Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Karl Malone


VIDEO: Relive Karl Malone’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: Karl Malone’s milestones

When he walked off the court for the last time after the 2004 NBA Finals, Karl Malone left the game as a two-time MVP, the No. 2 scorer in NBA history, the game’s all-time leader in free throws and forever changed the power forward position.

But back on this date in 2000, Malone added to his lore as an all-time great scorer. With a layup with 8:53 left in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, he passed the 30,000-point plateau and thus took his place in NBA annals alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 career points) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419).

Two years and one day later, he further etched his name in the all-time scoring books. With his 18 points in a 90-78 win over the Chicago Bulls at the then-Delta Center, Malone became the second player in NBA history to register 34,000 career points, trailing only Abdul-Jabbar.

Today, we take a look back at Malone’s storied career:


Gallery: Karl Malone’s career

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

Throwback Thursday: Kobe scores 81


VIDEO: Kobe Bryant scores 81 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 Topic: Kobe Scores 81

(NOTE: Watch NBA TV today at 4 p.m. ET as we’ll be playing back Kobe’s 81-point game in its entirety). 

Arguably the most memorable night of Kobe Bryant‘s illustrious career occurred on January 22, 2006. He erupted for 81 points with 30 coming in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 122-104.

 

On the ninth anniversary of this accomplishment, look back at photos, stats and quotes from the incredible night:


Gallery: Kobe Bryant Scores 81

Where were you when Kobe Bryant dropped 81? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Wilt Chamberlain traded


VIDEO: Relive Wilt Chamberlain’s early days in life and 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: Wilt Chamberlain gets traded

In the modern NBA, virtually no player is untradeable. That belief was true, too, in the early days of the NBA — even for a future Hall of Famer like Wilt Chamberlain.

Despite being named both Rookie of the Year and MVP in his first NBA season (1959-60) with the then-Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors, Chamberlain found himself on the trading block. In the middle of the 1964-65 season — one that would result in the first of three straight NBA MVPs for Chamberlain — he was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 15, 1965 for Connie Dierking, Paul Neumann, Lee Shaffer and cash.

Today, we take a look back at the career of Chamberlain and his myriad of accomplishments as well.

Gallery: Wilt Chamberlain’s career

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

Throwback Thursday: Best NBA Teams Of All-Time


VIDEO: Michael Jordan’s Top 10 Plays – 1996

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’s Best Teams

On January 8, 1997, the NBA announced the Top 10 Teams in NBA history as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. The list was created by members of the media and presented without ranking.

Top 10 Teams Of All-Time

1964-65 Boston Celtics
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers
1969-70 New York Knicks
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers
1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers
1985-86 Boston Celtics
1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers
1988-89 Detroit Pistons
1991-92 Chicago Bulls
1995-96 Chicago Bulls

To honor this historic group of teams, we look back at the best teams from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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


Gallery: Best Teams – 1960s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1970s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1980s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1990s 

Who do you think is the best team of all-time? Should a team after 1997 be included in the top 10? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or leave a comment below.

Throwback Thursday: LeBron James


VIDEO: LeBron James’ top 30 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: LeBron James

Back on Oct. 29, 2003, LeBron James made his NBA debut in a 106-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Since then, he’s provided his fans and the NBA with countless memories and accomplishments, including (but not limited to) championship runs, MVP awards, Olympic gold medals and more. Although he’s been in the league for 11 1/2 seasons, he just turned 30 on Dec. 30 and much of his career is still ahead of him.

To honor James’ birthday, we look back at the career of this living NBA legend:

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


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: LeBron James

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

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.