Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Peja Stojakovic


VIDEO: Peja Stojakovic’s top 10 career plays

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: Peja Stojakovic

On Dec. 16, 2014, the Sacramento Kings retired the No. 16 jersey of former All-Star and fan favorite Peja Stojakovic. He ranks first in Kings franchise history (1948-current) in 3-pointers made (1,070) and attempted (2,687), and in free throw percentage (.893). He’s also ranked second on the Kings all-time scoring list with 9,498 points scored, third in field goals made (3,352) and attempted (7,269), and fifth in steals (543).

To honor Stojakovic’s days in Sacramento, we look back at the career of this sharp-shooter:

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


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Peja Stojakovic

What’s your favorite Peja Stojakovic moment? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit for NBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

Throwback Thursday: Bryant’s scoring milestones


VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Scoring Milestones

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: Bryant’s Scoring Milestones

Kobe Bryant is just 31 points away from passing Michael Jordan for third on the NBA all-time scoring list. This monumental accomplishment will add another bullet to Bryant’s Hall-of-Fame worthy resume and could occur as soon as Friday when the Lakers visit the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs.

To honor this moment, we look back at images from Bryant’s career scoring milestones.


Gallery: Bryant’s Scoring Milestones

What’s your favorite Kobe Bryant memory? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit forNBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

Throwback Thursday: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring streak ends


VIDEO: The Lakers recall Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record-breaking basket

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 streak ends

From the time he entered the league as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1970 Draft to his departure after the 1988-89 season, one thing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar could always do was score. He retired as (and remains) the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and, from 1970 to 1987, he scored in double figures in every game he played.

But, his run of double-figure scoring games stopped at 787 on Dec. 4, 1987. Ironically enough, the streak ended against the Milwaukee Bucks — team that drafted Abdul-Jabbar and with whom he spent his first six seasons.

In light of this moment, we take a look back at Abdul-Jabbar’s record-setting career that included 18 All-Star bids, six MVPs, two Finals MVPs and a host of other honors.


Gallery: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career

What’s your favorite Kareem Abdul-Jabbar memory? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Reggie Miller


VIDEO: Reggie’s Career Night

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.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Reggie Miller

What’s your favorite Reggie Miller moment? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit for NBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

Throwback Thursday: Red Holzman


VIDEO: The Knicks won the 1973 NBA championship under coach Red Holzman

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: Red Holzman

Red Holzman was a player in the NBA during its early days as the Basketball Association of America and after his six-year NBA playing career was done in 1954, he didn’t stray far from the league. He became a player-coach, a coach, an scout and found his greatest success as coach of the New York Knicks from 1967-77. Under his leadership, New York reached three Finals, won two championships and had perhaps its greatest era of success.

On this date in 1979, Holzman defeated the Houston Rockets 130-125 in OT to become the second coach in NBA history to win 500 games. In honor of his accomplishment years ago, we look back on Holzman’s career:

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


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Red Holzman

What’s your favorite Red Holzman moment? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit for NBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

Throwback Thursday: Jerry Sloan


VIDEO: Jerry Sloan wins his 1,000th game with the Jazz

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: Jerry Sloan

Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan forged a legendary career after a standout career as a member of the Chicago Bulls in the 1960s and ’70s. Although Sloan briefly coached the Bulls from 1979-82, Sloan forged his reputation as the Utah Jazz’s coach from 1988-2011. In that time, he led Utah to two NBA Finals, multiple division championships and several lengthy playoff runs in the 1990s behind the Hall of Fame duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone.

On this date in 2008, Sloan became the first coach in NBA history to record 1,000 wins with the same club as the Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-97. In honor of his accomplishment six years ago, we look back on Sloan’s career:

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


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Jerry Sloan

What’s your favorite Jerry Sloan moment? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit for NBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

Throwback Thursday: Classic ring ceremonies


VIDEO: Relive the San Antonio Spurs’ 2014 championship ring ceremony

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: Classic Ring Ceremonies

Opening night in the NBA is reason to celebrate in and of itself, but for the team that won the title the season before, it takes on special meaning. Last season’s NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, got their championship rings on Tuesday night before their home (and season) opening game against the Dallas Mavericks.

With that in mind, we take a look back today at some great ring ceremony moments from throughout NBA history.

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


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Classic Ring Ceremonies

Got a favorite ring ceremony memory or anything else to share on Throwback Thursday? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit for NBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

 

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!

Throwback Thursday: Hall-of-Fame Debuts


VIDEO: Best Small Forwards: Billy Cunningham

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: Hall-of-Fame Debuts

October 16 marks the date of debut for three of the NBA’s all-time greatest players: Jerry Lucas in 1963, Billy Cunningham in 1965 and Wes Unseld in 1968.

All three players won NBA championships, made multiple appearances on All-Star and All-NBA teams and each were named to The 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list in 1997.

This Throwback Thursday, learn more about the remarkable careers of these three NBA standouts.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Hall-Of-Fame Debuts

Which of these stars do you think would be best in the modern NBA? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Kevin McHale debuts


VIDEO: Relive Kevin McHale’s Hall of Fame 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: Kevin McHale’s NBA debut

In 1980, then-Boston Celtics president Red Auerbach knew how to make his team into a contender — even after it had boasted Larry Bird on the roster for a season.

Before the 1980 Draft, Auerbach engineered a blockbuster trade that shaped a dynasty as Boston traded its No. 1 pick and a later 1980 first-round pick to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick and a young center named Robert Parish. Then, after Golden State selected Joe Barry Carroll at No. 1 and Utah took Darrell Griffith at No. 2, Auerbach added Kevin McHale and Boston’s “Big Three” of the decade was born.

Today, we take a look back at McHale’s career, which began on this date in 1980. Upon the conclusion of his NBA days, McHale was a seven-time All-Star, a two-time Sixth Man of the Year, a three-time NBA champion and a Hall of Famer.


Gallery: Kevin McHale’s storied NBA career

What’s your favorite Kevin McHale memory? Leave your comments below!