the Baltimore Bullets, beating them 118-106 in Game 4 on April 30, 1971. That victory gave the city its first (and only) NBA title.

In honor of the Bucks’ championship-clinching win, we take a look back at them and several other great teams from the 1970s:


Gallery: Abdul-Jabbar, Bucks claim title

What are your favorite Bucks championship team memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Jerry West


VIDEO: Jerry West was a legendary NBA scorer

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: Jerry West’s Finals feat

Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West is associated with many feats in NBA lore, but on this date 46 years ago, he pulled off one of his greatest ever.

In Game 1 of the 1969 NBA Finals, West scored 53 points to lift the Lakers to a 120-118 win over the Boston Celtics. Although the Celtics would eventually go on to win the series in seven games, West held a place in NBA lore for many years to come. His 53 points stood as a Finals record until Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls broke it with a 55-point effort in Game 4 of the 1993 NBA Finals (a 111-105 Chicago victory over the Phoenix Suns).

In honor of West’s Finals feat all those years ago, we take a look back at the storied career of one of the best shooting guards in NBA history:


Gallery: Jerry West’s career

What are your favorite Abdul-Jabbar memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


VIDEO: Relive Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s storied NBA 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: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Birthday

Rare is the person who shares his or her birthday with a moment in their (future) chosen field, but such is the case for NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Hall of Famer won six MVPs, six NBA championships, is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and is considered by many to be the best center of all time.

And, apart from those accolades, he also shares his birthday with a bit of NBA lore. He was born in New York on the same day that the opening game of the first NBA Finals was played — with the Philadelphia Warriors defeating the Chicago Stags 84-71 in Game 1.

Abdul-Jabbar went on to play in a record 20 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, setting an NBA record for points scored (38,387).

In honor of Abdul-Jabbar turning 68 today, we take a look back at the storied career of one of the best big men in NBA history:


Gallery: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career

What are your favorite Abdul-Jabbar memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Thompson vs. Gervin for 1978 scoring title


VIDEO: A look back at George Gervin’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: David Thompson and George Gervin battle for scoring crown

The 1977-78 season featured two of the league’s most spectacular stars in a duel for the scoring crown that came down to the final day of the season.

All season long, David Thompson of the Denver Nuggets and George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs were locked in a close race for the NBA scoring title. On the final day of the season, Thompson scored 73 points against the Detroit Pistons to take hold of the scoring title. But, Gervin had yet to play that day. A few hours later, Gervin — needing 58 points to secure the scoring crown — roasted the New Orleans Jazz with a 63-point effort to claim the title.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor that down-to-the-wire scoring battle between “The Iceman” Gervin and the “Skywalker” Thompson.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Thompson vs. Gervin

What’s your favorite Charles Barkley moment? Leave your comments below

Throwback Thursday: Recent McDonald’s All-Americans turned NBA All-Stars

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: Former McDonald’s All-Americans

The 36th annual McDonald’s High School All-American basketball game took place in Chicago on Wednesday night. This yearly showcase highlights the best high school players from around the country and is often a stepping stone for careers in the NBA.

This Throwback Thursday, we look back at the 10 NBA All-Stars who made their mark on the McDonald’s All-American Game.


Gallery: Future All-Stars in All-American Game

Which players do you remember from their high school days? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Larry Bird


VIDEO: Larry Bird scores 60 points on the Atlanta Hawks in 1985

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: Larry Bird drops 60 on Hawks

Few players in NBA history are more associated with the word clutch than Boston Celtics great Larry Bird. Over his 12 NBA seasons, he was an All-Star 11 times, won three NBA championships, was a three-time MVP, a two-time Finals MVP and created memory after unforgettable memory in the regular season and postseason.

On this date in 1985, though, Bird accomplished one of his best games ever, torching the Atlanta Hawks for 60 points before 10,079 fans. He was 22-for-36 from the field and 15-for-16 from the free throw line and, shockingly, nailed just one 3-pointer. (You can check out the box score from the game here.) But the memories of that game live on 30 years later.

With that in mind, we take a look back on the career that helped earn Bird the nickname “Larry Legend”.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Larry Bird’s career

What’s your most lasting Bird memory? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues


VIDEO: The Starters: Dominique Wilkins Statue

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: NBA Statues

The Atlanta Hawks will immortalize legendary forward Dominique Wilkins with a statue unveiling at Phillips Arena on Saturday. Wilkins was a 9-time All-Star and averaged 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals during his 12 seasons with the Hawks.

As Atlanta prepares to set Wilkins’ history in stone, this Throwback Thursday, we look back at other NBA legends who have been immortalized through statue.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues

Which NBA statue do you like best? Leave your comments below!