Inside the Pelicans locker room celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It took them almost every minute of every game, but last night the New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs and qualified for the NBA playoffs. This was cause for celebration, and while the Pelicans celebrated on the court, they were able to cut loose a bit more in this video from inside the locker room, which also includes coach Monty Williams’ congratulatory speech as well as their postgame prayer. Great stuff…


VIDEO: Pelicans celebrate

Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


VIDEO: Relive Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s storied NBA 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: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Birthday

Rare is the person who shares his or her birthday with a moment in their (future) chosen field, but such is the case for NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Hall of Famer won six MVPs, six NBA championships, is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and is considered by many to be the best center of all time.

And, apart from those accolades, he also shares his birthday with a bit of NBA lore. He was born in New York on the same day that the opening game of the first NBA Finals was played — with the Philadelphia Warriors defeating the Chicago Stags 84-71 in Game 1.

Abdul-Jabbar went on to play in a record 20 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, setting an NBA record for points scored (38,387).

In honor of Abdul-Jabbar turning 68 today, we take a look back at the storied career of one of the best big men in NBA history:


Gallery: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career

What are your favorite Abdul-Jabbar memories? Leave your comments below!

Allen Iverson takes over Sixers Twitter account

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides letting the players coach, yesterday the Sixers also brought back legendary guard Allen Iverson and gave him the controls to the team’s Twitter account to answer questions and interact with fans. Here are some of The Answer’s best answers…

 

Sixers players take over playcalling duties

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s no surprise that NBA players sometimes call plays during games, but you don’t often see them grab the clipboard and draw up a play out of a timeout. But during last night’s season finale, the Sixers decided to get experimental. Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid, both out injured, each took a turn drawing up a play…

Embiid in particular seems to have really embraced this, changing his Twitter name to “Coach” Embiid and pointing out his play worked…

Washington Wizards unveil new logo

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Washington Wizards released a new primary logo today, joining the Milwaukee Bucks as teams looking for a little visual re-boot heading into the postseason. According to the Wizards…

The new primary logo incorporates the “monument ball” design that has been in place since 2011 in combination with the iconic striping from the team’s uniforms, the three stars that represent D.C., Maryland and Virginia (which are also featured on the apron of center court at Verizon Center) and the team’s wordmarks. The Wizards will continue to prominently use both the monument ball and “DC hands” logos in all collateral materials and will discontinue the use of the “wizard/partial moon” logo that was introduced in 1997 and revamped in 2011.

Garnett, Mozgov throw out first pitches

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve reached the part of the calendar where basketball and baseball overlap, and as we’ve seen in years past, NBA players are always popular choices to throw out the first pitch at baseball games. This happens with more regularity during the NBA offseason, when players have more free time, but we’ve already had a few NBA first pitches this season.

Let’s start in Minnesota, where Kevin Garnett has returned. KG recently visited a Twins game and threw a looping first pitch strike…

VIDEO: KG first pitch

And we should also go to Cleveland, where Timofey Mozgov walked across the street from the Cavs arena to the Indians’ stadium and threw out the first pitch at a recent game. Pretty good throw from Mozgov, considering his first practice pitch almost beans some dude hanging out in the batting cage…

VIDEO: Mozgov first pitch

The Spurs made a music video

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In retrospect, the ’80s were a strange time, when bands wore face paint and teased their hair and played aggressively dramatic pop songs. And who better to celebrate that era than a bunch of the San Antonio Spurs? Here’s a music video from Spuran Spuran, a Duran Duran tribute band composed of Matt Bonner, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, the Spurs Coyote mascot, and Kawhi Leonard on drums, in a tribute to Tim and Eric with their song, “Spurs!”


VIDEO: Spuran Spuran

Stephen Curry made 77 consecutive 3-pointers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One thing about the NBA that gets overlooked is that almost every NBA player is a really good shooter. Even guys who don’t score a lot of points in games are generally great shooters when wide open and left alone. Go early to an NBA game and watch the players shoot around in warm ups, and you’ll see guys sink more shots than they miss.

That said, the best shooter in the NBA is probably Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who basically went crazy in practice yesterday. During a shooting drill when he took ten jumpers from ten spots around the three-point line, Curry sank 77 consecutive threes, and finished by making 94 out of 100. The Warriors also posted a short video of Curry doing work. Stand back…

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Volume 4, Episode 23

VIDEO: Shaqtin’ a Fool runs through the worst of the season

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Jason Sudeikis teaches you how to dominate at HORSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I always figured Jason Sudeikis was a basketball guy back when he was a regular on “Saturday Night Live,” not only because he was playing pick-up ball in the opening credits, but also because he always wore cool sneakers. As this video from the Brooklyn Nets shows, Sudeikis is not only a baller, he’s a hustler, too…


VIDEO: Sudeikis HORSE