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Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1960s


VIDEO: Wilt Chamberlain became a dominant NBA force in the 1960s

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 1960s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1960s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1970s!

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


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of 1960s

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

NBA Musicians

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Finals are over. The draft is over. Most of the free agents have agreed to terms. Summer League is over.

And now, before the FIBA Basketball World Cup gets going in September, we have a little bit of NBA down time. Which doesn’t mean the NBA talk stops — instead, it just takes a turn toward the…strange.

For instance, last night on Twitter, somehow the hashtag #NBAmusicians started trending. What was this hashtag? Basically, people took NBA player’s names and mashed them up with band names. And it’s still going this morning!

How did all this start? That’s not important. What’s important is that it did start, and then the Twitter accounts of actual NBA teams started playing along, and next thing you know you’ve got a trending topic. Here are some of the greatest hits…

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Watching the World Cup with Dennis

By Joe Boozell

Atlanta Hawks second year player Dennis Schroder is many things – a jet-quick point guard with a killer first step, a first round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and an avid soccer fan. He also happens to be German, and the German national team won the World Cup on Sunday.

HawksTV got to tag along with Schroder for the final match against Argentina, and at around the 1:45 mark, Dennis does what any German soccer fan watching the match would do: He goes absolutely bonkers when Germany scores the winning goal.


BOLD: Dennis Schroder reacts to Germany goal

Love the enthusiasm, Dennis, but the people through the TV screen can’t actually hear you.

 

No. 13 – Champs aplenty in this class

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Otis Thorpe and Hakeem Olajuwon

Otis Thorpe (left) and Hakeem Olajuwon won a title together in 1994.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, Tony Campbell, Jerome Kersey, Rick Carlisle

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Providence (Thorpe), Michigan State (Willis), Ohio State (Campbell), Longwood (Kersey), Virginia (Carlisle)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 9th overall by Kansas City Kings (Thorpe), 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks (Willis), 20th overall by Detroit Pistons (Campbell), 46th overall by Portland Trail Blazers (Kersey), 70th overall by Boston Celtics (Carlisle)

Draft fact: Players from the 1984 Draft combined to win 13 NBA championships. Here’s the breakdown: Michael Jordan (six championships), Hakeem Olajuwon (two), Otis Thorpe (one), Kevin Willis (one), Tony Campbell (one), Jerome Kersey (one) and Rick Carlisle (one).


VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon guides the Houston Rockets to the 1995 championship

We’re just 13 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 44 – Wills outlasts his Draft mates

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Kevin Willis

Kevin Willis was the last member of the 1984 Draft class to retire.

Name: Kevin Willis

Position: Forward/Center

Vitals: 7-feet, 220 pounds

Birthday: Sept. 6, 1962

College: Michigan State

Drafted in 1984: 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks

Draft fact: Kevin Willis, the 11th player chosen in the 1984 Draft, was 44 years old when he finally retired after the 2006-07 season. Among ’84 draftees, Willis played in 1,424 games (second only to John Stockton’s 1,504) and he was the last player to retire from his Draft class.

We’re just 44 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 53 – All-Stars aplenty in class of ’84

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan and John Stockton

The 1984 Draft boasted All-Stars aplenty.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Alvin Robertson, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, John Stockton

Colleges/Countries: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Arkansas (Robertson), Providence (Thorpe), Michigan State (Willis), Gonzaga (Stockton)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 9th overall by Kansas City Kings (Thorpe), 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks (Willis), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton)

Draft fact: The 1984 Draft boasted 53 All-Star selections, which were earned by seven players. Here’s the breakdown: Jordan (14 All-Star Games), Olajuwon (12), Barkley (11), Stockton (10), Robertson (4), Thorpe (1), Willis (1)


VIDEO: Relive Charles Barkley’s top 5 plays from the All-Star Game

We’re just 53 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 59 – Willis fills up the basket

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Kevin Willis

Kevin Willis made 7,000-plus FGs in his career.

Name: Kevin Willis

Position: Forward/Center

Vitals: 7-feet, 220 pounds

Birthday: Sept. 6, 1962

College: Michigan State

Drafted in 1984: 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks

Draft fact: Kevin Willis, who was chosen 11th in the 1984 Draft, connected on 7,095 fields goals. That number is the 59th most made field goals in NBA history.

We’re just 59 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 80 — Willis a top-100 NBA scorer

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of The84Drafton NBA TV.

Name: Kevin Willis

Kevin Willis

Kevin Willis was a top-notch scorer in Atlanta.

Position: Forward/Center

Vitals: 7-feet, 220 pounds

Birthday: Sept. 6, 1962

College: Michigan State

Drafted in 1984: 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks

Draft fact: Kevin Willis, the 11th player taken in the 1984 Draft, scored 17,523 points … which ranks him 80th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.


VIDEO: Take a look back at Kevin Willis’ career with the Atlanta Hawks

We’re just 80 hours away from The84Draft on NBA TV! Watch NBA TV for the complete story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

The Lance Stephenson trolling continues

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It was nearly a week ago now that Indiana’s Lance Stephenson made a name for himself as one of the NBA’s best agitators. And even though several days have past, the world can’t stop having fun with Lance’s antics.

Earlier today, the Atlanta Hawks wished a happy birthday to Al Horford, and used a photoshopped version of Lance to help Al extinguish the candle (the tweet has since been pulled) …

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Meanwhile, last night the WWE rolled into Indianapolis, and in order to properly get the local fans riled up, WWE superstar Damian Sandow did his best Lance impression…at least until The Big Show showed up…


VIDEO: WWE on Lance

Lance Stephenson dunk attempt sums up Pacers frustrations

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Indiana Pacers were one of the NBA’s best teams for most of this season. And then the last two months happened, when absolutely nothing was going right. And now the Pacers find themselves down 3-2 in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks, the Eastern Conference’s worst playoff team.

Last night the Pacers fell behind with a brutal home performance, which included going down 30 at one point before a furious late rally made it a bit more respectable. When things aren’t going your way, nothing seems to work out, as we saw last night on this drive and dunk attempt from Lance Stephenson. (Hey Starters, I demand a recount!)


VIDEO: Lance dunk wedgie