Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: First round series to go seven


VIDEO: The Bulls and Celtics square off in an epic 2009 first-round series

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: First round series to go seven games

The NBA Playoffs are a magical time in the basketball universe as every game matters and each player gives it their all.

To honor the playoffs, this Thursday we look back at the 14 first-round series to go the full seven games (the first round expanded from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven format in 2003). Hopefully this year’s playoffs provide similar dramatics.

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: First Round Series to Go Seven

Which of these was your favorite series? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: UConn Alumni


VIDEO: Huskies in the NBA

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: UConn Alumni

The University of Connecticut won their fourth NCAA Tournament Championship (1999, 2004, 2011, 2014) on Monday with a 60-54 win over the University of Kentucky.

Unsurprisingly, this dominant college basketball program has developed a number of NBA players. This Throwback Thursday, we look back at the best NBA players who attended UConn.

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: NBA UConn alumni

Who do you think is the best former Husky? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


VIDEO: Career of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

On April 5, 1985, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sank a 12-foot skyhook against the Kansas City Kings to up his career scoring total to 31,420 points and pass Wilt Chamberlain for the top spot on the NBA All-Time scoring list.

It was a memorable moment in a career filled with them for Abdul-Jabbar, and we take this Thursday to look back at many of these moments from his incredible NBA career.

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

What’s your favorite Kareem moment? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Rookie Rarities


VIDEO: Wes Unseld Tribute

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: Rookie Rarities

On March 24, 1969, the legendary Wes Unseld became the second player in NBA history to win the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year award in the same season (Wilt Chamberlain also accomplished the feat in 1960). Unseld led the Baltimore Bullets into the playoffs with averages of 13.8 ppg and 18.2 rpg.

To honor Unseld, we look back at some other Rookie of the Year award rarities including the youngest to win it,  the first team to have back-to-back winners, the four foreign-born players to win the award and more!

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Rookie Rarities

Which of these rarities do you think is the most impressive? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Teammates to score 40


VIDEO: Best Small Forwards: Adrian Dantley

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!

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of a game between the Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons where Adrian Dantley and John Drew of the Jazz both scored more than 40 points to help Utah defeat Detroit 143-125 on March 19, 1984.

This marked the ninth time in NBA history teammates each scored 40 or more points in a game. Since then, four other teammates accomplished the feat.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor the twelve teammates who achieved this extremely rare accomplishment.

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Teammates to Score 40+

Who do you think were the most dominant teammates? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Dirk Nowitzki


VIDEO: Nowitzki passes Havlicek

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: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki passed Boston Celtics legend and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee John Havlicek for 12th on the all-time scoring list last night after he scored 31 points against the Utah Jazz.

Nowitzki now has 26,426 points in his career and trails Moses Malone by only 983 points for seventh on the all-time list, which would move him past Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes.

This Throwback Thursday, we look back at the incredible career of Dirk Nowitzki:

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Dirk Nowitzki

What’s your favorite Dirk Nowitzki moment? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: 60-Plus Point Games


VIDEO: LeBron lights up Bobcats for 61 points

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: Players to score 60+ points in a game

LeBron James became the 22nd player to score 60 or more points in a game earlier this week when he erupted for 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.

However, James’ high-scoring affair wasn’t the first time someone went for 60-plus points in March, as Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Rick Barry, Tom Chambers and Tracy McGrady all accomplished the feat in the past, too.

This week’s Throwback Thursday honors these players, as well as 11 others, who have scored more than 60 points in a game.

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: 60+ Scorers

Which of these performances was the most impressive? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Allen Iverson


VIDEO: David Aldridge interviews Allen Iverson

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: Allen Iverson

The Philadelphia 76ers are set to retire the No. 3 jersey of Allen Iverson during halftime of Saturday’s game against the Washington Wizards (7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV).

To honor Iverson’s transcendent career, we’ve created a gallery of the major moments from his 14 seasons in the NBA.

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Allen Iverson

What’s your favorite Allen Iverson moment? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: LeBron James And Kevin Durant


VIDEO: LeBron speaks about hypothetical 1-on-1 with Durant

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: James and Durant

By Jonathan Hartzell, NBA.com

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at the careers of LeBron James and Kevin Durant before the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Miami Heat tonight on TNT at 8 p.m. ET.

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: James and Durant

What’s your favorite James-Durant moment? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: A Slam Dunk-A-Thon


VIDEO: Some of the all-time best Dunk Contest jams

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: NBA TV’s Slam Dunk-A-Thon

By Jeff Case & Jonathan Hartzell, NBA.com

What’s better than watching a Slam Dunk Contest from the NBA’s archives? How about whole day of watching Slam Dunk Contests? That’s exactly what NBA TV has in store today starting at 10 a.m. ET and going until 5 p.m. ET, with more Dunk Contests airing again from 7 p.m. ET Thursday to 2 a.m ET on Friday.

You’ll see every Slam Dunk Contest in history (yes, even the first-ever one at the ABA All-Star Game in 1976 that featured Julius “Dr. J” Erving). It’s a great time to look back at an era when All-Stars like Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Clyde Drexler were regular participants in the event.

And, you can look forward to this year’s Sprite Slam Dunk contest, which features three All-Stars (Damian Lillard, Paul George and John Wall) for the first time since the 1988 edition (when Wilkins, Jordan and Drexler participated).

To celebrate the big day of TV watching on NBA TV, here are some of the most iconic Slam Dunk Contest images of all-time:

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Slam Dunk History

What was your favorite dunk contest moment? Leave your comments below!