March 6, 2014 · 10:20AM
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.
(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)
Gallery: Throwback Thursday: 60+ Scorers
Which of these performances was the most impressive? Leave your comments below!
March 6, 2014 · 9:38AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Short answer? No.
There was, however, a guy at last night’s Celtics/Warriors game in Boston who looked an awful lot like rapper/actor Tupac Shakur, who died in 1996. After the game, Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala posted a photo of the guy on Instagram, noting, “They sayin 2pac back, 2pac back! At the game tonight in Boston.”
It wasn’t just a thing that was noticed post-game. Late in the game, with the Celtics down 30, the Tupac doppleganger made an appearance on the scoreboard, prompting the crowd to chant their support…
VIDEO: Tupac at Celtics Game?
March 5, 2014 · 10:31PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Dwight Howard may currently be a member of the Houston Rockets, but before Houston (and Los Angeles before that), Dwight spent the first eight seasons of his career playing for the Orlando Magic. Wednesday marked Howard’s first return trip to Orlando as a member of the Rockets, and despite the bad feelings surrounding Howard’s departure, the Magic paid tribute to Dwight for his contributions to the organization …
VIDEO: Orlando Tribute To Dwight
March 5, 2014 · 12:17PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we examined a “Kobe Piano,” or at least what was purported to be a Kobe Bryant piano. It was a piano in the shape of Kobe’s Nike logo, although upon closer inspection, it may not have actually been physically possible to make.
Perhaps in response to the closer examination of the piano, Kobe took to Instagram to show several other everyday products as they might look if Kobe was the creator. As Kobe said in his caption, “The Kobe Piano, The Kobe Pen, Kobe Kobe Beef, The Kobe Light Bulb #madebykobe”
UPDATE: As for the piano? Turns out it’s for the latest commercial from Foot Locker…
VIDEO: Kobe Piano
March 5, 2014 · 12:08PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver’s Nate Robinson is out for the season while recovering from surgery on his ACL, but he has kept his social media game tight. Yesterday, Nate posted this video of his usual pregame dancing routine, set to Deion Sanders‘ classic hip-hop anthem “Must Be The Money.” (I’m not the only person who immediately recognized that as Prime Time’s song, am I?)
March 5, 2014 · 10:40AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When you’re a rookie in the NBA, you have certain duties to perform. Buying donuts? Carrying luggage? Taking care of the veterans? These are all things NBA rookies are regularly charged with doing.
Covering “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5? That’s something that isn’t required as regularly, but at the recent Phoenix Suns JumpBall charity fundraiser, a trio of Suns rookies (Alex Len, Dionte Christmas and Archie Goodwin) were charged with performing the Jackson 5 classic. Little pitchy?
VIDEO: The Jackson 3
March 4, 2014 · 1:21PM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Trail Blazers released a video yesterday that involves All Ball favorite Robin Lopez, as well as Bill Walton, superheroes, dancing and Darth Vader. Not really sure how we can not post this.
VIDEO: Rip City Legacy
March 4, 2014 · 10:19AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Shaquille O’Neal is one of the largest human beings in the world, which means he wears some of the largest clothes in the world. So if you ever see some of Shaq’s clothes laying around, be sure to try them on and snap a photo, because it’s never not funny.
The most recent example of this comes from Sacramento, where Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas found a shirt belonging to Shaq — a Kings co-owner — laying around and tried it on.
Of course, this is just the most recent example of this phenomenon. Just a few weeks back, Shaq was a guest on the first week of Jimmy Fallon‘s new gig hosting the “Tonight Show.” And on that night, he let Fallon try on his jacket…
Going back a few more months, when Tracy McGrady was pulling a shift on NBA TV’s “GameTime” and he needed a suit, he thought he could pull off wearing one of Shaq’s suits that was sitting around the Turner studios…
And a few months before that, Reggie Miller was in the Turner studios and decided to give one of Shaq’s coats a try…
March 4, 2014 · 9:52AM
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA practices frequently devolve into shooting contests — from halfcourt, from full court, between teammates, whatever. And when your team’s coach is a former NBA point guard, it just gives the players one more competitor to go up against in any shooting contest. That’s what happened yesterday in Indianapolis, where the Golden State Warriors had practice on an off day, and where Steph Curry and coach Mark Jackson got into a post-practice shootout.
Even though Curry is arguably the best shooters in the game today, Coach Jackson gave him all he could handle. Hand down, man down.
VIDEO: Jackson Vs. Curry
March 4, 2014 · 3:12AM
While the eyes of the basketball world rested upon the show LeBron James gave Monday, there were some young bucks strutting their stuff in the Midwest. I’m about the plays, so forgive me for diverting your attention from James’ best game as a Heat (statistically) to talk about a Jazz-Bucks contest.
But I’m guessing if you’re a fan of people doing amazing things, you’ll be OK.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jeremy Evans bring tremendous wingspans and strides that don’t look natural on a human, and last night, they didn’t hesitate to show it.
Giannis took the lead.
VIDEO: Giannis rejects, then runs the break with the perfect behind-the-back pass
Not to be outdone, Evans followed up a couple of game minutes later.
VIDEO: Jeremy Evans gets forceful with the block, then skies on the other end for the boom
Factor in Ersan Ilyasova’s out-of-nowhere 31 points on 13-for-14 shooting (only miss came on a putback, go figure), Milwaukee shooting 57 percent and registering a blowout win, and one could make the case that this game was as eye-raising as That Guy’s masterpiece in Miami. Well, almost as eye-raising.