Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta Hawks’

How to make a Hawks logo out of Post-It notes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Hawks won the Eastern Conference and start their postseason run this weekend against the Brooklyn Nets. And what better way to commemorate the Hawks’ playoff aspirations than by making a huge Hawks Pacman logo out of Post-It notes on a wall. Must have been a slow day in the office there…

Eric Bledsoe draws foul, gets ejected

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So here’s something you don’t see every day. During last night’s Suns/Hawks game, Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe was leading a fast break when he got slowed down by a foul from Hawks big man Pero Antic. But then, before he could even go to the free throw line, Bledsoe was ejected. As he said later in the Arizona Republic, “I said something else that was inappropriate,” said Bledsoe, who had nine points, five assists and five turnovers in 26 minutes. We were struggling. I don’t know what it was. We just got a little frustrated. We just weren’t in it. We’ve been struggling since the break. Trades just happen.”


VIDEO: Bledsoe tossed

Kyle Korver had an awesome 65 seconds

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The thing that has made the Atlanta Hawks so tough to defend this season is that offensively, the Hawks are completely committed to finding the best possible shot they can find. This means that you often see players give up good shots in order to find a teammate with a great shot. Which means you might get multiple players who are named All-Stars, but there may also be nights where those guys don’t score a ton and instead act as facilitators for the other players.

This was the kind of game Kyle Korver was having last night for the Atlanta Hawks, acting most as a decoy and making life easier for his teammates. Then, all of a sudden, halfway through the third quarter everything opened up for Korver and he got 4 consecutive long jumpers (three threes and one with his foot on the three-point line). Before you watch this clip below, remember that Korver had not scored at all in the game when this stretch below happened. He didn’t score after this stretch. And the Hawks won by 13.


VIDEO: Korver threes

Dominique Wilkins takes on 2 Chainz in HORSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Atlanta, the Hawks not only clinched first place in the Eastern Conference, but they did while rapper 2 Chainz was serving as the team’s honorary CEO for the evening. You got your 2 Chainz shirt from the Hawks Shop before they sold out, right?

Date night. Hope wifey doesn't mind if I wear this.

A photo posted by Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) on

So with Mr. Chainz in Philips Arena for the game last night, it was only right that he squared off against another ATL legend, Dominique Wilkins, in a game of HORSE.

Just played a game of horse Vs Dominique…..straight served him haaaa #TRU2atlanta

A video posted by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on

2 Chainz can shoot! Looks like he wants to be not just the CEO, but a player as well…

Meet new Atlanta Hawks CEO 2 Chainz

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Atlanta has long been a leader in the hip-hop world, so it makes sense that the Atlanta Hawks have teamed up with local hip-hop artists this season. After bringing in T.I. at the beginning of the season, on March 27 the Hawks will have a night hosted by 2 Chainz, the rapper from College Park, just outside Atlanta. Besides introducing a great Hawks shirt in this new video below, the new C.E.O. says he has some big plans…


VIDEO: 2 Chainz CEO

Throwback Thursday: Larry Bird


VIDEO: Larry Bird scores 60 points on the Atlanta Hawks in 1985

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: Larry Bird drops 60 on Hawks

Few players in NBA history are more associated with the word clutch than Boston Celtics great Larry Bird. Over his 12 NBA seasons, he was an All-Star 11 times, won three NBA championships, was a three-time MVP, a two-time Finals MVP and created memory after unforgettable memory in the regular season and postseason.

On this date in 1985, though, Bird accomplished one of his best games ever, torching the Atlanta Hawks for 60 points before 10,079 fans. He was 22-for-36 from the field and 15-for-16 from the free throw line and, shockingly, nailed just one 3-pointer. (You can check out the box score from the game here.) But the memories of that game live on 30 years later.

With that in mind, we take a look back on the career that helped earn Bird the nickname “Larry Legend”.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Larry Bird’s career

What’s your most lasting Bird memory? Leave your comments below!

Larry Bird can’t stop talking trash to Dominique Wilkins

Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLarry Bird was known for not only being one of the greatest players of all time, he was also known as one of the greatest trash talkers to ever play the game. Back in his day, Bird would talk trash to anyone he had to square off against. In fact, just a few weeks ago, Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins told a funny story about Bird talking trash to him…

“One of the first times I ever played against him, I went out for the opening tip and I went to shake his hand. He just stood there and looked at me stone-faced with his hands behind his back,” Wilkins said recently.

“I was like, ‘Whoa.’ Then we were getting ready for the tip and he says to me, ‘You don’t belong in this league, Homes.’ I couldn’t believe it, but it happened so fast, I didn’t know what to think.

“Then they had the ball and I was on him and he said, ‘I don’t know why they got you guarding me, Homes. You can’t guard me.’ Then, whap, he hit a 3. Then he came down again and said, ‘They made a mistake putting you on me, Homes,’ and he took another 3.”

Getting into the story, Wilkins began to act things out with his facial expressions.

“So now I’m hot,” he said. “I’m hot. I mean, I’m steaming.

“Then a little while later, I came down on a break and he was backpedaling. I just went right after him. I jumped up and he tried to challenge, but I took that right through the rim. He fell and hit the basket support.

“He got up and said, ‘I like you, rookie. You’ve got(guts).’ I was happy for a second, and then he said, ‘But I’m still going for 40 on you tonight.’ ”

He then paused the story, stepped back and smiled.

“But I got him,” Wilkins said. “He only scored 39.”

So it was only fitting that yesterday, as the Atlanta Hawks unveiled a new statue in honor of Wilkins, Bird was involved. Bird was unable to be there in person, but he appeared via video and couldn’t help but take another poke at Wilkins…

Atlanta Hawks unveil Twitter tribute to Dominique Wilkins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s a big week for Dominique Wilkins, the Hawks legend who is having a statue made in his honor unveiled today in Atlanta. For those of us who grew us in Atlanta, Nique was everything, as I wrote about today here on NBA.com. But before the statue is unveiled, the Hawks broke out a lo-fi but equally cool tribute to The Human Highlight Film: artwork made from characters. It’s no statue, but it’s a lot easier to copy and paste…

Cavs unveil an on-court arcade

By Jeff Case

Video games and basketball are pretty closely intertwined these days, what with all the excitement that bubbles up with the latest version of NBA 2K and the trash talk it inspires among fans and NBA players, too.

A select number of NBA teams, too, have taken to unveiling and using fancy on-court pregame introductions. The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the first to do it and the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks have done it, too.

So with those two ideas in mind, the Cavs combined them (sorta) by allowing fans to “play” a video game on the Quicken Loans Arena court during timeouts. Check it out …


VIDEO: Cavs on-court video game

A complete history of Robin Lopez fighting mascots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we saw what happened when Atlanta mascot Harry the Hawk faced off against Portland’s Robin Lopez. But because we want the “Inside Stuff,” NBA TV’s Kristen Ledlow went behind the scenes on Lopez vs. stuffing, and got the true story on why Robin Lopez had hates mascots so much.


VIDEO: RoLo Inside