Throwback Thursday

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!

Throwback Thursday: Cousy Tallies 28 Assists


VIDEO: Best Point Guards: Bob Cousy

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: Cousy Tallies 28 Assists

On February 27, 1959, Boston Celtics’ legend Bob Cousy dished an NBA-record 28 assists in an 173-139 win over the Minneapolis Lakers. To go with the record, Cousy added 31 points and five rebounds during the high-scoring affair.

This single-game assist record was later topped by Kevin Porter with 29 in 1978 and Scott Skiles with 30 in 1990.

To honor Cousy’s historic game, this Throwback Thursday we look back at his Hall-of-Fame career.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Bob Cousy

How would Bob Cousy fare in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Barkley Reaches Milestone


VIDEO: NBA90s: Charles Barkley

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: Barkley Reaches 10,000-Rebound, 20,000-Point Club

On this date in 1996, Charles Barkley pulled down his 10,000th rebound to become at the time just the 10th player in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds and 20,000 points. There are now 16 players who have accomplished this milestone, with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan joining the club in recent years. With his 4,215 career assists, Barkley joins Garnett, Wilt ChamberlainKareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone as the only players to accumulate 20,000-plus points, 10,000-plus rebounds and 4,000-plus assists in a career.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor “Sir” Charles Barkley’s Hall-of-Fame career.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Charles Barkley

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

Throwback Thursday: 1998 All-Star Game


VIDEO: All-Access: 1998 All-Star Game at MSG

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: 1998 All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden

This Sunday’s All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden will be the first held at the “Mecca of Basketball” since 1998, when Michael Jordan won his third and final All-Star Game MVP after scoring 26 points with eight assists in the Eastern Conference’s 135-114 win. Second-year pro Kobe Bryant led the Western Conference with 18 points as he matched up with Jordan.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor this classic All-Star Game with the All-Access video above and the photo gallery below.


Gallery: 1998 All-Star Game at MSG

What are your favorite All-Star Game moments? Leave your comments below

Throwback Thursday: Bill Russell grabs 51 rebounds


VIDEO: Relive Bill Russell’s remarkable 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: Russell Grabs 51 Rebounds

It’s a number that few imagine will ever be bested.

On February 5, 1960, Bill Russell pulled down a career-high 51 rebounds against the Syracuse Nationals. This mark was the best in league history at the time and solidified Russell’s place as the most dominant player in the game. (That is until Wilt Chamberlain tallied 55 rebounds against Russell and the Boston Celtics nine months later.)

To honor Russell’s incredible accomplishment, we take a look back at his storied career:


Gallery: Bill Russell’s Career

What are your favorite Bill Russell moments? Leave your comments below!

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.