Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Payton and Roy


VIDEO: Hall of Fame — Gary Payton

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog and NBA TV. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives to uncover great images from way back when and, starting this summer, NBA TV will join in on the fun, airing the best games from the careers of our topic player(s) for that week. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball and NBA TV.

Today’s Topic: Gary Payton and Brandon Roy

It’s a birthday celebration here on Throwback Thursday, as we honor the careers of Gary Payton and Brandon Roy, who respectively turn 47 and 31 years old today.

Gary Payton

One of the greatest guards of all-time, Gary Payton brought a defensive tenacity to the game that may never be seen again. A nine-time All-Star, Payton was selected to nine-straight All-Defensive First Teams and won the Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. Take a look back at his incredible career:

VIDEO: Gary Payton’s best career plays

Photo Gallery: Through The Years
On NBA TV:

  • 6 a.m. / 3 p.m. ET — SuperSonics vs. Jazz, 1993 1st Round, Game 5 — Payton tallies 17 points and seven assists to power Seattle past Utah in the deciding game of the series
  • 8 a.m. / 5 p.m. ET — SuperSonics vs. Kings, 1996 1st Round, Game 4 — Payton drops 29 points on Sacramento with six rebounds and five assists to seal Seattle’s 3-1 series victory
  • 10 a.m. / 7 p.m. ET — SuperSonics vs. Jazz, 2000 1st Round, Game 4 — Payton erupts for 35 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds to force a decisive Game 5
  • 9 p.m. ET NBA TV Special: Looking Back at Gary Payton — A special look back at Gary Payton’s Hall of Fame career

Brandon Roy

Selected with the sixth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Brandon Roy was an instant star in Portland as he won 2006 Rookie of the Year and earned All-Star honors for three-straight seasons from 2008-2010. Injuries cut his career short, but Blazers fans will always have fond memories of their former star. Relive some of Roy’s best NBA moments:

VIDEO: Brandon Roy’s best career plays

Photo Gallery: Through The Years
On NBA TV:

  • 12 p.m. ET — 2008 NBA All-Star Game — Roy tallies 18 points (8-10 FG), 9 rebounds and 5 assists in his first All-Star Game
  • 2 p.m. ET  — Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks, 2011 1st Round, Game 4 — Roy dominates to score 18 of his 24 points in the 4th quarter as Portland comes back from 23 points down to beat Dallas

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What will you remember most about Gary Payton and Brandon Roy? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars


VIDEO: Relive Stephen Curry’s Summer League debut in 2009

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.

Today’s Topic: Summer League Superstars

The Summer League season is one of the most fun times of the NBA year, with every player on the floor having something to prove. After events in Orlando and Salt Lake City, the attention turns to Las Vegas where 23 of the 30 teams participate in 10 days of basketball, culminating in a tournament that was won by the Sacramento Kings last season. Coverage of the 2015 NBA Summer League tournament continues on NBA TV through July 20.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the best players to ever play in the Summer League.


Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

Which of these players do you think has changed the most since Summer League? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Big Three forms in Miami


VIDEO: Heat Introduce Big Three

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: LeBron, Wade, Bosh Come Together

On July 9, 2010, the Miami Heat signed free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to contracts. From there, nothing would be the same for them, the Heat franchise or the NBA at large.

The Heat reached four straight NBA Finals during their four seasons together in Miami, winning two NBA championships over the span, and established the legacies for all three players. But, by the summer of 2014, James eventually left to return to Cleveland and things changed for Miami.

This Throwback Thursday, we look back at the Big Three’s four years in Miami … 

PHOTO GALLERY — Miami Heat’s Big Three

What was your favorite memory of the Big Three? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday — Wilt Chamberlain traded to Lakers


VIDEO: Relive Wilt Chamberlain’s days with the Lakers

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

By the end of the 1967-68 season, Wilt Chamberlain was coming off an MVP season and had just led the Philadelphia 76ers to a league-best 62 victories and the Eastern Conference finals (which Philly lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 7). That playoff loss marked the third time in the last four seasons the 76ers had been KO’d by the Celtics and Philadelphia’s management was ready for a change.

