Posts Tagged ‘Bill Russell’

Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues


VIDEO: The Starters: Dominique Wilkins Statue

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: NBA Statues

The Atlanta Hawks will immortalize legendary forward Dominique Wilkins with a statue unveiling at Phillips Arena on Saturday. Wilkins was a 9-time All-Star and averaged 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals during his 12 seasons with the Hawks.

As Atlanta prepares to set Wilkins’ history in stone, this Throwback Thursday, we look back at other NBA legends who have been immortalized through statue.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues

Which NBA statue do you like best? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Bill Russell grabs 51 rebounds


VIDEO: Relive Bill Russell’s remarkable 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: Russell Grabs 51 Rebounds

It’s a number that few imagine will ever be bested.

On February 5, 1960, Bill Russell pulled down a career-high 51 rebounds against the Syracuse Nationals. This mark was the best in league history at the time and solidified Russell’s place as the most dominant player in the game. (That is until Wilt Chamberlain tallied 55 rebounds against Russell and the Boston Celtics nine months later.)

To honor Russell’s incredible accomplishment, we take a look back at his storied career:


Gallery: Bill Russell’s Career

What are your favorite Bill Russell moments? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: All-time rebounds leaders


VIDEO: Moses Malone career retrospective

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: All-Time Rebounds Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time rebounds leaders.

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


Gallery: TBT: All-time rebounds leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders
All-time blocks leaders

Which of these players would you most want to clean up your misses? Leave your comments below!

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!

Throwback Thursday: Three-Time MVPs


VIDEO: Best Small Forwards: Larry Bird

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: Three-time MVPs

On May 29, 1987, the Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird won his third straight NBA Most Valuable Player award. He became just the third player to ever accomplish this feat, joining legends Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

To honor Bird’s incredible run, this Throwback Thursday we look back at the nine players who have won three or more MVP awards.

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


Gallery: TBT: Three-time MVPs

Who’s your favorite of these MVPs? Leave your comments below!

Andre Drummond Channels Bill Russell

Doc Rivers recently said that his starting center DeAndre Jordan carries qualities of legendary center Bill RussellThough it’s no surprise for coaches to veer into the realm of hyperbole to unlock potential of their players (think of Mark Jackson’s declaration of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson being the best shooting backcourt in NBA history), Rivers isn’t wrong. DJ is springy, he lives on the glass and deters weak and strong forays to the basket alike.

There was another element about Russell. The Lord of the Rings is praised for his ability to turn a block into a turnover, making defense offensive and piling on assists from the defensive end. More than anybody, in the process of altering shots his own way, Russell altered the way practitioners and fans viewed defense on the hardwood.

On Monday night, there were plenty of stout rejections, but it was the Pistons’ young pivot Andre Drummond who demonstrated to a new generation the art of turning a block into a quick two:


VIDEO: Andre Drummond swats Nando De Colo’s attempt to the running Brandon Jennings