Posts Tagged ‘Boston Celtics’

NBA players from Georgetown give back in big way

Rockets v Grizzlies

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The list of NBA players who played their college ball at Georgetown University is long and impressive: Ewing, Mourning, Mutombo, Iverson, Hibbert. And that’s just for a start. The common thread for most of those guys, besides the University itself, is longtime coach John Thompson Jr., who coached many of them (or did his son, John Thompson III).

In the spring, Georgetown announced that it would break ground on a state-of-the-art athletics facility named for Coach Thompson. Since the announcement, several former Hoya basketball players have announced they would be donating money to help make the facility a reality. Last week, Jeff Green kicked in a million dollars, and Patrick Ewing and his longtime agent David Falk joined together to give over $3 million. And then yesterday, it was announced that Pacers center Roy Hibbert would be kicking in a million dollars as well. As Hibbert told the Washington Post, “It’s important for me to give back as much as possible. I actually gave [Thompson Jr.] a call, and then we talked for a little bit today, wished him happy birthday. He was a big part of my development at school. He always said what was on his mind. He was out pushing me to be a better player. Obviously he’s a legend.”

Nice to see these guys willing to give back in such a substantial way.

Doc Rivers has an awesome home office

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDoc Rivers has spent most of his adult life around the NBA, either as a player, announcer or, currently, as a coach in Orlando, Boston and Los Angeles. So it would stand to reason that during those decades, Rivers has probably accumulated some pretty cool stuff. And thanks to this photo from CNN’s Rachel Nichols, who visited Rivers’ home for an interview, his home office is jammed with a ton of awesome memorabilia…

(via NIS)

Marcus Smart throws out first pitch at Fenway

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Throwing out the first pitch at a baseball must be a terrifying experience — you’re standing out there on the mound, all alone, with everyone focused on you. We’ve seen in the past things go well, and we’ve seen things go not so well.

The Celtics had a camera crew follow rookie guard Marcus Smart last night as he went to a Red Sox game to throw out the first pitch. And while he admits several times to being nervous, we might have a new contender for the best first pitch of the summer thus far…


VIDEO: Smart Pitch

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1980s


VIDEO: Relive the top moments from The 1983 Finals between the Sixers and 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 1980s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1980s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1990s!

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


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 1980s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s

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

Michael Jordan can still make shots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the best scenes in the movie Blue Chips is when former Celtics great Bob Cousy calmly walks to the free throw line and calmly drains 15 free throws in a row, all during one take. It’s all about muscle memory and technique, which apparently the greats can recall on short notice.

A few weeks ago at his Flight School basketball camp, Michael Jordan stepped onto the court and, in front of what appears to be hundreds of people, strolled around the court and knocked down 11 jumpers in a row. He may be 51 years old now but hey, when you got it, you got it…


VIDEO: MJ Shooting

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!

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!

No. 13 – Champs aplenty in this class

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.

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. 57 – Carlisle shines as NBA coach

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.

Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle led the Mavs to the 2011 championship.

Name: Rick Carlisle

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

Birthday: Oct. 27, 1959

College: Virginia

Drafted in 1984: 70th overall (No. 23 in third round) by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: Rick Carlisle, the 70th player selected in the 1984 Draft, has enjoyed a successful NBA coaching career. During the 2010-11 season, Carlisle led the Dallas Mavericks to a 57-win regular season en route to Dallas collecting its first NBA championship. He has 569 wins as an NBA coach and was Coach of the Year in 2001-02 with the Detroit Pistons.


VIDEO: Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks lock up the 2011 championship

We’re just 57 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. 62 – Champs close out ’84 Draft

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.

Name: Dan Trant

College: Clark University

Drafted in 1984: 61st overall (No. 14 in third round) by Dallas Mavericks

Draft fact: After winning 62 games in 1983-84, the Boston Celtics had the NBA’s best record and, as such, the last pick in every round of the 1984 Draft. They used the final pick in the festivities, No. 228 overall, to select Dan Trant of Clark University.

We’re just 62 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.