They sent Chamberlain across the country to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark and Darrall Imhoff on July 9, 1968, but Chamberlain still had plenty of good basketball left in his tank. He spent his final five campaigns in Los Angeles and helped the Lakers to the NBA Finals four times in those five seasons. The most notable season was 1971-72, in which he scored only 14.8 points per game. But his contributions came in other forms. At age 35, he managed to grab 19.2 rebounds per contest and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. His 1971-72 Lakers won a then-record 69 games and Chamberlain was a force in The Finals against the New York Knicks, claiming Finals MVP honors.

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


Gallery: Wilt Chamberlain’s career

What’s your favorite  Chamberlain memory? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Shaquille O’Neal


VIDEO: Shaquille O’Neal leads the Lakers to the title in 2000

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: Shaquille O’Neal wins first Finals MVP

For the first seven seasons in his NBA career, Shaquille O’Neal achieved tremendous success during the regular season, but consistent success in the playoffs eluded him. Sure, he reached the NBA Finals in just his third season (1994-95) as a member of the Orlando Magic, but his team was swept from the NBA’s championship stage in four games.

After signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 1996, O’Neal was again a focal point of the team and led L.A. on playoff runs. He never reached The Finals again, though, until the 1999-2000 season. That was the season in which he ran away with the regular season MVP trophy and, once he got back to The Finals, made sure not to flub this time around.

On June 18, 2000, he was named unanimous MVP of The Finals after L.A. ousted the Indiana Pacers 116-111 in Game 6. O’Neal averaged 38 points, 16.7 rebounds and 2.67 blocks in the six-game Finals series. He became just the third person to sweep MVP honors for the season, capturing the All-Star Game MVP, which he shared with San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP awards. O’Neal joined Willis Reed (1970) and Michael Jordan (1996). The Lakers tied the NBA Finals single game record with only five turnovers.

In honor of Shaq’s big accomplishment 15 years ago today, we pay homage to his tremendous career::


Gallery: Shaquille O’Neal’s career

What are your favorite O’Neal memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Bulls win first NBA championship


VIDEO: Relive the Bulls’ top 10 plays from the 1991 Finals

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: Chicago Bulls win 1991 Finals

Entering the 1990-91 season, the Chicago Bulls had experienced playoff success and also bitter playoff losses. Years upon years of failing to get past the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons culminated in the 1991 East finals, where Chicago exorcised its demons against Detroit. In sweeping the Pistons, the Bulls reached their first Finals, squaring off against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers.

After falling in Game 1 at home, the Bulls rebounded and rattled off four straight wins, clinching the title on June 12, 1991 to claim their first NBA championship. Little would Chicago know at the time, but a dynasty would begin with that Finals series win as the Bulls were crowned champions in ’92, ’93, ’96, ’97 and ’98.

In honor of the Bulls’ first title, we take a look back at the storied career of the best player on that team, Michael Jordan:


Gallery: Michael Jordan’s career

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

Throwback Thursday: Celtics Win Finals Thriller


Gallery: Celtics win 1976 Finals Game 5 thriller

What are your favorite NBA Finals moments? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: 1975 Warriors


VIDEO: Golden State wraps up the 1975 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: Golden State Warriors Win 1975 Championship

The Golden State Warriors were hardly the NBA title favorites when the 1974-75 season began. When they rolled into the playoffs as the West’s No. 1 seed, there were still some doubts they’d reach The Finals. And when they ousted the Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, few thought the Warriors could beat the mighty Washington Bullets.

Yet the Warriors did exactly that, locking up the NBA championship on March 25, 1975 with a 96-95 win that completed a sweep of the Bullets. At the time, it was only the third sweep in Finals history and to this day is perhaps the greatest Finals upset ever.

In honor of the Warriors’ feat, we take a look back at Rick Barry and the other players that made that 1975 team shine:


Gallery: The 1975 Golden State Warriors

What are your favorite memories of that team? Leave your comments below!

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!