Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of 1940-50s


VIDEO: Mikan and the Minneapolis 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.

Today’s Topic: Best Teams of 1940-50s

This week we start our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1940s and 1950s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1960s!

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


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of 1940-50s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

Ted Mosby reacts to LeBron’s return to Cleveland

By Joe Boozell

“How I Met Your Mother”, the hit sitcom that recently wrapped up its ninth and final season on CBS, stars Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby. The show takes place in New York City, but Radnor’s character calls Columbus, Ohio home.

Throughout the series, Mosby makes it known how salty he is about King James‘ departure. For example:

 

The show may be finished, but Mosby lives on. Radnor reacts to LeBron coming home first, but he inevitably lets overzealous Ted do the rest:

 

The Knicks welcome back Carmelo Anthony

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There was some question the last few weeks as to which franchise Carmelo Anthony would end up playing with going forward. But after visiting teams from coast to coast, Melo ended up re-signing with the New York Knicks, and the Knicks made this video to celebrate his return.


VIDEO: Melo NY

A big week for birthday cakes and the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This is apparently a great week to be an NBA player having a birthday, or even if you’re just an NBA player who enjoys eating birthday cake.

Just one day ago we saw Danté Exum presented with a birthday cake. Little did we know it would mark the start of a trend.

Two nights ago, “The Starters” presented Bucks rookie Jabari Parker with this cake.

Last night, after Trey Burke visited “The Starters” on NBA TV, he was presented with a cake, which he promptly smashed into the face of my main man Trey Kerby.

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Meanwhile, out in Portland, Damian Lillard got a birthday cake from a camper at his basketball camp featuring a photo of his Horry Scale shot against Houston from the playoffs.

If that wasn’t enough, Lillard also got a cake with an adidas shoe in the middle of it…

Patty Mills and Aron Baynes videobomb live tv report with Larry O’Brien trophy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Miami Heat spent a large chunk of the Big Three era perfecting the videobomb during postgame interviews. Looks like the San Antonio Spurs have once again lifted things to another level.

Spurs players Patty Mills and Aron Baynes are in their native Australia with the Spurs’ championship Larry O’Brien trophy, on something of a world victory tour. While at an Australian Rules Football stadium, they happened upon a reporter doing a live shot, so they ran into the picture, trophy and all, and celebrated.

The reporter didn’t recognize them, and he shoves Mills and urges them to move on, which they do. The best part is later when the reporter realizes what just happened.

JaVale McGee dunks in his dreams

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It wouldn’t be an NBA off-season without a visit from JaVale McGee, the Nuggets center recovering from injury who is in many ways a master of social media, as he’s shown us previously. In this latest video, JaVale shows us exactly what his sweet dreams are made of…

(via TNLP)

Dante Exum sings Happy Birthday to himself


VIDEO: Exum Sings

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The good news is that rookie Jazz guard Danté Exum turned 19 years old on Sunday. The bad news is that the Jazz have a tradition of making rookies singing “Happy Birthday” to people celebrating as something of a hazing ritual, so the Jazz decided to have Exum sing “Happy Birthday” to himself. Luckily, this was caught in the video above.

This was not, however, the only time Exum received well-wishes. On Sunday night, Exum visited “The Starters,” where he was presented with a different cake and helped out singing a different kind of song…


VIDEO: Exum Starters

Golden State Warriors train animals with Greg Popovich


VIDEO: Warriors and Popovich

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — No, not Gregg Popovich, Spurs coach. This is about Greg Popovich, an animal trainer and magician. Just watch the video.

They had me when they mentioned the “troupe of comedy pet performers.”

Summer MUSCLEWATCH Round-up


VIDEO: Jrue MUSCLEWATCH

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are still a few months until NBA training camps begin, so NBA players still have time to get in the weight room and add 15 pounds of muscle, the amount they always seem to add, and make an appearance on MUSCLEWATCH. Once camps start up we’ll launch our official MUSCLEWATCH 2014, but right now with plenty of guys playing in summer league, we can make an initial check-in and see how MUSCLEWATCH is shaping up.

What, you may be asking, is MUSCLEWATCH? It stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that out local paper used to always say that players had gained 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of muscle. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and eventually MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay. If you see MUSCLEWATCH info, tweet it and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH to help us keep all this info straight.

On to the MUSCLEWATCH…

Anthony Davis is already making a case to be a MUSCLEWATCH winner this season.

• In the video above, AD’s teammate Jrue Holiday talks about adding muscle and strengthening the leg he had surgery on. We don’t get any concrete numbers, but he still has months to go.

• One of the big stories from summer league has been the newly-slimmed Anthony Bennett, who looks much different. According to our man Steve Aschburner, Bennett has lost 15 pounds from his playing weight last season. I also love this quote from Bennett so much: “It wasn’t really that tough. My body is kind of weird. I can gain weight fast, I can lose weight fast. So it was just me maintaining it. Watching what I eat at night.”

• Bulls forward Tony Snell arrived for summer league not only with his braids gone, but with 10 pounds of muscle added. “I’ve been in the weight room a lot and I’m eating right,” Snell said. That’ll do it, Tony.

Victor Oladipo is dropping weight this summer. Might want to slow the pace a bit, Vic, considering we have a few months to go…

• Battling with Anthony Davis for MUSCLEWATCH honors may be Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng, who has added 17 pounds(!) since the season ended and has plans to keep going. Do it, Gorgui!

• Finally, Brandon Jennings has some vague weight goals on his mind…

“Coming Home,” the LeBron Remix

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The song “Coming Home” was released late in 2010, and was the biggest hit from Diddy and his group Dirty Money. What’s probably most memorable about the song is the chorus, which is performed by singer Skylar Grey, and has been used over and over in every kind of tribute video, and is particularly applicable in any kind of situation where, well, someone is returning to their home.

So, yes, it makes sense to use this song in reference to LeBron James announcing he’s returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. So much so that Skylar Grey released this video of her performing the song with new lyrics specifically for LeBron’s return…


VIDEO: LeBron Coming Home